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Cast: Michael J. Gonzalez, Geno Romo, Bob Olin

Supporting Cast: Marzell Sampson, Heather Wakehouse, Varrell Crumlich, Cindy Millan, Phil Dupont, Jessica Fulks, Nina Natascha-Tomica

Director: Jeff Schneider

Genre: Horror

Year: 2012

Rating: NR

A group of friends head off for a secluded getaway and encounter more than they bargained for. "Nothing good happens at this lake," warns Ol' Mr. McAvoy to a group of unsuspecting campers looking forward to a sex and alcohol-fueled romp at a secluded lake. Little do they know the lake's sordid past, horrible atrocities, and the resident of the lake who does not take kindly to visitors. Michael J. Gonzalez stars in this old school horror film loaded with sex, alcohol, and the occasional unexpected life ending experience that traditional horror lovers have come to know and love. Despite the warnings of a local man four friends decide to head camp out anyway but it doesn't take long before they are introduced to the horror that awaits them all.

"Lake Noir" is the feature film debut for Director, Jeffrey Schneider and Writer, Abel Martinez Jr. and for the most part it's an entertaining watch. The film starts off slowly, it spends a good bit of it's run time focusing on it's characters and the legend of the lake before it actually gets to the horror but even with all the drama it still moves along at a nice pace. It also does a nice job at developing the characters and filling us in on the back-story of Cesar, the young man who was murdered at the lake by a jealous boyfriend. Legend has it that Cesar lives in the lake and waits for unsuspecting guests.

I thought the film could of used a bit more horror and killings but I found it to be enjoyable for what it was. I'm sure this is what the filmmakers had visioned when making the film so the drama should come as no surprise. There is definately room for improvement but I see the potential here so I look forward to see what this filmmaker has coming next. The cast did a nice job at playing their characters, no one actor really stood out but it was a solid effort from everyone.

Over-all "Lake Noir" is a good watch, the story is simply but it's characters are complex enough for you to have some feelings for them when the killing begins. I liked the twist ending that I never seen coming which was a nice bonus. If you're a fan of Indie horror then I recommend checking this one out when it comes to DVD on 2/19/2013. The film has a few nice kills and it creates some good suspense. Hot chicks, blood and a menacing villian, what more can a fan ask for.

Released by Brain Damage Films

*** Out Of *****