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been covering UK filmmaking collective Bloody Cuts since the second film in
their thirteen-part short film anthology (STITCHES) and watching them grow and
build upon their success has been a real pleasure. These guys really don't
believe in plateaus, they keep pushing. They aren't simply piling on either. There
is a genuine progression to more challenging stories and experimentation with
different styles within the genre.
the sixth film in their series, DEAD MAN'S LAKE, the crew try their hand at the
gritty 80s "pretty young people camping" trope. The whole vibe of the
film made me instantly nostalgic for the video stores of my wayward youth as it’s
exactly the kind of thing you might have found browsing the lurid Horror
section of a sleazy, neighborhood shop.
know the story. Three young people head out to a secluded lake spot for a bit
of camping fun away from the prying eyes of society. Naturally, there is a
couple and a fifth whee,l and naturally the fifth wheel gets into some trouble
as the couple tries to get down to business. The film ends up a morality play,
but not the one you'd expect. What you get is more akin to an OUTER LIMITS
segment. It's smarter than the source material it feeds on for its aesthetics
by a mile.
verdict is simple: This film is less than ten minutes. If you don't have that
kind of time to spend on a superbly shot and cleverly written video nasty that
really rises above its origins to be something daring and familiar all at once,
well then congratulations on being the President, or something. For those of you
with ten minutes to spare, this is an excellent way to spend it. DEAD MAN'S
LAKE is now my favorite of the Bloody Cuts series, to date. The creators have
yet to stick themselves in any kind of mold and solidify, and so while I savor
DEAD MAN'S LAKE today, I know it won't be long before this group outdoes this
latest effort. That's why Bloody Cuts are important and deserve your attention.
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