A 13-year-old girl and her two friends fall asleep watching a monster movie and are literally sucked into its world. As dark forces close in, the kids formulate a plan to destroy a horrific lake dwelling creature in order to end the movie and return to reality.
RATING: Unrated, Family Friendly Ages 8+
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WRITER/DIRECTOR GREG POPE is an award-winning filmmaker based in Franklin, TN. He's the owner of Octoberville Creative, LLC where he produces a variety of content for a diverse family of clients and major brands. His original short films have been screened at Comic-Con International, AwesomeCon Short Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) and on StarWars.com. His short “There’s Something In the Lake” premiered at the AtlantaShortsFest and won “Outstanding Achievement in Genre Filmmaking” award at the Lake County Film Festival. He is has just released a feature length version of the film which will screen at Comic-Con International in Summer 2022.
My love of monster movies began around age 8, with a TV show called Chiller Theatre that came on Friday nights at 11. I used to beg my mom to let me stay up and watch classic horror films from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s like “Creature from the Black Lagoon.”
But sometimes I wouldn’t make it through the whole movie because I’d fall asleep. I’d wake up in the middle of the night disoriented, the movie having long ended, and stumble off to bed.
That’s exactly what happens to Sam, the main character in my film. After falling asleep watching a late night creature feature, she and her friends wake up thinking everything is normal. But Sam begins to notice that things are not what they seem, and the kids soon discover they’re trapped in a monster movie. As dark forces close in they realize the only way back to reality is to face the monster and destroy it.
One thing I love about those older monster movies; they’re like a good roller coaster; plenty of twists and turns but they don’t leave you feeling sick. A fun ride. That’s my hope for this film, which is my first feature. I was blessed to work with some really talented kids on this movie including my daughter Esther Jane Pope. We had a blast on set and when our production wrapped there were literal tears.
If you're up for a good old fashioned monster movie I hope you'll check out “There’s Something in the Lake."
The Short Film that Inspired the Feature
Shot in and around Nashville Tennessee, There's Something In The Lake (short film) premiered at the 2020 Atlanta ShortsFest in August was an official selection of Comicon International Film Festival, Awesome Con Short Film Fest, Jelly Film Festival (finalist) and won the Outstanding Achievement in Genre Filmmaking award at the Lake County Film Festival.
A feature length version is now available on Amazon Prime.
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