All wet but none too scary, "Lake Dead" is a derivative low-budget horror pic in which the usual RV full of well-toned L.A. bodies drive to the countryside, where they have a date with death via ax-wielding lunatics.

All wet but none too scary, “Lake Dead” is a derivative low-budget horror pic in which the usual RV full of well-toned L.A. bodies drive to the countryside, where they have a date with death via ax-wielding lunatics. Tastelessly crude inclusions of rape and incest would be more offensive if the whole were upsetting rather than, often, unintentionally funny. After Dark Horrorfest entry will be making a quick exit to DVD Land.

Alerted to the death of a grandfather they didn’t know was alive, three sisters vent rage at their estranged dad (Dan Woods), whose past track record as a jerk suggests he deliberately withheld this family connection; ergo, they ignore his frantic warnings not to go to the rural motel they’ve inherited from Gramps. The adoptive bad-girl sis goes up early, meeting a grim end. The others follow with various boyfriends and gal pals. Two hulking inbred brothers start winnowing this guest influx, and it turns out the sheriff is in on a fiendish scheme to use surviving sisters for breedin’. There is gore and T&A, but perfs, action and dialogue are sometimes sublimely dumb. Tech aspects are fair.

Lake Dead

Production

An After Dark Films release of an Alliance Group Entertainment presentation of a Mike Karkeh production. Produced by Karkeh, Todd Chamberlain, Jason Hice, Hector Echavarria. Executive producer, Karkeh. Directed by George Bessudo. Screenplay, Daniel P. Coughlin.

Crew

Camera (color, video-to-35mm), Curtis Petersen; editor, Eamon Glennon; music, Mark Petrie; production designer, Anthony DeQuin. Reviewed at Century Plaza 10, South San Francisco, Nov. 12, 2007. MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Alex A. Quinn, Kelsey Crane, Jim Devoti, Kelsey Wedeen, Tara Gerard, Vanessa Viola, James C. Burns, Pat McNeely, Edwin Craig, Christian Stokes, Trevor Torseth, Dan Woods, Maela Richardson.

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