Reviewed by: JimmyO
Andrew C. Erin
William Gregory Lee
What's it about
A girl named Sam invites several of her friends for a vacation at her old cabin. After a ghost story by the campfire, they decide to venture to a supposed haunted house. Frightened by some eerie noises and the discovery of a journal, the group soon finds that they may not survive until the morning.
Is it good movie?
When I received a screening copy of Sam’s Lake for review, I was curious as there was no artwork or anything to let me know what I was getting into. Usually, I like to view a film fresh, sometimes even avoiding a trailer if possible, but nonetheless, I watched the trailer for the film. And honestly, the two minute or so of footage intrigued me. I am a big fan of slasher films in general, even the bad ones in many cases, and this looked to possibly be a fun body count in the woods horror flick. And Sam’s Lake wants to be different. It presents its older than usual victims in a basic way, but the dialogue feels so forced and generic, I didn’t care about a single character. When the group of friends arrive in a small town in the woods, they are greeted with the clichéd attitude you’d expect from a movie like this. Okay, I know, I said this was trying to be different… I’m getting to that.
So here we are with uninteresting actors speaking uninteresting dialogue with nothing else really going on. That is until the ghost story about a man that escapes from a mental institution and slaughters his family. And yes, it is told around a camp fire. So we’ve got cliché after cliché and nothing really original or unique. That is until the big reveal of what is going on. And I have to say that it is one of the most obvious and ridiculous reveals I have ever seen. I could see where they were going with this much too early for there to be any kind of suspense. Yes it tries to be different, but just comes across as dull. I won’t give anything away here, but it will not be hard for anyone who has ever watched a horror film to figure out. They might as well have the bad guy wink at the camera… or did they?
Okay, so the character are dull as is the script, but it surely must have some good carnage right? In the words of John Bender from The Breakfast Club… not even close bud. The kills are off screen and just repetitive stabbings. Much like the rest of the film, there is very little imagination or creativity going on in that aspect. And the killer (or killers???) are incredibly dull and uninspired. I was waiting for someone to just kick their ass, but nothing. So yes, the victims are useless also, which is sort of the point I guess. While the trailer for Sam’s Lake looked like a promising horror film, director Andrew C. Erin’s feature is far from terrifying, let alone good. Although I will give him props for a little bit of atmosphere… the woods looked creepy enough.
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Sam’s Lake is a dull and uninspired horror thriller that fails to generate suspense or any kind. Writer/director Andrew C. Erin attempts to inject a twist into this slasher in the woods fare, but it is not at all shocking, but very obvious. There was a good story buried in here and I did like the twist, but honestly, with the unseen kills and uninteresting characters, I can’t recommend visiting Sam’s Lake.