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Return to Cabin by the Lake (2001)





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Most screenwriters fight to protect their creative vision, but one man goes a good bit farther than most in this sequel to the made-for-TV horror flick Cabin by the Lake. Murderous scriptwriter Stanley Caldwell (Judd Nelson) is missing and thought to be dead, but the strange stories of his grisly crimes have made the project he was writing at the time of his death a hot property, and director Mike Helton (Brian Krause) has hired writer Allison Gaddis (Dahlia Salem) to polish Caldwell's rough draft as he prepares to bring Stanley's final work to the big screen. But it turns out Stanley isn't dead after all -- he managed to escape and has gone into hiding, but the news that his work is being tampered with brings him back to the scene of his crimes. Posing as J.C. Reddick, a relative of the producer, Caldwell gets hired as an assistant director on the film, and claiming to have known the late Caldwell, he sets out to reshape the movie so that it reflects his own twisted ideals. Produced for the USA cable network, Return to Cabin by the Lake was first aired on December 15, 2001.more
Rating: R (Some Violence, a Scene of Sexuality, and Brief Drug Use)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Television, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jeffrey Reddick
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 18, 2001
USA Home Entertainment


Judd Nelson
as Stanley Caldwell
Brian Krause
as Mike Helton
JR Bourne
as JC Reddick
Natasha Wilson
as Elizabeth
Marc Baur
as Driver
Tamara Taggart
as TV Anchor
Glenn Ennis
as Police Officer
Darren Moore
as Weird FX Guy
Daniella Evangelista
as Kimberly Parson
Disa Fladmark
as Dead Girl #1
Danielle McFadyen
as Dead Girl #2
Richard Yee
as Crew Guy #1
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Why would anyone in their right mind make a sequel to the first movie? The operative phrase here is "right mind", because anyone who thought that hideous acting, random slow motion during action sequences and a plot that doesn't actually involve the cabin OR the lake would make for a good movie is crazy.


Drew Smith

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Sequel to the previous "Cabin by the Lake" the movie is about the making of a movie of the psychotic but gifted mystery writer Stanley Caldwell,Judd Nelson, last an incomplete work before he disappeared under the waves of Lake Summit. It's no surprise at all that the murderous Cardwell survived when we see him in a number of very unconvincing disguises.Cardwell is seen early in the film killing a number of people who have to do with the making of the movie based on his unfinished masterpiece. Sequels hardly ever live up to the original. This definitely proves true in this case. However, if you're a big fan of the original than definitely give this a watch. Although the camera work is lacking, Brian Krause's character is annoying, and the plot is clique, it's much more funnier than the first and that is what I find entertaining about it. Don't see this movie expecting the same performance as in the first film. Quite frankly it's a bit different. Rather than sitting in his cabin writing screenplays, Stanley is off in Hollywood trying to direct his dream project, Cabin by the Lake. This movie has a much different feel but it's still great to see Stanley back in action.

Danielle S

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