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15 Things You May Not Have Known About Lake Dead

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Lake Dead may not be the most familiar name to horror fans, but these facts show it’s worth a closer look.

1. Lake Dead was part of the second incarnation of the “After Dark Horrorfest” (originally called “8 Films to Die For”), a now-defunct mini film festival that showed eight independent horror films in theaters across the country every year. The festival has since transitioned into a film distribution company called After Dark Films.

2. The genesis of the movie began when co-producer Jason Hice ran an advertisement at colleges calling for screenwriting majors to submit scripts.  Dan Coughlin, then a student at Cal State Long Beach, submitted the script for Lake Dead.

3. Hice’s first script meeting for Lake Dead took place at Coughlin’s frat house on the Cal State Long Beach campus.

4. Lake Dead was director George Bessudo’s debut feature film. For his second horror movie, Farm House—about a young couple stranded at a mysterious vineyard—he reunited with Lake Dead’s screenwriter Daniel P. Coughlin.

5. Lake Dead was a quick production – the entire shoot only took 15 days.

6. All of the fights, falls, and stunts were done by the actors themselves.

7. Bessudo originally had the entire movie storyboarded, but because of the quick production turnaround, many of the shots and much of the dialogue were improvised.

8. Bessudo said he drew inspiration for Lake Dead from films like Jaws, The Shining, Poltergeist, The Amityville Horror, and When a Stranger Calls.

9. The motel in the film is actually the “Spanish Hacienda” at Sable Ranch in Santa Clarita, California. The Ranch is specifically rented out for film shoots, and includes a “Western Street” that features a saloon, a general store, a sheriff’s office, and a jail.

10. The RV the characters drive is a 1995 Fleetwood Flair.

11. Like any good independent filmmakers from 2007, producers promoted Lake Dead on MySpace. The movie’s profile is still live:  https://myspace.com/lakedead.

12. Eagle-eyed viewers will catch a continuity error when the evil Sheriff Chuck Lake takes Brielle, Kelly, and Ben inside the motel for questioning. When the character Gloria gives them drinks (that eventually render them unconscious) she is wearing a grey shirt, but when the three are brought back out to Chuck’s police car, she’s wearing a bright red shirt.

13. Alex Quinn, the actor who plays Bill, is the youngest son of legendary actor Anthony Quinn, who appeared in such cinema classics as Lawrence of Arabia and who won two Best Supporting Actor Academy Awards for his performances in Viva Zapata! and Lust for Life.

14. Despite the resemblance, the actors who played the maniac brothers aren’t actually brothers. Abel was played by actor Christian Stokes—who has since gone on to appear in movies like Richard Linklater’s Bernie and Escape Plan starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger—while Lake Dead marked the film debut of actor Trevor Torseth, who played Kane.

15. A sequel entitled Lake Dead 2: The Rage of Kane went into development after the first movie was released, but it was never made. It would have involved the maniac brother Kane stalking a church group who bought the motel property after the events of the first movie.

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Everything That’s Leaving Netflix in July
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Here’s some news you won’t be cheering about: Bring It On is leaving Netflix on July 1st—as are the four of its sequels that are currently part of the company’s streaming library (FYI: there are a total of six Bring It On films altogether—yes, six). The Lethal Weapon franchise will bid farewell, too, as will a handful of classic films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s. To make way for July’s slate of new titles, here’s everything that’s leaving Netflix in July.

JULY 1

Alive

Along Came Polly

An Honest Liar

Beerfest

Before Midnight

Bring It On

Bring It On Again

Bring It On: All or Nothing

Bring It On: Fight to the Finish

Bring It On: In It to Win It

Cocktail

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Lethal Weapon

Lethal Weapon 2

Lethal Weapon 3

Lethal Weapon 4

Little Women

Michael Clayton

Midnight in Paris

Mixed Signals

More Than a Game

Pandemic

Piglet’s Big Movie

Rugrats Go Wild

Scary Movie

Scream 3

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

The Art of War

Tropic Thunder

V for Vendetta

JULY 2

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

JULY 8

Alpha & Omega: Journey to Bear Kingdom

Real Husbands of Hollywood: Seasons 1-5

JULY 9

Ratchet and Clank

Serena

JULY 11

Alice Through the Looking Glass

JULY 14

Wild Hogs

JULY 15

Convergence

Lockup: State Prisons: Collection 1

Small Is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary

JULY 16

Changeling

Wanted

JULY 29

The Den

JULY 30

A Cinderella Story

Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot

Swing State 

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Every New Movie, TV Series, and Special Coming to Netflix in July
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Like so much of the moviegoing world, Netflix is in a Jurassic Park state of mind. Among the dozens of new movies, TV shows, and specials that will be added to the company’s already-massive streaming library next month are Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Jurassic Park III. There’s plenty to love for non-dino enthusiasts, too—including new seasons of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and Orange is the New Black. Here’s everything new that’s coming to Netflix in July.

JULY 1

Blue Bloods: Season 8

Bo Burnham: what.

Chocolat

Deceived

Finding Neverland

Get Smart

Happy Gilmore

Hawaii Five-O: Season 8

Interview with the Vampire

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park III

Madam Secretary: Season 4

Menace II Society

NCIS: Season 15

Pandorum

Penelope

Queens of Comedy: Season 2

Rica, Famosa, Latina: Seasons 1-4

Scooby-Doo

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

Spanglish

Stealth

Swordfish

The Boondock Saints

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

The Princess Diaries

The Voices

Traitor

Troy

Van Helsing

We Own the Night

We the Marines

What We Started

JULY 2

Dance Academy: The Comeback

Good Witch: Season 4

Romina

The Sinner: Season 1

JULY 3

The Comedy Lineup

JULY 5

Blue Valentine

JULY 6

Anne with an E: Season 2

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: New 2018: Freshly Brewed

First Team: Juventus: Part B

Free Rein: Season 2

Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons: Season 2

Sacred Games

Samantha!

Somebody Feed Phil: The Second Course

The Fosters: Season 5

The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter

The Skin of The Wolf

White Fang

JULY 7

Scream 4

JULY 9

Lockup: Extended Stay: Collection 1

JULY 10

Drug Lords: Season 2

JULY 12

Gone Baby Gone

JULY 13

How It Ends

Jim Jefferies: This Is Me Now

Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain

Sugar Rush

The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants

JULY 15

Bonusfamiljen: Season 2

Going for Gold

The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale: Part 2

JULY 20

Amazing Interiors

Dark Tourist

Deep Undercover: Collection 3

Duck Duck Goose

Father of the Year

Fix It and Finish It: Collection 3

Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh: Season 4

Jimmy: The True Story of a True Idiot

Last Chance U: EMCC & Life After

Last Chance U: INDY: Part 1

Luna Petunia: Return to Amazia: Season 2

JULY 22

An Education

Disney’s Bolt

JULY 24

The Warning

Iliza Shlesinger: Elder Millennial

JULY 27

Cupcake & Dino - General Services

Extinction

Orange Is the New Black: Season 6

Roman Empire: Reign of Blood: Master of Rome

The Bleeding Edge

The Worst Witch: Season 2

Welcome to the Family

JULY 28

Shameless: Season 8

The Company Men

JULY 29

Her

Sofia the First: Season 4

JULY 30

A Very Secret Service: Season 2

JULY 31

Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 3

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