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House by the Lake (2017)

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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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Adam Gierasch

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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
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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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Horror | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Not Half Bad with "Scott" carrying the Movie
15 October 2017 | by tdwillis-26273See all my reviews

The feel of this movie is contradictory right from the beginning for me. Some aspects are decidedly 2nd rate...some camera work and editing, and acting, at times. But There are some top notch aspects that made this film worth a chance. It isn't a horror, more of a thriller and it wasn't half bad.

The script has the flavor of a life time movie. (Maybe a 13+ rating)Which isn't a terrible thing if you are OK with that type of movie. The acting of the father/husband "Scott" was VERY impressive. I haven't seen him in anything else before but his work stood head and tales above the rest of the cast.

The score/music is well done if not a bit overly dramatic. The story is realistic in that there is a struggle within the marriage over the stress of having an autistic child. A mother who is overly fearful and controlling. A nanny is hired to help them with the child when they visit the lake house.

The plot was nice, in that it didn't strictly follow the norm. What you would expect to happen in this type of movie is not what you get. There is by no means any type of WOW, heart attack moments, as the viewer, but there is connection to the characters and an interest in wanting to see what happens to them.

For an independent lower budget movie, this happen to be one of the better ones. Id give it a chance.


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