Lake Placid 3
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|Lake Placid 3|
|Written by||David Reed|
|Directed by||Griff Furst|
|Music by||Nathan Furst|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||96 minutes|
|Distributor||Sony Pictures Home Entertainment|
|Preceded by||Lake Placid 2|
|Followed by||Lake Placid: The Final Chapter|
Lake Placid 3 is a 2010 horror comedy television film directed by Griff Furst. The film is a sequel to Lake Placid 2 (2007) and the third installment in the Lake Placid film series. The film premiered on August 21, 2010 on Syfy, and was released to DVD later that year.
A year after the events of the second film at Black Lake, in Aroostook County, Maine, young couple April and Jason go skinny dipping and are attacked and killed by a group of baby crocodiles. Meanwhile, at the house of the deceased Sadie Bickerman, her nephew Nathan, his wife Susan, and their son Connor, are cleaning out the house so they can sell it. However, Sheriff Tony Willinger soon arrives and convinces Nathan and Susan not to sell. Connor chases an escaped pet lizard down to the lake where he encounters the baby crocodiles, and begins to secretly feed them.
Two years later, Connor has continued to feed the now adult crocodiles stolen meat from the supermarket, but he is soon caught for shoplifting by Dimitri and sent home by Susan to his babysitter, Vica. However, Connor goes to the lake to feed the crocodiles, followed by Vica who is attacked. Vica, whose arm is badly injured, finds Susan at Sadie's house, where they tend to Vica's arm and Connor confesses to feeding the crocodiles. Meanwhile, Nathan is searching the lake due to a number of elk disappearances. He meets four teenagers - Ellie, Tara, Aaron and Charlie - who are camping on the lake. The teenagers show Nathan an elk head they previously found, leading Nathan to believe it was the act of hunter Reba, but he persuades Sheriff Tony to search the lake to ensure that it is clear of crocodiles. While the teenagers camp, they decide to go swimming and the girls go into the woods to strip off their clothes and get into their bikinis. Charlie spies on them and watches them stripping their clothes and taking pictures, but then is eaten by a crocodile.
Reba is approached by teenager Brett, to help him find his girlfriend Ellie, who he fears will be taken advantage of by Aaron. Reba agrees and takes Brett out onto the lake in her boat with Jonas and Walt. As they stop to hunt elk, a crocodile attacks the boat and knocks the group into the water. Walt is devoured, but the others escape to shore and are stranded in the woods. After hours, Ellie and Aaron search for the missing Charlie, leaving Tara by the lake where she is killed by the crocodile. Ellie and Aaron return to find her missing, so they decide to try and get help. They discover Charlie's corpse, then find what Ellie thinks is Brett's jacket. Ellie decides to search for Brett, upsetting Aaron, who walks the other way, only to be attacked by a crocodile.
After searching the lake, Nathan and Sheriff Tony arrive at Sadie's house and join Susan, Connor and Vica. They decide to try and escape from the house to go to a hospital but, as they do so, Vica and Sheriff Tony are devoured, and the car is submerged in the lake. Nathan, Susan and Connor take shelter in the house. Meanwhile, Brett, Reba and Jonas manage to shoot a crocodile dead, but another crocodile arrives and decapitates Jonas before attacking Reba, who manages to escape. Desperate, Reba and Brett travel on Reba's boat to Sadie's house and meet with Nathan, Susan and Connor. Determined to find Ellie, Brett escapes to Reba's boat and searches for her. He finds Ellie, but a crocodile kills him.
Reba kills a crocodile that breaks into the house, then leaves with Nathan, Susan, and Connor. Ellie joins them, and they make it to the town. The group break into the supermarket to call for help, setting off the alarm and attracting Dimitri, but he is swiftly devoured as a group of crocodiles enter the supermarket. The group is ambushed but manage to kill most of the crocodiles, but Reba is seemingly killed in the process. The only remaining crocodile chases Nathan, Susan, Ellie, and Connor to the gas station, where the group manage to ignite gas with a lighter, causing an explosion that kills the crocodile. An ambulance then comes and helps Nathan, Susan, Ellie and Connor.
Sometime later, Nathan, is taking a group of tourists around the lake, telling them of the crocodiles that are believed to be extinct. However, a baby crocodile is seen swimming in the lake, before an adult crocodile attacks the camera and the film ends.
- Colin Ferguson as Nathan Bickerman
- Yancy Butler as Reba
- Kirsty Mitchell as Susan Bickerman
- Kacey Clarke as Ellie
- Jordan Grehs as Connor Bickerman
- Michael Ironside as Sheriff Tony Willinger
- Mark Evans as Brett Willies
- Nils Hognestad as Aaron Fitzgerald
- Bianca Ilich as Victoria "Vica" Lewis
- Angelica Penn as Tara Kendrick
- Brian Landon as Charlie Berman
- Atanas Srebrev as Jonas Andres
- Donald Anderson as Walt Davis
- Roxanne Pallett as April Wallace
- James Marchant as Jason Kingsleigh
- Velizar Binev as Dimitri Cleese
- John Laskowski as Station Attendant
- Ivo Simeonov as Town Drunk
- Kremena Otashliyska as Girl
David Nusair of Reelfilm.com called it "...just another needless direct-to-video horror sequel" and gave it 1.5 out of 4 stars. Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a negative review, calling it "the Syfy channel’s latest new junk horror film". He had some praise for Ferguson who "did his job as well as possible under the circumstances" and Butler, but missed the presence of Betty White from the first film.
- David Nusair (2010). "The Lake Placid Trilogy - Reviews by David Nusair". Reelfilm.com. Archived from the original on 2019-04-30. Retrieved 2020-09-16.
- "Lake Placid 3 (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
- "'Lake Placid 3' review: Eureka! We have a new bad Syfy movie winner!". Entertainment Weekly. August 22, 2010. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
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