Lake Alice (2017)

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Lake Alice is a 2017 American horror film co-produced and directed by Ben Milliken, making his feature debut, from a screenplay by Stevie Jane Miller. It stars Caroline Tudor, Brad Schmidt, Brando Eaton, Laura Niemi and Peter O’Brien.

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I’m bummed by the conclusion of Lake Alice. Milliken looks to be a filmmaker with a lot of promise. He stretches a limited budget wonderfully far. He develops excellent moments of pressure between realistic personalities. He seems to be able to sustain clear vision for lengthy stretches. I think this just happened to be one of those fluke instances in which one or two elements don’t jive with the bulk of the production. It’s a shame that these weaknesses were somewhat detrimental to the film, but, what can you do? You fall down – you pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and make a stronger run the next time out.

I really cannot praise Milliken enough for the tension he slowly generates the first 60 minutes. The strain between future father-in-law and son-in-law is accurately awkward. Mom’s trapped in the middle of it all, happy for her daughter, leery of pissing her hubby off. It all feels very organic, as does Ryan’s response to the general situation.

Just about everyone in this small midwestern town is mean to the family for seemingly no reason. They used to live there, so the family’s not exactly a bunch of out-of-towners, even though they only have a vacation cabin now. Well, the reason everyone’s upset at the family becomes obvious soon enough, and of course it’s to throw the audience off the scent of the real killer. We know we’re watching what’s going to amount to a home invasion story, so the filmmakers try to fake us out with as many “suspects” as possible. Of course we know that everyone’s so over-the-top mean that we’re all pretty well sure that none of them will end up being the real killer.

I’ve gotta be honest. We watched Lake Alice for exactly two reasons. 1) It has a cool poster. 2) I live with a girl named Alice. That’s it. That’s all I had to go on as far as expectations went. Yet somehow, it’s so awful, I managed to disappointed all the same. No character is likeable, virtually no decision makes sense, the cool poster is a lie, and despite only half paying attention, we were all able to discern the killer’s identity, through nothing more than process of elimination. Gimly M. Super Reviewer View All Audience Reviews

I’ve gotta be honest. We watched Lake Alice for exactly two reasons. 1) It has a cool poster. 2) I live with a girl named Alice. That’s it. That’s all I had to go on as far as expectations went. Yet somehow, it’s so awful, I managed to disappointed all the same. No character is likeable, virtually no decision makes sense, the cool poster is a lie, and despite only half paying attention, we were all able to discern the killer’s identity, through nothing more than process of elimination.

We get to the ending and it, well, it’s not very good. Silly character motivations, bad horror movie cliches, people who turn out to be psycho for no apparent reason, cringe-worthy acting. It’s all there, and it’s all bad. Whatever goodwill the movie built up with its unique pacing is destroyed in the final five minutes. Still, everything up until the ending is done well enough, and I had fun watching the flick. It wasn’t great, and I’d be hard-pressed to recommend it except to waste some time, but Miller and Milliken made such a sincere effort that I’ll definitely be willing to go into their next film with an open mind.

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As a blizzard descends on Lake Alice, so does the evil from behind the camera, as the family members are hunted down one by one. They struggles to stay alive as their power in numbers slowly dwindles.

Lake Alice REVIEWA serviceable horror flick with a few nice surprises.Film By Patrick King On Jul 3, 2017 Source: YouTube 61 601Written by Stevie Jane Miller and directed by Ben Milliken, Lake Alice is all sorts of not bad, though it certainly has potential, both in terms of story and direction. It’s the first feature for both writer and director, so they have plenty of room to grow. While not a total misstep, Lake Alice wastes a lot of potential.We start with a young woman leaving a bar during a cold midwestern night. She’s attacked. She screams. Cue opening credits. Is this kind of thing even considered a hook anymore? It’s become such a cliche that there’s almost no emotional impact at all. Well, so there’s that. After the opening credits, we’re introduced to a family driving the roads of the same snowy midwestern town. There’s the parents (Peter O’Brien and Laura Niemi) and their daughter, Sarah (Caroline Tudor), along with her boyfriend, Ryan (Brad Schmidt). They’re heading to the family’s cabin in the woods for Christmas. Some shit is about to go down. Okay, not a bad setup. We’ve seen it before, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t get something unique from the premise.Just about everyone in this small midwestern town is mean to the family for seemingly no reason. They used to live there, so the family’s not exactly a bunch of out-of-towners, even though they only have a vacation cabin now. Well, the reason everyone’s upset at the family becomes obvious soon enough, and of course it’s to throw the audience off the scent of the real killer. We know we’re watching what’s going to amount to a home invasion story, so the filmmakers try to fake us out with as many “suspects” as possible. Of course we know that everyone’s so over-the-top mean that we’re all pretty well sure that none of them will end up being the real killer.Besides the opening scene, there’s no actual violence for 45 minutes, though there are a few jump scares and we get some POV shots of someone stalking the cabin. This is actually a really good dramatic move on the part of Miller and Milliken. We watch a rather compelling family drama unfold, and we slowly start to get to know and even like these characters and then bam! The violence comes suddenly and it doesn’t let up until the movie is over. And the last 30 minutes makes up for all the blood and brutality that the first 45 were missing. Very nice dramatic thrust here.We get to the ending and it, well, it’s not very good. Silly character motivations, bad horror movie cliches, people who turn out to be psycho for no apparent reason, cringe-worthy acting. It’s all there, and it’s all bad. Whatever goodwill the movie built up with its unique pacing is destroyed in the final five minutes. Still, everything up until the ending is done well enough, and I had fun watching the flick. It wasn’t great, and I’d be hard-pressed to recommend it except to waste some time, but Miller and Milliken made such a sincere effort that I’ll definitely be willing to go into their next film with an open mind.Lake Alice will be released on digital platforms on July 18, 2017. horrorhorror moviesmovie news 61 601 WRITE FOR USGet paid. Patrick KingPatrick King has had short stories, essays, and a novel published in various places online and in print. As P.S. King, he’s had two short film scripts produced. He writes film reviews for TheRetroSet.com, Battleroyalewithcheese.com and Mugwumpcorporation.com.

Title:Lake Alice
Release:2017-05-08
Runtime:80 min.
Genre:Horror
Stars:Brando Eaton, Michael Shamus Wiles, Peter O’Brien, Eileen Dietz, Laura Niemi, Craig Rees
Overview:The Thomas family goes out to their forest cabin to celebrate Christmas together with their daughter and her boyfriend. But their first festive period together may be their last…

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