House by the Lake (2017 film)

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House by the Lake (2017), AKA The Dark Lake

Summary

A struggling married couple try to reconnect at an idyllic lake house, but their relationship is tested when their young, autistic daughter begins to fixate on an imaginary friend that may or may not be real.

Details

  • Release Date: 2017
  • Country/Language: USA, English
  • Genres/Technical: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Setting: Modern rural USA (California)
  • Runtime: 1 hr 17 min
  • Starring: Natasha Bassett, Mark Berry, Michael Bowen
  • Director: Adam Gierasch
  • Writer: Josh Burnell
  • Producer/Production Co: Anvil Entertainment
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: not rated (perhaps equivalent to PG or PG-13 for mild language and some adult themes?)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SSs__ (Two and a Half Tentacles: at least vaguely Lovecraftian.)

It doesn't take much imagination for a Lovecraft fan to add a 'Deep One' theme where none is explicitly mentioned in this story about a lonely young girl whose 'imaginary friend' is described by her as a 'Fish Man' who is teaching her to breathe underwater so that he can taker her away to a 'better place'.....

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Y.Whateley - RATING 2/5 "Sort of a tasteful, if low-budget, CGI-free mish-mash of Poltergeist meets Creature from the Black Lagoon; it doesn't take much imagination for a Lovecraft fan to add a 'Deep One' theme where none is explicitly mentioned in this story about a lonely young girl whose 'imaginary friend' is described by her as a 'Fish Man' who is teaching her to breathe underwater so that he can taker her away to a 'better place'.... Though certainly not a great film, it is better than the average made-for-TV horror movie it sometimes felt like, and I never felt like it was wearing out its welcome."
  • Danielle Behrendt at Critical Movie Critics (3/5 turds (Seen better)) (link) - "...a tension filled drama about a family desperately attempting, and not really succeeding, to stay afloat."
  • Matt Boiselle at DreadCentral (link) - 3/5 "In the end, I’ve got to admit that I was pleasantly surprised with this one, so don’t let the retreaded title fool you – this one’s definitely worth a look."
  • David Duprey at ThatMomentIn.com (link) - "The problem is that while the film embraces all the cliches, which wouldn't be all that bad, it simply has no urgency, and then undercuts the very thing it establishes."

Synopsis (SPOILERS)

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A struggling married couple try to reconnect at an idyllic lake house, but their relationship is tested when their young, autistic daughter begins to fixate on an imaginary friend that may or may not be real: a "Fish Man" who wants to take her away; her mother's paranoia and suspicion that the neighbors might be child molesters and that her husband might be having an affair with the child's nanny, followed soon afterward by the child's sudden disappearance midway through the film muddy the waters about whether this is all in the imaginations of the child and her parents, or might have a more mundane but still terrifying human explanation, but the strange trails of water through the house, enigmatic disturbances by night, and the child's strange re-appearance when she is found submerged in a hot tub full of water where, she says, she is learning to breathe like a fish so she can go away with her imaginary friend all begin to hint that there might be something more sinister happening than meets the eyes. By the end of the film, the child disappears again, this time permanently, and the surviving family are ultimately left with no real rational explanation for what happened.


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