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Lake Dead (After Dark Horrorfest) (2008)

Tara Gerard , Vanessa Viola , George Bessudo  |  R |  DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tara Gerard, Vanessa Viola, Kelsey Wedeen, Alex A. Quinn, Kelsey Crane
  • Directors: George Bessudo
  • Writers: Daniel P. Coughlin
  • Producers: Andres Calderon, Hector Echavarria, Jason Hice, Mike Karkeh, Robert Rodriguez
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00127RAJE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,438 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lake Dead (After Dark Horrorfest)" on IMDb

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Three beautiful sisters learn of a long-lost grandfather, but only make this discovery upon the news of his grisly death. Enticed to visit grandpa's old home after hearing of an inheritance, the sisters head to the back country with some friends. We quick

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Is it cutting too fine of a line to say that I did not like this movie but I enjoyed it for the sick, twisted, and demented film that it is? Of all of the films in the 2007 After Dark Horrorfest collection, "Lake Dead"(which for some reason is stuck in my head as "Dead Lake") is the real groaner. But to give credit to the first time effort by director George Bessudo and writer Daniel P. Coughlin, they want you to groan when you see one of the most twisted screen kisses of all time and they want you to bang your head against the wall when the final double entendre is offered as the smoke clears and the final body count is established. This is not a movie so bad that it is good, but a horror flick that revels in coming up with a disgusting situation, without resort to disgusting amounts of blood and gore.

The film begins with a murder out at the lake, the context of which is conveniently cryptic. The victim turns out to be the grandfather of pretty young Brielle (Kelsey Crane), who did not know that her paternal grandfather was alive until now that he is dead. It seems grandpa has left Brielle, her sister, and their half-sister, a motel in the woods in the middle of nowhere (but near a lake). Their estranged father warns them not to go, but the girls and their friends jump in a camper and head out to the lake, where they manage to stay alive until shortly after the film's one nude scene. People start getting killed, things go from bad to worse, and when we find out what is really going on, then you can feel free to start groaning away.

All that being said, for me at least, living in my own little universe, "Lake Dead" has several things going for it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lake Dead April 10, 2008
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If you like the feel and entertainment of 80's Slasher Films, then you'll enjoy this entirely. It's fun. It's campy. It has a plot. The necessary elements are there. I believe most of the goals were accomplished when comparing the intent and finished product of the film. I had fun watching it, because I'm a fan of the slasher genre.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blood is thicker than water... March 18, 2008
After Dark has led me astray with films before. I have been disappointed in the past. This time though, I saw the synopsis and wanted to try it out since I adore movies about camping, horror, inbred family torturers, etc... This film wasn't too bad at all. It surprised me, I was expecting the usual implication of death but NO SHOW of gore that After Dark is known for, but nope. It showed the gore, it had a great plot, and it kept my attention. To describe it in my own way I'd have to say Hills Have Eyes meets Wrong Turn meets Motel Hell. Pretty good, pick it up for Friday flick and have some friends over, you won't be disappointed! ;) 3.5 I'm hoping for a part 2, it certainly left itself open for one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars *Underrated Masterpiece!! - A Real Shocker!!* January 11, 2012
I have absolutely no idea why the reviews are so negative for this one.... The movie is totally sick, depraved, disgusting, disturbing, incestuous, without any moral values and above all......So nicely done!! Not as shocking as the human centipede but definitely as entertaining.

I think that once again, the reason for the poor reviews is probably because some of the scenes in there goes against moral values and what is "borderline" acceptable for most people. As for me......i didn't really know me........this is a horror movie.....not a comedy starring Adam Sandler..... the characters in here are just actors.....nothing more......this is NOT based on true events....and this sick family is not a real family......

