Croaked: Frog Monster from Hell

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Croaked: Frog Monster from Hell
DVD cover for 'Croaked: Frog Monster from Hell'
Directed byBill Rebane
Produced byJerry Gregoris
Bill Rebane
Written byLyoma Denetz
Jerry Gregoris
Mike Landers
StarringKaren McDiarmid
Alan Ross
Brad Ellingson
Jerry Gregoris
Glenn Scherer
Music byBruce Malm
CinematographyBela St. Jon
Edited byBill Rebane
Distributed byTroma Entertainment
Release date
Running time
93 minutes (Original Burbank VHS runtime)

Croaked: Frog Monster from Hell (also known as Rana: The Legend of Shadow Lake) is a 1981 American monster movie directed by Bill Rebane. The plot of Croaked involves a group of loggers terrorized by a vicious half-man/half-frog creature. The film was distributed by Troma Entertainment.

In his book All I Need to Know about Filmmaking I Learned from the Toxic Avenger, Troma president Lloyd Kaufman lists this film as one of the five best Troma films ever made (along with The Capture of Bigfoot, also directed by Bill Rebane).[1]


When a fortune is discovered at the bottom of a lake, a diver is out to get it, even when he discovers that the loot is being guarded by an awful underwater beast.


  • Paul Callaway and Richard Lange as Rana
  • Glenn Scherer as Kelly Sr.
  • Brad Ellingson as Kelly Jr.
  • Karen McDiarmid as Elli
  • Alan Ross as John
  • Julie Wheaton as Susan
  • Jerry Gregoris as Charlie
  • Jim Iaquinta as Burley, Rana
  • Bruno Alexander as Cal
  • Michael Skewes as Mike
  • Doreen Moze as Chris


Home Media[edit]

The film was released on VHS in 1991 by Burbank. It was released for the first time on DVD by BCI, in a 3-disk multi feature set on August 24, 2004. BCI would re-release the film as a part of a 10-disk multi feature collection on October 5, 2005.[2]

Release names[edit]

1. Rana: The Legend Of Shadow Lake (1981). 2. Croaked: Frog Monster From Hell (1991) as VHS.


John Noonan from wrote, "By all accounts this should be a fun and frivolous massacred by Mother Nature genre of movie. Instead, even at an 86 minute running time, it feels like Croaked is charging through treacle towards a wholly unsurprising and unsatisfying ending."[3]


  1. ^ 1945-, Kaufman, Lloyd, (1998). All I really need to know about filmmaking I learned from the toxic avenger. Gunn, James, 1966- (Berkley Boulevard trade paperback ed.). New York: Berkley Boulevard Books. p. 11. ISBN 0425163571. OCLC 39622842.
  2. ^ "Rana: The Legend of Shadow Lake (1981) - Bill Rebane". AllMovie. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  3. ^ Noonan, John. "ilm Review: Croaked: Monster From Hell (1975)". John Noonan. Retrieved 8 July 2018.

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