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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2012
Viewed: 7/12
Rate: 9

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.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2011
I had watched Lake Consequence severals years ago and promised myself to purchase a copy when the priority allowed - I'm glad I did as it's one of the most erotic films I've seen - well-put-together with very good actors, interesting scene shoots, and the timing of the sexual tease was well-placed. I'd recommend this for both men and women.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2012
Hallmark films try to show some degree of depth but usually end up digging no deeper than their greeting cards. This film, though not by Hallmark, tries to tell a seemingly deep, significant tale, but it takes second place to the sex. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing.

Here's the scoop. Joan Severance plays Irene, a wife and mother in an upper middle class home in California. There are no problems in her marriage, but something is wrong. She somehow feels unfulfilled. A minor altercation with a tree trimmer (Billy Zane) leads to a very sexual outing with him at Lake Consequence. Her husband is away with their son on a fishing trip, so this tryst is not interrupted by police out looking for her or other distractions. She is drawn into his Gypsy/Bohemian life style and wants to stay. He sees the bigger picture and knows this won't work.

Like the movie "9 1/2 Weeks" this is all style and little substance. Zalman King produced it so you're pretty well assured it will have a high gloss to it and it does. This is a good looking flick and the sex is steamy. The scenes between Zane and both his casual lover and Severance are hot. Joan and Mary Karasun (as Grace) are both lovely women with delicious figures. They look great and are used well to further the erotic side of things. There is also a side trip to a party in the nearby town where Joan gets to see that there is a more sensual existence outside the typical 'middle of the road' safe posture of her home. But Zane sees that, as fun as this might be for awhile, what she has is better and longer lasting. He needs to convince her of that in one of the film's two emotionally elevated scenes.

As I said, this film is lensed well. The colors range from subtle to over-saturated. Some of the rapid fire editing I found distracting. The music (a lot of jazz sax) was supposed to heighten things but seemed to me to merely underline how little there was to heighten.

This is a watchable film to be sure, particularly as concerns the sex. Everyone does what they need to do to further things. Just don't expect an epiphanal experience while watching it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2014
Just ordered this DVD. I am a big fan of the late Zalman King. The DVD quality is in my opinion is good. The sound is not bad due to the time frame the movie was made. On my laptop it looks great. I give it 4 stars and look forward to the other Zalman King Movies released on DVD.
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on December 16, 2012
I generally like Billy Zane as the evil presence in a number of movies (Dead Calm was the first one I saw him in), but this movie was really quite confusing. The director seemed to be throwing in all kinds of different scenes that really had no bearing on the movie. I think they were being used as "filler". The acting was rather poor, except for Billy. I didn't even finish watching the movie as there didn't seem to be any saving grace to it at all. Rather a waste of my time and money.
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on September 13, 2013
Don't know f it was what I expected, was a movies that was shown on the page of another movie I had ordered. Ok bur not sure I will watch it again.
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on January 26, 2014
Descent area of the country it was film in, beautiful scenery. I liked the lake scene and the nude scene

Darrell
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on July 22, 2014
bad description of the movie not lived up to description not impressed !!!!!
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on June 25, 2015
My wife loved it!
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on November 5, 2014
not very good
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