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Ghost Lake (2004)

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In a small town in upstate New York, local residents were drowned as a dam was built and the town was flooded to create the Rushford Lake. One hundred years later, the souls of the drowned are becoming restless...


Jay Woelfel


Jay Woelfel





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatum Adair ... Rebecca Haster
Timothy Prindle ... Stan James
Gregory Lee Kenyon ... Sheriff Dobbs
Azure Sky Decker Azure Sky Decker ... Flora / Saundra Tompson
Chuck Franklin Chuck Franklin ... Doctor Bloch
Damian Maffei ... Young Fisherman / Son #2 on Boat
Dan Metcalf Dan Metcalf ... Old Fisherman
Linda Brown Linda Brown ... Ruth Haster
Raymond Suriani Raymond Suriani ... Richard Haster
Rick Kesler ... Reverend
Edward M. Valenta Edward M. Valenta ... Sexy Club Guy
Mary Ann Layman Mary Ann Layman ... Librarian
Carolyn Ricketts Carolyn Ricketts ... Grandma Tompson
Richard M. Kennedy Richard M. Kennedy ... Grandpa Tompson
Cindy Ohanian Cindy Ohanian ... Car Crash Wife


Rebecca Haster blames herself for the death of her parents and decides to spend sometime alone in the lakeside cottage of her parents in Rushford Lake. She meets Stan James on the road and gives a lift to the stranger. Later they become friends, while Rebecca sees supernatural events with drowned people in the lake. While searching the accidents in the library, she finds that mysterious deaths happen in the spot every thirteen years. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Evil Rises.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror images and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 April 2005 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

The Empty Lake See more »

Filming Locations:

Rushford, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$110,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Young Wolf Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rushford Lake in New York is a real place. The history of the lake is also real. The remains of two towns rest at the bottom of the lake which was created by a dam which was completed in 1930. See more »


As Becky is confronting Flora/Saundra in the library, we see the dollhouse behind Becky. We already know there's no one else in the library except the librarian, yet when the camera is on Becky, you can see that someone playing with puppets in the attic window of the dollhouse. See more »


Sheriff Dobbs: No, don't die... yet.
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Referenced in Yes Man (2008) See more »

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It's not for everyone and it really isn't that great but the film has alittle charm to it and does what it sets out to do.
1 June 2005 | by crueltwistoffateSee all my reviews

Low budget horror. What else can I say...some are good and some are just plain bad. Now there are different levels of bad...there's the bad that's good (like House of the Dead)and then there's bad that should be shot into the sun (like Home Alone 3,Good Boy). I've always been a big fan of low budget horror and I've been lucky enough that all the films I've checked out have been a real treat. I've only been burnt once and I was afraid that Ghost Lake might be like that one. I wasn't really in the mood to watch anything, but I heard the Ghost Lake started with the lead going topless and I decided to at least watch that part until I figured out something else to watch. Well, I ended up watching the whole movie and liked it very much.It's a good little film with a good plot,some good effects and good music. But the only real problem is that some of the actors seemed off at times which really annoyed me at times.Some of the plot seemed to get lost during the explanation scene and while you trying to figure out what the hell they're talking about they're already moved on. If they would cleared up alittle more on the history of the lake(which is a real place) then I would have saved me some stress.Now the movie does have a lot of story to it, there's no real ACTION to speak of so those who expected a non stop action ride better go watch Dawn of the Dead (04) again. Because this film is more about the story, the history and the ghost are really there to serve the plot then being the plot. But if you stick it out and forgive afew laughable moment, the off acting moments(I swear all of the old people in this movie were dreadful), then you'll like this one. A big plus for for me is having the lead,Tatum Adair, naked is always a big plus for me. Could it have been better? Yes. But I think they did good with what they had.

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