Landing Lake (2017)

Shot in Super35mm in Trentino, Northern Italy, and the UK, director Cesare Pollacci Libardi di K’s aspires to be “cocktail of The Thing and Rabid,” according to the film’s PR materials. Well, you can’t fault the hyperbole, as those are big goals to shoot for. The truth is, there’s a lot of wandering the woods and people yelling one another’s names.

Satellite technicians enter the woods to repair a communication station, but then they encounter the crew of a crashed airplane. However, something inside the lake is taking over everyone’s minds, loosening their inhibitions. However, one of their number is about to bond with the entities and be reborn in a new body.

There’s a fair amount of body horror on display, with one character melting into a giant pile of guts and blood. But there’s also more than a fair amount sheer nonsense. And not in a good way. In a way that makes this film seem like it’s ten times longer than its actual running time.

There is a pretty cool synth soundtrack, though. So it has that going for it. I’ve just seen too many movies lately where people are lost in the woods and screaming one another’s names for twenty minutes in a row, maybe.

Landing Lake premieres on VOD and DVD July 9 from High Octane Pictures.

DISCLAIMER: This movie was sent to us by its PR team, but that no bearing on our review.

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