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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. It Had Film Festival Roots

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. It Made a College Student’s Dream Come True

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. Frat House = Writers’ Room

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. Who Needs Stunt Men?

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

7. Improv Was Key

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

Also The Shining, Poltergeist, The Amityville Horror, and When a Stranger Calls.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

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Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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