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The Lake (1998)

A nurse returns to her home town to care for her dying father, and finds everyone she knows there has undergone a bizarre personality change.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jackie Ivers
... Dr. Jeff Chapman
... Steve Ivers
... Dylan Hydecker
... Mayor Louise Terry
... Denise Hydecker
... Officer Gary Reed
... Officer Mills (as Matthew Beck)
... Herb
... Maggie
... Dr. Braden
... The Man
... Lt. Governor Chandler
... Chief Ramirez
David Dunard ... Lt. Frank Thompson (as David S. Dunard)
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Jackie Ivers is a Los Angeles nurse who returns home to the small town of San Vicente to find that her friends and family have taken on bizarrely different personalities. Jackie notices that everyone who goes into the town's lake come out different. As the movie progresses, Jackie witnesses what is happening to everyone around her as she is kidnapped by people from a parallel world which is the duplicate to Earth but is now polluted and the ozone layer gone. In order to survive, the duplicates intend to take over Earth. The entrance to the duplicate Earth called the vortex, which are located in major bodies of water, ponds, and lakes. Written by Anonymous

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Beneath the surface lies terror. See more »


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1 February 1998 (USA)  »

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A rettegés tava  »

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Jackie: Maggie, I need your help. Everybody goes into the lake and comes out different.
Maggie: You sure got that right honey.
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Terrific Idea Falls Apart Near The End
12 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the many iterations of the "Invasion Of The Body Snatchers" theme of duplicates replacing originals. The title refers to the lake where some kind of vortex is the meeting place of two worlds. The film manages to really build suspense through the first hour, and is quite well done for a TV film. But like so many of these stories, the explanation is far fetched and a bit of a letdown. Having Haley Joel Osment is a plus, in a supporting role, but by the end, what might have been a 9 or 10 gets a generous 8, mainly because it was so captivating for the majority of the film.


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