"Lake Dead" DVD
Well, the Broken Clock
Theory does have its obverse--while it may be right twice a day,
it's still wrong plenty of others, and "Lake Dead" is
going to be one of those.
You would think that
the upshot to the After Dark Horrorfest is that even the worst
movie in the rotation is still pretty good, but sadly, for the
first time, that's just plain old not the case. "Lake Dead"
is garbage. Utter garbage. How this got into a block of otherwise
excellent movies is beyond me.
But, I guess, someone's
got to be the dog, so let's sail right into this barker. Basically,
sisters of a really horrible family managed to inherit a motel
out in the middle of nowhere, and they need to figure out what
to do with it. Meanwhile, the sisters stumble across a family
of redneck psychopaths in the midst of a killing spree, and put
themselves unwittingly on the block. Plus, they get to learn just
how horrible their family truly is.
Which has been done
unto death several times, and I guess "Lake Dead" is
just trying to be the "The Hamiltons" of the 2007 Horrorfest,
but man. One, I can't believe Texas Chainsaw Knockoffs still exist,
and two, I REALLY can't believe that one of them got into the
After Dark Horrorfest! That's wrong for so many reasons that just
picking one is tough to do.
And this is really
all "Lake Dead" is, folks, just another Texas Chainsaw
Knockoff packed with psychopathic backwoods types who like killing
and raping and suchlike. That filmmakers actually think this kind
of gratuitous violence passes for scary is perhaps the greatest
blow of all.
Worse yet, "Lake
Dead" suffers minus points right off for its use of thoroughly
chee-zee CG blood effects. Used to be they'd have to do something
semi-realistic with blood makeup and squibs and such...now they
can just drop in a graphic of a head shot and call it a day. I
can't say I approve of that, but it by itself is a minor issue.
Especially when compared against everything else.
The ending borders
on the downright reprehensible, frankly, because rape is bad enough,
but incestual rape is even worse.
The special features
include audio and video options, English closed captions, Miss
Horrorfest Contest webisodes and both English and Spanish subtitles.
All in all, I'm thoroughly
revolted by "Lake Dead" and am having a really hard
time wrapping my head around the existance of this miserable little
thing. An easy contender for worst of the Horrorfest yet, "Lake
Dead" makes "The Hamiltons" look like "Night
of the Living Dead."
Directed by George Bessudo
Written by Daniel P. Coughlin
Starring Alex Quinn, Tara Gerard, Kelsey Crane, Kelsey Wedeen
Produced by Mike Karkeh, Todd Chamberlain
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