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What do you get when you add Ghost Town + Old Witch + The Possessed +
Unsuspecting Couple? --What you get is The Unsuspecting Couple
traveling to Ghost Town where they run afoul of Old Witch and The
Possessed. As is usual with these things, it takes a little time for
the couple to figure out something is terribly wrong and that they need
to book. Only it's not that simple (no entertainment otherwise, folks).
Chick and her fiancée go looking for her uncle Verne in some place called "Lost Lake" since he's supposed to walk her down the aisle about a month hence and he's been incommunicado. The couple set out and after receiving an oblique warning by a store owner (as is usual with these things) they arrive at Lost Lake which turns out to be a ghost town where uncle Verne is supposedly "ghost hunting" and researching. They are intrigued by the abandoned town and do a little exploring until they eventually run into Uncle Verne who acts like he's on uppers or something and who wants the couple to stick around and help him record the ghost with their cell phones "video capabilities". I had to chuckle at this point since I had this visual of people going around looking for ghosts with their cell phones. Where was uncle Verne's "more professional" ghost-hunting equipment would have been the natural question to ask at this point. But I guess brains addled by upcoming nuptials did not think to ask.
Nothing in terms of action or suspense happens until past the halfway point of this movie when the couple decide it's a good time to leave after an unimpressive (to me) encounter with "something" inside a building. Most of the action at this point was from the couple being chased by a machete wielding possessed man aided and manipulated by a wrinkled old mute witch and another long dead. Finally, a long build up or stretch of nothing happening only works if there is a huge payoff toward the end which, sadly, did not happen here. The movie should have gotten the ball rolling sooner, so to speak. Had it done that it could have picked up 1 o 2 more stars from me. By the time it became mildly interesting it was as they say "too little, too late". Love, Boloxxxi.
Guy in movie claims to not know about "Fantasy Island" American TV show 1972...("before my time") and later make a knowing reference to the "Brady Bunch" American TV series 1969...
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Jeff takes his girlfriend Tricia to Lost Lake, a ghost town in the
middle of the desert, to find her eccentric occult-hunting Uncle, after
she has an ominous dream about him. Once there the three go
ghost-hunting to appease the old coot, little realizing the true nature
of the town.
I would say that the movie was all style and no substance, but that would hardly be true as this film had no style either. It was akin to watching a particularly long and excruciatingly bad episode of Ghost Hunters (but thankfully not in the hand-held faux- documentary style) turned crappy possession film. Furthermore I've seen some bad acting before and this is up amongst the worst in that aspect as well.
Where I saw it: Redbox Instant
It angers and saddens me that films like this are still getting made. The filmmakers are criminals as they robbed me of my hard earned cash and wasted 80 minutes of my life! If you make it as far as the credits you will see the hundreds of people that were involved in the making of this terrible film and you will find yourself asking - did not one of these people have the balls to say "look guys, this is total trash, let's just go back to our day jobs or find another film to work on? We shouldn't finish this as it will end up on the shelves of Blockbuster for people to rent and ultimately write bad reviews about on IMDb.com." Didn't anyone have the guts to say this!? Clearly not. Desperation is an evil thing. They should take every copy of this film and throw it in a lake which would be far more entertaining to watch than this 'film'. Save your time and your money and stay away from this rubbish.
TERROR AT LOST LAKE is a derivative thriller-cum-slasher movie with
just four cast members and a predictable script to boast of. The best
thing about it is the setting of a remote desert ghost town, long
abandoned and full of dust, tumbleweed, and decay. It's a pity that the
writers couldn't have concocted a more exciting story to take place in
these splendidly atmospheric surroundings.
The essence of the story is that a couple of youthful characters (an annoying girl and her boyfriend) go searching for her missing uncle, only to discover that he's up to his neck in paranormal research. What transpires around the halfway mark I didn't buy for a second, with the ghost and psycho genres failing to gel very well. The film's denouement is pretty routine: WOLF CREEK is an obvious inspiration here, but the film-makers can't hope to hold a candle to that masterpiece.
This was a great thriller. It did not take long for this story to get real creepy. I had fun watching this and really enjoyed the atmosphere of the movie. I enjoyed it so much that I Googled Trona to see if the city really exists. The set designers must of went all out for this one because they made everything seem so old and weathered. The acting was pretty good and the lead actress is very easy on the eyes. I think they cast this movie perfectly! The uncle was super creepy and he kept me wondering what next, what next ?!?! I also jumped a few times in the movie (I wont spoil anything for you) and really enjoyed the ending. I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys thrillers, spooky scenes, snakes and hot girls.
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