Lake Alice (2017)
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Firstly the "action" really doesn't begin until about 65 minutes into the film at which point you're thinking to yourself "when is everything going to happen?, "At what point are people going to start dying?" By the time this does start occurring, you really don't care. I personally WANTED these unlikable characters to die..
The editing in the last 30 minutes...will make you care even less about the outcome, characters pop in and out at different environments, even for a horror, I was like "how the hell did they get here?" "Characters act more moronically than they usually would in a horror, and that's saying something. The poster of this movie looked great, hence my reason for watching it...but as the saying goes, 'Don't judge a book by its cover'...in this case, the cover is way better than the content.
As for spoilers...whatever you do, don't read the IMDb "Storyline" it essentially gives away the "big reveal" and I'm assuming the viewers who watched this movie and stated it was an unpredictable ending, hadn't read this...not that one really needs to, to guess who the killer may be.
Right from the start I felt like the characters were badly defined, but I kept at it thinking it would get better. Sadly, it only got worse.
I'm not sure how movies like this get the funding and actually make it to the theaters. Must be someone they know in Hollywood.
The actors appeared out of place and distracted the whole way through this disaster. Every character looked like they couldn't understand what they were supposed to do. Almost like they were embarrassed by what they were saying and doing. Nothing in this made sense. The plot, the dialogue, even the reveal of who were the killers.
I can't believe I even stayed to the very end to see a final "twist" because that didn't make much sense either.
There were several good reviews for this, but they must have been people involved in the production because no one in their right mind would consider this anything more than a very poor student film. Almost laughable, but instead you feel pity for the actors.
I wasn't going to write a review at first, but thought maybe I could save someone a few hours of wasted time. Take heed and stay away. The only horror is how bad it's done.
A good slasher with quality acting.
The movie itself is the worst I've seen for a while, it's corny, involuntarily funny and not in a good way.
I ended up fastforwarding through the last 45 minutes, just to see who the baddie was and that was pretty predictable.
My advice, don't waste your time.
Look no further.
This movie was riveting and extremely well-acted. The cast were obviously committed to their roles and the script, direction and photography was first-class.
45 min. cruised by before the 1st victim fell. Which is fine, because it gives the audience 45 min. to enjoy the tableau. It also creates 45 min. to establish the characters and no fewer than 5 suspects, one of who we imagine will be the eventual killer.
I don't, ever, reveal spoilers. Suffice to say, the ending is a surprise and is ultimately a gratifying conclusion.
I have to say, though, that in my 3 visits to Wisconsin, I have never witnessed mountains as portrayed in the cover shots. I don't doubt their existence...I was probably overwhelmed by the pastures, the livestock and the mosquitoes.
Sarah (Caroline Tudor) comes home from California to Wisconsin to spend time with her parents at their cabin home. She brings along her boyfriend (Brad Schmidt) who proposes. The film then spends 45 minutes creating suspects for the killings we know are about to come. Then they happen. Two resurrections and one WTF ending later the film is over. The twist wasn't really a twist as it has been done in a dozen films or more. It is okay when it is done well, but they pranced it around too much and in fact it didn't make any sense to do it as far as the plot was concerned, it was done strictly for the audience. It was hard to judge the characters as they lacked consistency.
Guide: f-word. No sex or nudity
You have to wait over half the flick before things go wrong. Before that it's all about having a Christmas diner with the family and the new lover of their daughter. Going back to the cabin do offer a few issues in town with the family. But nothing comes out of that. When you think it's going to happen, in fact, nothing happens at all. Once the terror comes in it's all low on horror and gore and the must have shower scene doesn't offer a thing too.
It did had some potential but the director chose to make it a low on everything with too much blah blah going on. Throughout the flick you will find out yourself who the killer is. There are a few twist but you won't be surprised about it.
Lake Alice is out there but not for the geeks...
Gore 0/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 2/5 Story 2/5 Comedy 0/5
I think a "5" rating is justified for this film but may be a little generous. Acting, story line, plot and sound were sub par. Twist endings are always enjoyable but this one was a bit too much. If you have to take a simple formula used 100's of times in a Horror/Thriller and add one more factor to it to say "it's original", then anyone with $25,000 can produce an "original" film I suppose. This does not, an original film, make.
If you use your head a little and pay attention to the characters introduced in the first 10 minutes of the film any true Horror fan with half a brain will see who the Killer is, quite obviously. Pay close attention to facial expressions and subtract the obvious. That is how I guessed it right probably less then 8 minutes in.
To that end, I would not "Dead-Pan" the movie completely, but, don't spend a dime on an On-Demand order or theater viewing of this film. Wait a couple months to buy it in the $3 bin at your local Walmart or Grocery store. That I would recommend.
Its a dull, cliché horror movie that fails at delivering scares, I really mean it when I say that the people making this trash have no idea of how to make a horror scene work, the execution of many of these "scary" scenes is just terrible. There's even a scene were a woman gets scared by her own reflection.
