A lot of the time in sci-fi horror you just need to detach your brain, sit back & enjoy the silliness for what it is. It’s what made franchises like Sharknado so popular & is pretty much the only type of film Sy-Fy knows how to make.
Amazingly Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys is not a Sy-Fy original even though it bears all the hallmarks of one.
A small American town comes under siege from blood-thirsty lamprey. It’s up to a marine specialist to stop the town being overrun especially as it’s tourist season! Something the mayor is all to aware of, something he’s not willing to delay…naturally.
Of course killer lamprey is a problem but to makes matters worse these things have mutated. They can now survive on land & travel through water pipes! Will anyone survive the attack of the killer lamprey!?
Will you care? As stated at the beginning of this review this is a film where the only way to ‘enjoy’ it is to completely detach your brain & hope for some tongue in cheek, gory scenes. For the most part, Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys succeeds in that regard but drops the proverbial ball in every other department.
The cast is huge & forgettable with even the big names (Christopher Lloyd) clearly phoning it in for a pay check. The leads do mostly fine in their roles but the supporting cast, in particular the younger actors, stink up the screen.
There’s no point in trashing the CGI of a movie like this. You know what you’re going to get & anything above terrible is a bonus. It’s not great CGI but mixes the odd practical effect in to keep your interest up.
The biggest issue with Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys is that it is just far too long. Coming in at nearly 90 minutes, it is incredibly dragged out. There are numerous moments where you’re sure it’s about to reach its conclusion & it doesn’t. Instead opting for another lengthy exposition scene or pointless dialogue exchange that just frustrates.
For such a silly film idea, it surprisingly takes itself very seriously. It’s not that much fun & the story is so rehashed that even a lobotomy wouldn’t make it an enjoyable watch.
Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys