We are at a funeral. Two coffins lay atop the grass, moments before being dropped in to their respective graves. Distraught woman has flashback.
Parents encourage 20-something-looking year old daughter to go out because “it’s been a while since you enjoyed yourself. Just make sure you’re home by 11:00 PM sharp!” Daughter goes out to a club… alone. Hmm, already know we’re not dealing with a smart girl. Oh, father is in a wheelchair, by the way.
We see clock read: 11:00 PM… sharp! Dad is in bed while mom sits at kitchen table downstairs. We see smoke rising from a tea kettle. “I think there’s a gas leak,” yells dad to his wife who is already passed out on the kitchen table who was apparently reading a newspaper in the dark. “Drama” unfolds and parents die. Oh, and, daughter meets a man at club, dances with him and then goes to a car and has sex with him in backseat. Not only is she not smart, but she’s also a little loose! Mom and dad die because of her broken promise of not making it home by 11:00 PM. Oh the guilt!
Back to the funeral, the woman can no longer bear the guilt and, dramatically, runs to her car where the “ghost” of the club-lover is waiting for her, clearly ducking inside the car, where her passenger door is open for no apparent reason! He looks her straight in the eye, face full of malice and says to her, “Wasn’t that better than a night at home with the folks?” I slapped my forehead!
She throws her keys on the floor and runs home I guess. She gets home and has a slew of flashbacks and ghostly premonitions of her now dead parents, who died with foam at the mouth for some reason. After all these ghostly visions, she calmly walks to the mirror and begins to take off her makeup. What?!?
Again, she sees her zombie-like mother through a mirror and apologizes to her mom where she responds by lifting her arms towards her as if to say ‘give mommy a hug’!
Our heroine immediately runs outside and gets into her car! I slapped my forehead again! Didn’t she leave her car at the cemetery? She drives until day becomes night, all the while having flashbacks and ghostly visions of her dead parents, usually consisting of the same scenes!
More driving, more driving!
Then she almost runs over a hitchhiker. She apologizes and offers the man a ride who, coincidentally, is headed the same way she is (her parents cottage). Small chit-chat, guy yells, “Look out!” Don’t know why but I guess she was driving way too fast at about 40 MPH (I know because they show the speedometer).
They reach their destination, no power in cottage, guy breaks in and helps her restore power, she kisses him on the lips as he is leaving the cottage! Really!? Oh yes, she is loose as was established earlier. Woman “attempts” to commit suicide, has dinner with stranger, sees ghost girl from lake who later pulls innocent fisherman into water (don’t ask why because I really don’t know), gets into mild argument with stranger where we see hints of slight madness on his part, then go skinny dipping together (fully clothed for some reason) in middle of the night! Best part is that it all takes place within the first 30 minutes of the movie!
I slapped my forehead really hard this time!
O…..M…..G! (Oh My Goodness! For those not internet-talk savvy) 30 minutes is where I drew the line and was long enough to deem this movie one of the worst movies I have ever seen! It was so bad that I felt inclined to rate this movie on IMDB (Internet Movie Database). Ghost Lake failed on so many aspects that it is not even funny but, rather, very sad. From the acting, plot, script, special effects and even the music were bad. I am a fan of independent film but only where there is some hint of effort. It comes across as if the filmmakers simply wanted to make a film for the sake of making a movie, possibly making some quick cash by distributing the movie (chances are they actually lost money!)
By no means can I claim that I can do better than this… actually yes I can! There is really nothing more to say about this movie other than stay away… very, very far away! Do not rent this garbage, do NOT waste your time! As you can see, I couldn’t even get past the first 30 minutes of the movie! The only other movie that I did this with, thus far, was The Lost Boys 2. Heed my warning and do not watch this film! Harsh, I know.