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Zombie Lake (1980)
El Lago de los Muertes Vivientes
The Lake of the Living Dead
Le Lac des Morts Vivants
Zombies Lake

Nomination Year: 2003
SYNOPSIS:  During World War II, a group of Nazi soldiers was ambushed and drowned in a lake in France. Time passes, and the Nazis come back as zombies to terrorize the populace.

Oblivious

Garter Belt Girl
As she stops to adjust her garter belt, the zombie "sneaks" up behind her, secure in the knowledge that she possesses no peripheral vision.

Smithee Award Winner! "Let's Up The Rating To 'R'"

Let's Up the Rating to OB-GYN
The women go skinny-dipping in the lake/pool. The shots in the lake are all above-water shots. The shots in the pool are all taken from underneath, looking up. Which is mostly okay, at least until the scissor-kicking....

Smithee Award Winner! "Whoops!"

So Much So Wrong in So Short a Timespan
First the two people are talking in the hallway, and the light goes out.

Then as they walk into the next room, you can see the tripod, and the cluster of cords all plugged into a power strip.

And finally, as they come into the room and sit down, you can see the camera clearly reflected in a mirror between them.

Acting Appropriately Stupid

Maybe You Can Get Them To Pose
The man warns the woman that zombies are coming, and she wants to stick around to take pictures. In fact, she heads toward where the zombies are coming from.

Smithee Award Winner! Worst Special Effect

Zombie Swimming Pool
It's a pond! It's a pool! It's a pond! It's a pool! It's a ... okay, it's a pool. You can see the draping bunched up over the tiles.

Smithee Award Winner! Worst Picture

Alternate Clothed Sequences
The woman's volleyball team happens to choose the Nazi-haunted lake to skinny dip. They playfully splash water on each other to cheery music as, below the water, in the pool, the Nazis move to the sound of a glockenspiel falling over.

The Nazis eventually get to the surface, and drown all but one of the women (she had gotten out of the water and was half-dressed when they attacked).

She runs to the nearby town, topless, into the bar, and collapses, saying only "The Lake! The Lake!"

Actors/Directors of Note
Actor Claim to Fame
Howard Vernon  
Pierre-Marie Escourrou  
 Anouchka  
Antonio Mayans  
Alain Petit most of his film credits are for stuntwork 
Director Claim to Fame
Jean Rollin Sometimes credited as J.A. Laser 

Kevin Hogan

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