Crystal Lake
 
 
Studio: kaleetomey
 
Review Count: 38
Average Rating: 4.47 stars
Genre: Horror
Length: 19 minutes 36 seconds
 
Posted on: December 28, 2005
 
 
Film Description
The people of this small mountain town aren't prepared for what is about to happen to them on a quiet Saturday evening. Are you?

Highest Rankings:
26th in Overall
5th in Horror Genre

Directors Comments: Thanks to all the fans of this movie! It's very gratifying to know just how much you have enjoyed it! You have my sincere appreciation!
Sorry there are no voice overs, there was just too many actors in this movie to do all their voices. Once I was almost done with the movie, I realized the movie kind of had that "Predator" feel. I hope you really enjoy the movie even though it's almost 20 minutes long. It goes by pretty fast. Started with 50 minutes of film, put together a 30 minute movie then trimmed 10 minutes off that! The scope of the story is pretty large since the story surrounds an entire town so to cut any more from it would have taken away from the movie I think. I left the ending open so I could do a possible sequel. I also hope you think it's one of the best horror films you have seen! A lot of work went into this! I tried to put as much suspense as I could into it without making it dull or boring! I don't care too much about the star rating even though it gives me an idea of how much you liked it. The most important thing to me is creating something that you are going to find entertaining and enjoy. I also hope it inspires and gives other people ideas just like I have been inspired by others! Hope this film offers a few surprises and brings you a nightmare or two! LOL

To answer some questions from the comments:
1) Many of you have commented on the background music....I guess I tried too hard to create suspense through the whole movie...I kinda wanted you to have that something is going to jump out and happen feeling and then it doesn't (sorry-no attacking hamburgers-LOL)...only way to do that was through the music..I purposely did that in several scenes to build suspense. I guess it was a little too much. Lesson learned! Since everyone has really enjoyed this film, I'll definitely do a sequel. There will be a couple surprises though but I don't want to spoil it. They are actually built into this movie but you will probably have to see the sequel which will have the explanation then go back and watch this film again and then you'll see it all fits.
2)The restaurant...Just found out that you have to win the platinum lifetime honor in the game! You have to win all 9 achievement awards and win every ceremony award a disignated number of times before 2005 in game. There is also an unlocking mod that unlocks everything in sandbox mode, which is what I used.
3)The shower scene....Thanks to a german mod I downloaded, it installs female nudes as costumes, I had to do extra editing of the scene...it actually was way more revealing but I had to keep this clean for The Movies Website...But I had to ask myself....who takes showers in thier underwear? I think it gave it a little more realism to it. Also, the police uniforms were downloaded off that site too. They are just a little different than the regular game police uniform, yellow is different shade and patch I believe is different. I downloaded all the mods and didn't save the link. If I find the website again, I'll post the link below.
4)I'm really not into horror movies...I didn't know Crystal Lake was in Friday the 13th. Just a coincidence. That in itself is a little spooky because I may have watched parts of Friday the 13th, maybe 15-20 years ago. I just thought the name sounded good for a mountain town near a lake. I also invisioned this taking place in Alaska. I don't know which state Jason is from so for all intended purposes let's say they are different towns with the same name! So Jason V., I didn't mean any disrespect....so please don't kill me! LOL
5)I think this is an important comment since many of you commented on the length and trimming. Looking back at the film, I've noticed a few spots where I could have trimmed a little but keep in mind I also didn't want to have my subtitles in other parts go flying by which is a common complaint in other movies. I also didn't want the story to go by too fast because sometimes you lose track of what's going on in the story. I think it's a touchy balance but I do think I could have squeezed off another minute maybe two without hurting the subtitles. I also thought about not showing the monster till later on in the movie. He just happened to be in that particular scene and that's where I wanted the scene and didn't want to reshoot anymore scenes. It was a judgement call. My original intention was to not show him till the very end. But I really thouhgt the loud monster yell was pretty kewl and knew people wouldn't expect it and wanted to showcase it. I thought the original scary music in the game built suspense. I probably could have done better with some custom music but I rushed things a bit probably because I was really excited about the movie at how well it turned out that I really wanted to get it released quickly. I probably should have spent another week tweeking it! But a lot of times you don't notice this stuff until you get other people to review it! Overall, for the time I spent making it and all the positive comments, I am still very happy with it!

Reviewing this movie will get mine in return...Thanks!

Special thanks to all the 5 star reviews, I didn't expect so many! It's very encouraging! YOU GUYS ROCK!

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Featured Reviews
- Austin909

This was the most amazing horror movie I've ever seen. I could tell you really worked hard on this movie. Unless you're busy making another flick could you check out my studio?

Posted on January 4, 2006
- Masquerade37

You accomplished your goal. You've made one of the most suspenciful movies I've ever seen. I'd agree, the dragging on of some music was a little much. But otherwise this was a fantastic movie. 5 stars!

