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House by the Lake (2017)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 10 October 2017 (USA)
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A struggling married couple try to reconnect at an idyllic lake house, but their relationship is tested when their young daughter begins to fixate on an imaginary friend that may or may not be real.


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Credited cast:
Natasha Bassett ... Gwen
Mark Berry Mark Berry ... McKendry
Michael Bowen ... Harry
James Callis ... Scott
Anne Dudek ... Karen
Jon Fedele Jon Fedele ... Fish Man
Lee Garlington ... Dr. Llywelyn
Amiah Miller ... Emma
Guy Nardulli ... Galuzzo


Story follows the Morgans, a loving yet troubled family hoping to reconnect while on vacation. When their autistic 10-year-old daughter (Miller) begins to fixate on a mysterious friend who may or may not be real, she retreats further into her own world and family tensions rise to the surface. Written by anonymous

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Release Date:

10 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dark Lake See more »

Filming Locations:

Big Bear Lake, California, USA


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$300,000 (estimated)
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Anvil Entertainment See more »
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Shot over 10 days in Big Bear, California. See more »

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Holy Crap
11 October 2017 | by the_doofySee all my reviews

I got the tingles from this thing

The relationship between hubby and wifey is in the stage that a lot of marriages eventually get into, where they are at each others throat and pretty much ready to part, but seeing if they can grind it out. Generally movies don't touch on this aspect of marriage so realistically, hel its one reason people watch TV and movies, to get away from this kind of reality. This Hel stage of marriage is a very central concept to the movie. Its not over the top but done in a way that has U thinking its two actual married people unhappy with how things are going.

There is even a strong moral message in this movie to couples who expose their children to their bickering/fighting with each other, many parents don't really give a sht what this does to their kids.

I think the traditional movie threads U get in this kind of flick were tossed into the blender on purpose, because we have been programmed by dozens of prior movies to have certain expectations as to characters and outcomes.

I kept guessing and predicting as to what was going to happen, and crossing my fingers that I would be wrong for a change, and for once got my wish.

The acting in this movie was realistic, the manner in which the kid's autism is manifested lends itself to the ending. I'm guessing some viewers will be wanting something more over the top in this department.

A lot of people may not care for this movie, they are going to want formula adherence. Some expectations will not be met. There is very little if any 'filler', most things are in it for a reason. Even the very ending when one spouse looks at the other and then cutting to the credits with the closing song gives us a resolution to the marriage. Very well done movie

As for me, I felt like I was watching a real couple with real issues, {the 'mom' stuff was particularly gritty.} I kept trying to guess at stuff and was wrong enough for the movie to keep me engaged for a change, and I was creeped out by the way the story unfolds instead of being creeped out by buckets of blood.

Acting A, Direction A, effects C, Script A, Camera work B, music B-

8 from me, probably something much lower from the general viewing public

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