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Lake of the Dead (1958)

December 3rd, 2013 by unkle lancifer · 3 Comments

I’m terribly sick and I have an awful cold. No, I don’t. I’m totally lying so that I can hide in a bed with a blanket on my head. I don’t want to do anything but read today because I’m in the middle of STEPHEN KING’s DOCTOR SLEEP! The world really should just grind to a halt until I’m done. Is that too much to ask? The problem is, I’ll feel like a rat if I don’t post something so here I am, can you tell that my mind is elsewhere?

I have an idea! Let us talk for a moment about a movie I watched late the other night on the greatest invention known to man, YouTube! It’s called LAKE OF THE DEAD, it’s in black and white and it’s from Norway circa 1958. In it, a group of chums travel to a lake that has a dark reputation where they freak each other out trying to figure out why the guy who was supposed to meet them there is missing and his dog is suspiciously dead.

LAKE is rather talky and houses stories within stories, some more intriguing than others. I probably would have been happier with a few more things left unexplained but I sure can’t fault LAKE OF THE DEAD on its atmosphere. It’s got such a haunting, lyrical, dreamy quality and one scene, depicting a transparent ghost guy crawling out of the lake, chilled me right to the bone. If you are a fan of 1945’s DEAD OF NIGHT or even 1979’s SCREAMS OF A WINTER NIGHT, you should get a kick out of this. I don’t know, I’m just an absolute sucker for that cabin by a lake setting and LAKE OF THE DEAD really knows how to take advantage of it. You can watch LAKE below or better yet, wait until later tonight to do so. Sorry this is so short but LAKE OF THE DEAD, at 70 minutes, isn’t exactly long either. Plus I gotta get back to my book! And I’m sick! I have the flu! Just take a look at this thermometer I was holding next to a light bulb for twenty minutes! It says my temperature is 150!

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Tags: General Horror




3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ApocalypsejunkieNo Gravatar // Dec 4, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Read NOS4A2 by Joe Hill next, if you get a chance. It’s a stand alone story but also a companion piece to Dr. Sleep.

  • 2 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Dec 4, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Apocalypse,

    Thanks for the recommendation! I did not know that and I predict I’m going to be jonesing for more now…

    I read all day yesterday and then woke up at 5 to finish DR. SLEEP.

    Wow. It’s a very different kind of story than THE SHINING but I thought it was very satisfying..

    There’s something incredible about having first met Danny as a kid and then catching up with him as an adult as we are roughly the same age.

    And really, who understands kindertrauma better than Danny Torrence?

    “In your childhood, where all devils come from.”

    I also love that SK really dug deep into the matter of death in this book.

    I will look for Joe’s book at the library today when I return Doctor Sleep….

    Hey this Joe Hill guy looks a lot like….nah….couldn’t be….

  • 3 ApocalypsejunkieNo Gravatar // Dec 4, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    I’m glad SK revisited Danny, I always wondered what happed to that whipper snapper. I’ll also never look at old people in RVs the same way again. :-0

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