Written by: Matt Molgaard
Directed by: Ben Franklin
Cast: Caroline Haines, Lewis Osborne, James Powell
Dead Man’s Lake opens with a safe and familiar method: A bunch of reckless youth head out to camp in the wilderness for a weekend. It’s supposed to be all fun and games, and booze and sex. But a monkey wrench is throw in the mix just in time to remind us this isn’t a coming of age tale, it’s a damn horror film!
And it’s a damn good one, at that!
The introduction to the “antagonist” makes a few things clear… but come on now, they’re not actually clear. A few rules have to be broken every once in a while, and Bloody Cuts has gifted us a film that sometimes breaks the rules, to effective means.
The performances are awesome, the scenery is absolutely killer and then you get to the technical aspects of the movie, and they’re every bit as strong. This is a clean shoot. There’s nice camera work to admire, and the film passes the sound test with flying colors, which surprised me. The biggest killer in these shorts and micro films, is the sound mix, which is never tracked appropriately which makes it damn near impossible to make levels consistent and clear.
You’ll have to check out the movie below to learn of the twist. It’s a treat, as is the entire film as a whole. This one comes highly recommended.