Three sisters just found out that their grandfather passed away and he left them a motel near a lake in his will. Definitely excited and in need for money, they decide to go up there with their friends to see what the motel looks like and what they should do with it. They will soon realise that the motel is owned by a very sick family and they already have their own plans for the motel's future and the 3 sisters future as well......... The plot is Ok, the acting is good and the cinematography is just perfect. We also have some pretty twisted killing scenes that will sometimes remind you of WRONG TURN......and that should bring a smile to any horror fan's face!!

5 Stars well earned for a real shocker!!, there was enough action and suspense to satisfy me and it has a lots of sexy of them i suspect was the main reason for the poor reviews but hey........thats all good......BTW, check out those AFTERDARK HORROR FEST - 8 FILMS TO DIE FOR releases, some of them are really good and worth checking out!! I think they have 5 volumes by now...........interesting stuff!!....

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Liked It I Really Liked It March 16, 2011
Lake Dead got a lot of bad Reviews stating it was the same old same old..
Oh well,I like a familiar formula with my Slashers.I don't like the Did that really happen or was it a dream,is that a real person or a ghost type of Slasher.

YES,give me a good ole mutant inbred family of maniacs that live out in the sticks and slice and dice people up and I'm happy.I of course like characters that are interesting and aren't all stupid or Bimbos,but those are ok sometimes as well.
Again,it's a slasher movie people,not rocket science,It's not up for an Academy award~!

The best Horror/Slasher movies ever made are based on these formulaic principles.
I thought the scariest scene was when the son french kissed his mother..That's Scary.

I liked the twins Cain and Able,I thought they were interesting and loved the first scene where they put hooks through the adopted sisters feet then chained concrete blocks to it and threw her in the lake.The Lake family wanted to keep there blood "pure" as they put it..Incest is always a touchy somewhat taboo subject that's why these type of films can use them more readily than say a drama because with a slasher or horror movie anything goes.
If you haven't seen it and like the Inbred mutant maniac slasher,check it out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie!
Yes I know it's basically just a slasher movie, but I have to admit I loved this movie, especially the bonding of the mother and he son!
Published 1 month ago by Jay McGuffin
2.0 out of 5 stars Lake Stupid
This movie was just plain stupid. Could not get into it even though I watched the whole movie. Very poor acting was put into this movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by SomeoneWife
1.0 out of 5 stars A Waste of Film
All I can say is what a waste of film. This was the losing movie of the evening. I want my money back.
Published 11 months ago by G. Davis
1.0 out of 5 stars Brain Dead
Lake Dead (2007), directed by George Bessudo. 90 minutes.


A gaggle of good-looking 20-somethings take a road trip up north to a motel which was recently... Read more
Published 11 months ago by A. Estes
3.0 out of 5 stars Never saw this one before.
I must say it was quite interesting. We shouldn't have to type anymore then what we want as the review
Published 22 months ago by Jazzy7
5.0 out of 5 stars Lake Dead...
This movie is awesome. afterdark horror films makes another great low budget movie. at first i did not know what it was about untile i watched it and it has to be the most... Read more
Published on October 7, 2012 by David
1.0 out of 5 stars A really lame movie
When I go to look at a movie at Amazon I always see a free one that looks good like Lake Dead. If you like a formula movie that features college age girls getting slaughtered who... Read more
Published on September 25, 2012 by Merle
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful. Completely Pointles..
I am a B Movie, horror Fanatic. I go to FYE every week, and buy atleast 15 movies per visit. I have a huge movie collection, and movies that are unopened, and have never been... Read more
Published on July 14, 2011 by Kaelan
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete Trash
I am a huge horror fan, so it was with great joy that I picked up every film in the Afterdark Horrorfest line,and
settled in for a long night of what I hoped would be blood... Read more
Published on February 1, 2011 by Shannon M.
2.0 out of 5 stars So simple, even a caveman could have written and directed it
What an original concept! A family of inbred hillbillies living in the middle of nowhere who like to brutally kill people - gosh, what genius came up with this brilliant idea? Read more
Published on September 5, 2010 by Daniel Jolley
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