It's 1984 and a young horny couple are going camping by a lake. They're joined by an annoying friend who gets his kicks listening to loud music on headphones and playing with fireworks. But when a frightening figure suddenly appears in the forest, they soon wish they had paid attention to the 'keep out' signs.
Dead Man's Lake is a 9-minute homage to the horror films of the 1980s. It captures the look and feel of a classic slasher movie with great affection, including the vivid colours, POV shots, incidental music and variable acting performances. (I'm not sure if the last one is intentional, but if it's not it's only a minor issue, really.) The gore effects are surprisingly grisly for such a short film, and much of the general photography is actually quite beautiful.
At the peak of the action the 'big twist' is revealed, and it works well. It's tempting to say more about that, but I don't want to spoil the surprise. If you have fond memories of old-school 'killing-horny-teens-by-a-lake' horror then you really should give this a try. The full movie is available to view on YouTube, or below. 4/5