Movie Review – Lake Nowhere (2016)

Lake Nowhere
Directed by Christopher Phelps & Maxim Van Scoy
Courtesy of BrinkVision & MVD Distribution
Release Date: August 16, 2016

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If you’ve never heard of LAKE NOWHERE, don’t be surprised; I had never heard of it either, prior to receiving it. But I wager this film will quickly make a name for itself. Chocked full of old-school flavor, this little indie gem might be obscure, but it offers a wealth of entertainment. I haven’t had this much fun with a slasher flick in a long time. Horror fans will definitely want to make a note to grab this one for sure!

If you are not familiar with LAKE NOWHERE, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Brink and MVD Distribution:

From the vaults of the golden age of slasher films comes LAKE NOWHERE, a raucous, bloody romp which resurrects the thrill of gory midnight movies for an hour-long plunge into the depths of horror. Inspired by the dusty days of VHS, LAKE NOWHERE is preceded by original trailers & commercials, replicating the experience of watching a long lost bootleg tape. When a group of friends arrive at a desolate lakeside cabin, they are stalked and murdered by a Masked Maniac, whose lust for blood transcends our world. This age-old tale of senseless slaughter quickly spirals into the realm of supernatural horror and classic monster movies, as we learn the true power that lies within LAKE NOWHERE!

Because this film was completely unfamiliar to me, I went into it with no expectations. But I have to tell you: this movie is a riot. The filmmakers captured the nostalgic air of 80s horror so perfectly that it’s hard to tell this is a modern-day movie. I love it, and I cannot wait to see what these guys have in store for us next.

LAKE NOWHERE is shot just like the old slashers of yesteryear. The film is spotty and grainy on purpose in certain spots, but surprisingly this doesn’t detract from the experience at all. If anything, it adds to the atmosphere created by the film itself. This is difficult to explain, as you have to watch the film and experience it for yourself to understand.

The acting is pretty good, particularly when you consider the cast is trying to appear as 80s actors in a low-budget horror flick. I have to commend the entire group of doing a great job. Several of these folks also appear in the commercials that are shown prior to the movie, which makes the whole thing even more fun.

The special effects in LAKE NOWHERE are impressive and look good onscreen. I would have liked more carnage, even though there’s plenty to go around here. I understand budget constraints, though, and the production crew does an outstanding job with the money available.

LAKE NOWHERE is a huge win for me, and I highly recommend it. I cannot find a single flaw with this entertaining throwback, and it therefore earns a high degree of respect from this reviewer. The film is available now in a Limited Edition Blu-ray format, so get your copy today.

MSB

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