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.
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.
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!
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!