Yes, it will. Lake Alice – a crowdfunded slasher flick directed by Ben Milliken – won’t let you catch sleep anymore.
Why? No, not because it’s scary or unsettling or disturbing. Instead, Lake Alice will keep you wide awake wondering how on earth it got made.
Recently released straight on Amazon and Netflix, this ‘thing’ tells the story of a Californian family – mom, dad, young daughter and her boyfriend/fiancé – that ends up having Christmas holidays in the mountains being hunted down by two masked killers. As if it really matters…
In fact, the film is so horrendous that doesn’t even deserve a regular review, instead I tried to imagine the making-process behind Lake Alice by creating a hypothetic conversation between the director and the screenwriter (Stevie Jane Miller).
Milliken: Stevie, this material looks awesome! I can’t wait to start filming the movie!
Miller: I know, I put a lot of effort in it. It took me an overall of four hours to write the script… although I played Clash of Clans while writing it.
Milliken: Oh, that’s why there are so few scenes to film. I could fill the gaps and make for a feature-length movie?
Miller: Mmmm… that’s why I wrote 10 out of 12 pages on character development, where nothing else happens of any interest.
Milliken: If you want to call it ‘character development’… it’s just a series of random encounters between the main characters and other people living in the town. Which, by the way, don’t carry the plot along whatsoever.
Miller: Whatever. At least we can use those moments as fillers.
Milliken: Not really. Even when the action kicks off, I haven’t got enough material to work with.
Miller: Oh, well, then just take some amazing landscape shots.
Milliken: I don’t know how to do it.
Miller: What? Are you not supposed to be a director?
Milliken: Well, I filmed a wedding once, so I figured I would be able to film a horror movie.
Miller: Sounds like quite a good CV to me. Okay, what do we do then?
Milliken: I’ll just take absurdly elongated shots of car lights, basements, curtains and woods. To be fair, my strength is the action scenes!
Miller: Alright! How are you going to film them?
Milliken: Okay, listen. I am going to film the killer from behind his victims while he stabs them slowly and with no sense of urgency.
Miller: Sounds good. I don’t know how to write about brutal killings, so I might just as well let you do your stuff.
Milliken: I know what I am doing. Also, get ready for this, the killers will be revealed to be the guy who was in love with the main girl, backed up by his insane mother!
Miller: It seems like a predictable plot twist to me, though.
Milliken: No no no! Because I will fake the guy’s death and, only at the end, I will reveal that he wasn’t a victim but one of the fillers all along!
Miller: That’s pure genius!
Milliken: Wait, wait! The last shot, after the serial killers will be murdered by the main girl’s mother out of the blue and with no rational explanation whatsoever, will show another serial killer hiding in the bushes… to hint for a sequel!
Miller: God Ben! This will make us rich and famous! Let’s give a look to the final product before telling the production company we are ready to release the movie.
1 HOUR AND 12 MINUTES LATER
Miller: Sorry Ben, I fell asleep. How was the film?
Milliken: Crap, Stevie! I’ve done the same! Well, it must have been good, let’s release it!
Needless to say, Lake Alice turned out to be a train wreck, one of the worst slasher ever made. Do not watch it guys. Cheers!