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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?


Some of the locations where the movie says people drowned in the past, are real locations where drownings occurred. 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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Not scary, not good
31 March 2006 | by oskhenSee all my reviews

I'm one of those who really get easily scared by movies, and especially horror movies, of course. I'm so easy scared that it's almost embarrassing. It doesn't even really have to happen anything; if the mood is at least done almost right, I can sit in intense suspense and wait for something to happen.

So the strange thing about this movie is: I did not get scared. I mean - I probably jumped a bit in the seat one or two times, and I think I felt a bit, and only a bit, of suspense maybe three or four minutes together, during the whole movie.

That must mean that they hardly did anything right, right? And that's right - they hardly did anything right: Most of the supposed-to-be-scare-stuff happened in broad daylight. I mean, how scary is broad daylight? And the mentioned stuff was for a big part filmed from far away, and how scary is stuff that is filmed from far away? Another thing: what did they do with the screen all the time?!? That division-stuff - disturbing!!! And I still wonder how the lead-lady figured out the secret of "now is the 13th year, so they are going to kill 13 people", for instance. Much of the plotting was completely not understandable.

Okay, one cool thing to end with: the start really freaked me out - with the place-to-place- and time-jumping.

Oh, did I mentioned that much of the acting (though not all) was completely laughable? The bad-guy-laughter from the three Zombies by the lake near the end was probably the most artificial (both concerning acting and directing) I've ever seen - and I've seen my share of oldies.

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