Posted on December 30, 2005
- Brokienheart

Very well done, very well thought out. Like choppin mentioned, the music didnt fully fit the scenes, besides that everything was very nice and very enjoyable. And to think that I almost didnt watch it because of the time, but I think it was worth the whole 19 almost 20 minutes to watch.

Posted on December 30, 2005
- waynhoward

Very Good indeed. The scenes showing all the deserted parts of town added some creepy atmosphere to it.Well done!

(The suspense music in the opening scene seemed wrong, i was waiting for the hambergers to attack them,lol)

To other potential viewers. Don't let the length of the movie stop you from watching.This is a VERY GOOD horror flick.

Posted on December 29, 2005
- PearsonHouse

I must admit I rarely download movies over 15 mins long. But I am glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. My 20 mins was well spent I think. It must have taken you ages to do that. Hope this makes the charts, it certainly deserves it. You should definetly do a sequel. Thankyou also for rating my werewolf movie so highly. Best Wishes. :)

Posted on December 29, 2005
 
Reviews
- MARTIJNAIKEMA

You deserve that 5-star-rating. Good movie and great editing. I do not agree with the people saying the movie was too long. I liked it this way. Cause this way you can easily watch the whole subtitle without speed-reading. That is something that lacks a lot of movies. So I think the cutting was done great.

Only the sudden end. After reading the reviews I understand that it is a sequal. That explains a lot.

Also good use of custom content. What is said about the music is true but this did not bother me.

Great work!

Please also review my movie:
http://movies.lionhead.com/movie/35845

Posted on January 10, 2006
- philip066

wow!

Posted on January 10, 2006
- Dajmin

I almost didn't watch this movie when I saw the length, but I'm very glad I did!
A well written, well told suspense thriller with none of the silliness that comes with a lot of horrors. This one was a lot more psychological and for that I thought it was great.
I agree with some of the other reviews here that the music was out of place sometimes, but that didn't really distract from the movie too much.

I'll be watching for the sequel!

Posted on January 9, 2006
- Alexei18

Very, very good movie. I liked the mods and the custom backdrops, and I hope someone could explain it to me. It was predictable, but so is almost every horror film. I'm sure lots of time was spent making this movie and I thoroughly enjoyed it. :)

Posted on January 7, 2006
- Juret

This was a very good horrorflick, but come on, you have to start using the sound proper. First of all, i cant give you a five when you dont use VO, thats simple were down to four. And whats this, you use scary music LONG before its supposed to be scary, you dont even TRY to fool me to feel secure for a second. Also, you need to cut a bit faster in the beginning when you throw out a 20 min flick made in the movies.

Damn, i want to give you a five, but i would be a hypocrat if i didnt rate this as a decent good movie and not a very good movie as everybody else does, only because of those things. VERY good work though. Get some actors to VO for you next time and work more on the sound and ill be happy to thow fives on you!!!

Posted on January 7, 2006
- still_ill

A lot of the segments were very drawn out and could have been cut in half or cut altogther. Neither the plot nor the characters grabbed me very much, but I'm not rating on genre preference or anything. Despite the sluggish pace, the movie flows well and is clear in its purpose; the dialog and editing do not confuse the viewer like a lot of the posts on TMO. A+ for effort, I give this a 4.

Posted on January 5, 2006
- daredevil_can

Good movie. I didn't mind the length but some of the music seemed out of place.

Posted on January 5, 2006
- BobbyWadd1

What's with this too long crap? What do you guys watch on TV, commercials?
Seriously, I had to download this at a friends house who has DSL.
Really good movie, more in common with the Blob than Jason, plotwise that is.

Posted on January 4, 2006
- Robbieh

It was a very good movie. Lets not deny that. But, though i have nothing against (i even encourage them) long movies, this one just did not have enough content to prevent me from getting a little bored at times. The fact that it was all very predictable, helps a great hand in that matter too. The mods, are fine, but i'm not going to take them into my rating, as everyone can download them and use them, no effort in that. Also, i think that you should'nt have shown the creature so soon. It would have helped to keep up the anti-boring factor (ghehe, srry, had to) if you let the creature remain a mistery till close to the ending. Anyway, good job, but for a 20 min movie, you need to put in some more content, just not to let it get too repetive (the killings were really predictable). So there's a sequel coming? Well, i like the idea, but take some of these reviews into consideration.

Posted on January 4, 2006
- Austin909

This was the most amazing horror movie I've ever seen. I could tell you really worked hard on this movie. Unless you're busy making another flick could you check out my studio?

Posted on January 4, 2006
- Mitchell_Lee

This was a really good movie, but was definately too long.

Posted on January 4, 2006
- MFK88

good, but much too long

Posted on January 3, 2006
- red_factor5

Good movie, though quite long. You could have removed about 5 minutes and the movie would have still been good. Ending is great and I look forward to more of your movies.

Posted on January 3, 2006
- Coornoth

This movie could of benefited from tighter editing. What elevated it for me was the use of sound effects and the story.

Posted on January 3, 2006
- Mcgarnagle

This is a fantastic movie. Voice overs would have kicked ass but you did a great job with subtitles. They stayed on for a good amount of time. It seems that you didn't put as much effort in selecting music for this movie, which is a very important part of a suspense film. Check out this website. It has a download called music stopper. It works wonders. It will fade the music out in any song at any place. Just place it wherever you want on the music timeline. http://tmws.themoviesplanet.com/

Posted on January 2, 2006
- Apocryphon

You really could have trimmed some fat off this, and the music you already know about. Really good sound effects and restrained use of the Monsters though.
The custom mods gave you an original look too.
Overall good work.

Posted on January 2, 2006
- T_L_T

To make a twenty minute movie in this game you need to create something truely special... this i'm afraid isn't. It's good, but the length show up the weeknesses, there are alot of sceens that could be edited down and the pace could be improved. And with a movie this long v.o's are essentual. But loved the refs to other horror movies!

Posted on January 2, 2006
- kaipan

It could have been better if tighten some of the scenes (Eg. Waitress serving). A lot of efforts into it and it's a very good production!

Posted on January 2, 2006
- Jenniza

Very good suspense/horror/action/sci-fi'ish type movie. Good filmmaking in all aspects.

Posted on January 1, 2006
- madman12300

excelent

Posted on January 1, 2006
- SgtLRock

Good movie..I enjoyed it!

Posted on January 1, 2006
- northmeister

Some parts in the beginning should of been cut a little leaner and that is true of parts throughout the movie; it is what makes this so long. But, I am not going to rate you on length though. Movie is well told. I like how you use the MUSIC score actually. Builds tension! ATTACK, scenes well constructed, good use of sound effects here!!! COSTUME use very well done. STORY, good enough for a Hollywood make. Overall, good movie and storyline superb for horror genre; just needs a Producer to cut it down some for TMO!

Posted on January 1, 2006
- Dolor

interesting movie, but too long I think
-->4*

Posted on January 1, 2006
- biggstrek

A little long for my liking, yet I watched it all. A few too many characters. And the ending was, well, a bit of a let down. Not bad, but not brilliant.

Posted on January 1, 2006
- drybeanburrito

One of the best gorror movies i've seen on the site, very original to.

Posted on December 31, 2005
- Skilationinc

it was good, but ......... crystal lake is in the movies Friday the 13. With jason vorhees. the hockeyman guy. that was not good. jason is a great character. dont steal his playground, understand. i know where you live

Posted on December 31, 2005
- freddyvschuckyvsgodzilla

I think this should be at the top of the charts

Posted on December 31, 2005
- Masquerade37

You accomplished your goal. You've made one of the most suspenciful movies I've ever seen. I'd agree, the dragging on of some music was a little much. But otherwise this was a fantastic movie. 5 stars!

Posted on December 30, 2005
- Brokienheart

Very well done, very well thought out. Like choppin mentioned, the music didnt fully fit the scenes, besides that everything was very nice and very enjoyable. And to think that I almost didnt watch it because of the time, but I think it was worth the whole 19 almost 20 minutes to watch.

Posted on December 30, 2005
- Patisfat0

Really good ending. How did you get that shower scene part?

Posted on December 30, 2005
- Choppinsumwood

nice story.nice sound effects. 50 minutes of film? Spielberg watch out! I have to say that some of the music didn't click with some scenes but the rest of the film just made me forgot. You have a vivid imagination. I'll be looking out for a sequel, which you should do. Keep up the good work! And thanks for rating mine!

Posted on December 30, 2005
- Voidox

Everything went good,so mysterious I love it.
Can I ask you 2 things please:
First:How did you get the restaurant set ?
second:Rate my movie and watch the teaser trailer. Thanks

Posted on December 30, 2005
- MrPickles

Awesome--I loved the ending where there were 20 of those monsters! PLZ review back

Posted on December 30, 2005
- Offspring

excellent

Posted on December 30, 2005
- sarek13

Very Good!!

Posted on December 30, 2005
- waynhoward

Very Good indeed. The scenes showing all the deserted parts of town added some creepy atmosphere to it.Well done!

(The suspense music in the opening scene seemed wrong, i was waiting for the hambergers to attack them,lol)

To other potential viewers. Don't let the length of the movie stop you from watching.This is a VERY GOOD horror flick.

Posted on December 29, 2005
- PearsonHouse

I must admit I rarely download movies over 15 mins long. But I am glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. My 20 mins was well spent I think. It must have taken you ages to do that. Hope this makes the charts, it certainly deserves it. You should definetly do a sequel. Thankyou also for rating my werewolf movie so highly. Best Wishes. :)

Posted on December 29, 2005
- nasum84

stunning movie, although it's almost 20 minutes, good story and nice end :D

Posted on December 28, 2005