Its very badly edited, its always fading to black in moments were it doesn't need to, its quite distracting and it just seems really incompetent. Nothing happens during the first 45 minutes or so, I guess they were trying to set the mood and establish the characters, but its so badly written, acted and paced that it just feels like 45 minutes of pure boredom. The killings are nothing special, in fact, the gore its really awful, but not in a funny way.
It has a few decent shots and the acting isn't always terrible, but its not something I would recommend to anyone.
SPOILERS: The dude got a mf knife for Christmas so why didn't he just use it against the killers, also what house doesn't have a single weapon in it and in this story there has Been like 5 cars why don't you just get tf out that place this movie was ssooooo avoidable
The jealous fiance, not jealous ex boyfriend, the ex boyfriend's mom only seen a few times, the dickhead cop you thought you wouldn't see again after that scene at the gas station. All of that is not as predictable as anyone thinks.
What DID make me laugh though was the whole "the phone is dead" part. That was hilarious and I always love seeing that cliche, especially when it's used on a house phone and not a cell phone because it makes it even funnier. I gave this 4 stars because it's actually a good movie for the plot it had. Unexpected twists and not to mention the "no excuse for that behavior" motto against hitting women. That was nice to see that a man can resort to murder but is completely against hitting a woman.
It is sadly however yet another film seen recently, hence some reiteration because the exact same strengths and flaws are here present in those films, that to me was incredibly disappointing considering its potential which it doesn't do anywhere near enough with. 'Lake Alice' is terrible, with a plethora of problems (huge ones too) and doesn't do enough with its potential, which was hardly small. There is very little to recommend in 'Lake Alice'.
Lets start with the positive, and sadly it is the only redeeming quality. The scenery is atmospheric and spooky, despite the rather direct to video schlocky way it's generally shot (apart from the odd nice one) and edited, it was very clear that the film was made in a rush with no care or enthusiasm.
Going on further to the negatives, the story does feel over-stretched and some of it feels vague, under-explained in the last third where the film especially became duller, more predictable, more senseless and less unsettled and never gaining momentum. Too many characters are too sketchy and with nowhere near enough to make one want to endear to them. Their annoying and illogical decision making and behaviours frustrates.
Making the film feel bland and forgettable with not enough heart put into it. The effects are ropy at best, the sound quality is obvious and utilised cheaply (being too loud in the build ups and people's reactions) and all of the acting is lacking severely, seeming to think that screaming your head off a good deal counts as good acting. Caroline Tudor is especially poor.
Dialogue can be stilted and rambling while the pace and film drags on forever, never recovering until finally getting slightly intriguing to the ending when something sort of finally happens. Even the ending however is botched, due to being so incomplete-feeling, illogical and hard to swallow. Found too many of the supposedly shocking moments not surprising or scary and the supposedly creepy atmosphere dreary, due to the excessive obviousness, a lot of dumb and vague moments and explanations and the lack of tension and suspense.
A lot of 'Lake Alice' has underdeveloped plot elements and often nonsensical and confusing character motivations, while too many of the things to make you shocked are far from creative or unsetling
There is not enough threat here and what there is of it tends to be used poorly, while the horror elements are unimaginative and are more odd than scary, completely failing to show any sense of horror. Some badly sagging momentum too. The direction is leaden, got the sense their heart was not in it, and the music doesn't really fit, sounds cheap and like it belonged somewhere else entirely.
Concluding, terrible. 2/10 Bethany Cox
After the opening sequence, you just knew this wasn't going to be a classic! It says it was filmed on Lake Alice in Tomahawk, Wisconsin, why didn't we see more of the actual Lake? The director was probably worried in case the lake got voted star of the show is this abomination of a movie. I was expecting a slasher/horror movie, where whoever the killer was, would ultimately either meet their fate in the lake, or send victim after victim to a watery grave then succumb to whatever hero, but none of this happened, what we got was a fleeting glance of the lake and the surrounding view, nothing to write home about.
The film was as predictable as a magician doing a card trick that people all know that what he is doing is complete bullshit I mean seriously, the acting was just awful and the daughter and her mothers fake crying was actually doing my head in that much, that I was actually hoping and praying the killer would hurry up and do the job, but nothing happened, have seen faster snails, than the killer! After a while it became apparent that there was more than one killer, but we didn't know who it was at that stage, well that's what the director would have loved to have thought, but again it was so obvious who it was, especially within the poor attempts at trying to sway us and believe it was certain people when in fact it wasn't any of those people! And as for the ending, oh dear!
In summary, this film was a lot of rubbish, avoid at all costs, and if you have seen the trailer, don't believe everything you see.. 1/10
What On-Demand stated in its synopsis was "...awakens an ancient evil." Now to me, that would be some kind of a ghost, demon, or prehistoric monster. All that Lake Flaccid did was offer a s**t story that's been done hundreds of times, with vastly no improvement to be found.
Whiny victims, situations that simply couldn't happen, and an ending that if you cannot see coming from a mile away you truly have to be brain dead. These are all the words I'll waste on this heaping pile of dung.