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Unforgettably so Bad that is is Good


As a proud owner of this film, I give "Zombie Lake" 5/5 stars. I laughed from start to finish. While many technical aspects of the film are certainly lacking, I imagine the parties off set during production were amazing. Howard Vernon delivers an unforgettable performance. I have never seen anyone capture that "I don't give a damn" look like Howard Vernon does in this movie. You can see him thinking "What in the hell am I doing here? When am I getting my damn paycheck?" throughout the entire film.


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It was great reading your post! I too am a proud owner of this film (a friend gave it to me as a birthday present), and while I initially was disappointed (there were some other cult films I wanted at the time), I'm now glad I can take this film out and get a kick out of it whenever I want. There is just something "special" about movies like this that i really appreciate. The scene with the girls swimming to that cheesy song was worth every penny of the cover price, and Howard "the man" Vernon is simply awesome. I don't know about you, but when I watched the film with friends, we called out "uh oh, he's back...HOWARD VERNON!" every time he appeared. What a fun time! This is a TRUE cult film.

If you liked this movie, you should run, not walk, to check out Jess Franco's Vampyros Lesbos. You won't be sorry. I haven't seen many of Franco's other films because he made about 200 of them and they are REALLY obscure, but you can't go wrong with Vampyros Lesbos. The soundtrack rules! I guarantee it will sit proudly next to Zombie Lake on your dvd shelf. In fact, the Zombie Lake dvd even mentions that people thought FRANCO directed Zombie Lake!!

One last thing, Jess Franco used Howard Vernon alot in his films...look for those for more Vernon goodness! "The Mayor"...HAH! No name, just "the mayor". Gotta love it.

Enjoy

Note: Also be sure to check out Venus in Furs and Succubus if you liked Vampyros Lesbos. A lot of people say David Lynch's work is somewhere between "hackery" and "genius". I think that's baloney as far as he's concerned...but FRANCO really DOES fit that description. His films are the guiltiest (and most pleasurable) of guilty pleasures.

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I too, am a proud owner of Zombie Lake. And I agree with both of you! It's so horrible that it's well worth the ten dollars I shelled out for it. I love the music, the acting, the plot, and all of the other amazingly laughable aspects of the film. It really is a true cult classic. Plus, this is a fine tool to scare away those no good, "I <3 Gore LOL! I've seen the Dawn of the Dead remake and Evil Dead on FUSE and because of that I'm a gorehound!" kids away from zombie films and horror in general!

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Testify! Got it and love it in all it's goofy glory. This isn't one of those humbling life experiences where you sit watching the Michael Jordan highlight reel and think, "I'm a freakin' worm." No, this is where you sit back, crack open another beer, and proudly say, "I could've done better than this on the worst day of my life." Ten bucks is a small price to pay for such an ego boost!

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Another proud owner. The look on people's faces when I show it to them is amazing. I wish the guy in the mustache would be in more movies, and who could forget such lines as:
"I'm sorry your daughter died".......
- "I know".
Also, the scene where Howard is in the castle drinking and smoking was totaly unplanned, the camera guy just happened to get that shot.

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I'm a proud owner as well! I absolutely love this movie, it's so good, due to the embarrasing awfulness of it. Just amazing. :D

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This movie is awful but not in a good way. I see others seem to enjoy its awfulness. I would enjoy it if i didn't pay 10 bucks for it. I could have bought a better movie for 10 bucks. I bout Zombie along with this when i was younger.

The volleyball women scene and the begining scene. Well the nudity period is all that is enjoyable about this movie.

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I saw this the other day. i like to watch bad movies. but this has to be the wrose movie i have seen, and i wanted to turn it off. but i did watch it all. it was just bad. and not in a good way just in a bad way, so boring.

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I got a copy yesterday and watched it.

It's complete *beep*

I'm going to watch it again, it's compelling complete *beep* and I to am now a proud owner of Zombie Lake!

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you have to be baked to truly understand this movie lol.
This one was a good crappy one though.

Check out Young Van Helsing too

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I don't think the producers of this movie intended for it to be a masterpiece of quality filmmaking , it just seems a bunch of people got together to make a totally sleazeball zombie movie with no redeeming values and they succeeded. This has got to be the funniest movie I had ever seen in my life.

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