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Another Zalman's Best.
on July 13, 2012
7/12: Of course, only Zalman King can pull this off. He (recently died this February) was primarily focused on making soft porn films (the fancy word is "erotica") that actually rose above the material with plenty of creativity through editing, serious acting, and an actual storyline. Lake Consequence is among them and right up there with 9 ½ Weeks and Two Moon Junction. The difference between the aforementioned films and the likes of Wild Orchid and Another 9 ½ Weeks (which he had nothing to do with) is the "less is more" factor in the sex scenes. Where 9 ½ Weeks succeeds, Another 9 ½ Weeks fails because it is not as mysterious. In Lake Consequence, Billy is as mysterious as John, and that is what excites Irene. That's why she did what she normally wouldn't do. She keeps trying to turn around but only to return to the unknown territory. If it isn't for the moral aspect of the film, Lake Consequence may very well be labeled as another trashy romance flick. Now, that is what makes it a standout and worth watching. Two Moon Junction is a great film due to the blend of the Southern styles and the rugged simplicity of life. I see plenty of that in Lake Consequence. It's interesting how many soft porn flicks try to get away with using so much sex but so little of the story, but not Zalman King...he actually places an equal amount of emphasis on both sides. The sex scenes work very well. Even more so is the editing skills of James Bedford and Curtis Edge. If it weren't for them, I don't think Lake Consequence would be as successful. It's evident that they took their notes from Easy Rider, long before The Limey was made, and used noticeable techniques to unfold the story. The ending is as good as it comes and is perfectly sensible. As for the cast, Billy Zane, Joan Severance, and May Karasun are all excellent and perfect in Lake Consequence. The title is great and pretty much sums up the film. The writing is very good and effectively makes the scenes to overheat with passion. Why I am dropping a point from the film is that I felt that Billy's character came out uneven when he started to get angry and blurted out expletives. That part is unnecessary for it to happen. I like to see uniformity throughout the film just to keep the mysteriousness intact like how John's was in 9 ½ Weeks, all the way until the dramatic ending. Had that part be reworked out, I think Lake Consequence may have been a masterpiece. Notice that in one scene where Billy and Irene were tussling around in the middle of the greens, you see Billy's top hair looking much different than usual. I just can't believe that they used a stunt double for something so simple as that. All in all, Zalman King scores another success out of Lake Consequence. As a side note, after Zalman King passed away, it is revealed to me that Stanley Kubrick had called him every night to get notes on how to shoot the steamy scenes for the movie Eyes Wide Shut. That makes perfect sense because that film is very Zalmanesque.