The Bottom Line: “Could sister be a child, Of the dead lake” ~Adagio
I’m not one to be squeamish about slasher flicks but Lake Dead,really, rather tasteless. It’s much like Hills Have Eyes & Texas Chainsaw [the originals not the dweeb new ones] where people are killed just because they exist. The other thing they have in common is the family tree, or lack thereof. As in those movies, this one has a singular branch on the tree and they keep the line ‘pure’ by not straying outside the family core for breeding purposes. That is, except for John Lake, who escapes the madness and marries outside the familial bounds. John’s marriage gave him two beautiful daughters, Brielle & Kelly, as well as a step-daughter, Samantha.
A surprise phone call, late one night, lets Brielle know her grandfather has just passed away, leaving his estate to his granddaughters. This is confusing to her, since her father had told her that his parents were dead. At the funeral she confronts him and he begs her to stay away from the property and all it harbors. Samantha seems rather groundless, always in debt or drunk, or both. Brielle seems to be in a steady relationship and I think Kelly is a college student. Samantha, never one to go with the flow blows off the funeral and says she will meet up with them at the hotel they have inherited.
Samantha meets a swift and gory demise on her arrival. This all takes place in about the first 3 minutes of the movie.
Brielle with boyfriend, Kelly with slutty girlfriend, and a couple that are friends of Brielle’s boyfriend, head out for the property, Lake Motel. On arriving they are greeted by a kindly old lady that runs the establishment. Electing to stay in their huge mobile home instead of the motel, the troop heads out for a scenic spot along side the lake.
It seems the guy-pal of Brielle’s boyfriend has been known to have a wandering eye. Add quite a bit of alcohol, and a gal in little or nothing clothes, you can feel trouble brewing immediately as soon as they make camp. The wanderlust guy and the wandering gal head off to gather firewood and, instead, met a rather awful end. When the others discover the body of the guy swinging from a tree, they hightail it out of there so fast it would make your head swim. But not fast enough.
Instead they are met, along the way, by Sheriff Chuck, who promises them rescue. Little do they know that Chuck is a Lake and so is the kindly old lady at the motel, who happens to be his mother. She is also John’s mother. There is one truly disgusting scene, which I didn’t need, between Chuck and momma. Nasty. There are two other offlings, mutated sorts which is to be expected with all that inbreeding, that do most of the actual killings.
It is mommas plan to keep those two darling Lake girls to help increase the brood. I just might add, it goes completely downhill from here with additional gore and murders. I probably don’t have to tell you this, but Lake Dead received an R rating for violence, gore, rape, language, sexual content, and drug use. It was directed by George Bessudo - nope, no awards. On the up side, the cinematography is rather good, clean and crisp.
There is nothing original or even particularly good about this movie, except for the cinematography. It’s the same horse that has run a million races but it is swaybacked and rather lackluster. You grow no affection for any of the characters and, frankly, could give a flying frig if they all get killed off.
If the goal of "Lake Dead" was to be tasteless, then mission accomplished. If its goal was to be entertaining, better luck next time. This is one of the most dreadful horror films I've ever seen--so dreadful that I'm not sure it was made with the horror genre in mind. I say this because, so far as I can tell, it's not about scaring the audience, but about being excessive, and not in a way that's campy or satirical. I saw this movie late at night, with a small but dedicated group of people who actually … more
A trio of sisters travels to their departed grandfather's home to collect on their inheritance, but they get far more than they bargained for. The disturbed family that has taken over his house doesn't want to give it up, and they show the girls something far less than country hospitality.