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Rana: The Legend of Shadow Lake (1981)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Horror | 1981 (USA)
When Kelly Morgan was 11 years old he had a terrifying encounter with Rana, a strange half man/half frog monster living in a lake. The creature killed his father and many other people ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Paul Callaway Paul Callaway ... Rana
Richard Lange Richard Lange ... Rana
Glenn Scherer Glenn Scherer ... Kelly Sr.
Brad Ellingson Brad Ellingson ... Kelly Jr.
Karen McDiarmid Karen McDiarmid ... Elli
Alan Ross Alan Ross ... John
Julie Wheaton Julie Wheaton ... Susan
Jerry Gregoris Jerry Gregoris ... Charlie
Jim Iaquinta Jim Iaquinta ... Burley
Bruno Alexander ... Cal (as Bruno Aclin)
Michael Skewes Michael Skewes ... Mike (as Michael J. Skewes)
Doreen Moze Doreen Moze ... Chris
Lorry Getz Lorry Getz ... Sorenson
Angel Rebane Angel Rebane ... Baby Rana


When Kelly Morgan was 11 years old he had a terrifying encounter with Rana, a strange half man/half frog monster living in a lake. The creature killed his father and many other people before Kelly destroyed it. Now as a young man he returns to search for the monster's hidden treasure, and to see if the legendary creature really was killed. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Something's wrong beneath shadow lake... dead wrong!


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1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Croaked: Frog Monster from Hell See more »

Filming Locations:

Gleason, Wisconsin, USA

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Galaxy One Productions See more »
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As Kelly catches a fish early in the movie he winds his reel repeatedly, but the bobber on the fishing line never moves. See more »


Kelly Jr.: So what are you going to do with the fossil now?
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Another Bill Rebane Creature Feature
12 May 2014 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

If you know Bill Rebane, you'll know what to expect here: Low budget antics with local actors, z-grade effects, and yet an overall charming atmosphere. This is one of his better efforts as it actually has things happening during the plot.

A guy and his gal end up on an isolated island and in between heavy petting, he recounts and incident from his childhood while growing up on the island with his father. When he was but a kid, some folks ended up on the island looking into some sort of legend (and of course the treasure implied by the legend). You've got some treasure hunters masquerading as loggers, and odds with local crazy hunter Charlie (they exchange pot shots at each other fairly regularly), two scientist chicks, and another scientist guy who very early on gets killed by some creature in the lagoon.

Bottom line is: there's a crazy frog monster in the lake in the middle of the island and he's not too happy at being disturbed. The loggers are next on the menu (and the also clash with our narrator's dad several times), but when old Charlie gets plugged our frog guy goes mental and it's up to our survivors to get off the island before Rana gets them all, and who will survive (except the narrator, of course, but then we've got to find out why he came back).

Much more exciting than Rebane's Alpha Incident and The Game, Rana is a more straightforward horror film which pleased me to no end as I'm a sucker for a regional film. The plot moves very fast (for a Rebane film) and there's even a smattering of gore here and there. The acting is what you'd expect if you know Rebane's films, and some of the music was downright funky. Rather high incidents of slow motion throughout, for some reason.

To summarise: If you're curious about Bill Rebane, try this one, Demons of Ludlow and the Giant Spider invasion. Lesser works included the strange film The Game, the boring Alpha Incident, and the so-so comedy Twister's Revenge.

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