Watch ‘The Man In The Lake’ Right Now!

Winners of the contest we have been running will be emailed tomorrow. In the mean time, watch ‘The Man In The Lake’ below and leave your thoughts or mini-review in the comments after you are done watching the film. The film is in 5 parts, so remember to watch one at a time in order from top to bottom. Enjoy the film everyone!


Produced by Southlan-Films
Directed by Ron McLellen
written by Kevin L Powers

After the drowning death of a young man at Camp Crystal Lake, the camp is closed down for good. Police searched for days after the accident but the body of the young man was never rcovered from the lake. Now years later a private investor, Spencer Hartwell, buys the property where the camp once stood with plans of reopening it. He hires a group of young folks to join him at the camp and help him get it ready for the upcoming season. When they arrive at the nearby town of Crystal City they are warned to stay away from the old camp. A local store owner tells them how no one goes there because legend has it that the young boy who drowned all those years back actually survived, and now he haunts the forest surrounding Crystal Lake taking vengence on anyone that somes around. None of them take the stories seriously, and they go on their way. Shortly after arriving one of the guys, exploring the forest, happens upon an old shack. Upon checking it out he discovers that the stories are true, and the Man in the Lake… is real.

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47 Responses to “ Watch ‘The Man In The Lake’ Right Now! ”

  1. I really enjoyed it! My only gripe is I wish the Friday 7 score wasn’t used so much, it was one of my least favorite scores of the series.

  2. Fun fan film and I know it’s a fan film but one criticism I have that’s worth mentioning is the use of the Hockey Mask Prologue OST from part 7. It’s overused IMO. I always found it very interesting how in F13 films locals are content to let Jason have his territory. They know he’s there. Don’t know what that really says about them but it’s interesting.

  3. Great film!!!

  4. Pretty cool for what it’s worth. Turned out better then I thought, not a huge fan of fan films, but great homage to the franchise all and all.

  5. for all the hype this site has givin this fan film i was not impressed. seemed like a rehash of all the friday flicks combined with rob zombies halloween. not saying i could make anything better but for all the effort and time put into it i was expecting better. jason didnt look right the music didnt fit i guess you just looped the part 7 music throughout most of the film.

    make a sequel to redeem yourself!

  6. Well I’m not going to be near as critical of the film. I personally think you did a fantastic job. It is clear you are a fan of parts 6 & 7 and you pay a nice homage to both films. I think the acting was really good. Ralph was better than I thought he would be, I just have a hard time replacing the old Ralph but I give the actor credit he made his own version of the character and pulled it off pretty darn good. Especially in the scene at the old store. All in all one of the better fan films from the F13 series. Well done

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  8. I agree with Tony. This was one of the better fan films, and I would personally like to thank Southlan Films for a job well done. I would like to compare with the late “Legends” fan film that was made in 2004. Very so often does a great team come together with a Director (that is totally dedicated and that really cares about the project) to make sure a great film. I would like to purchase this film from the Director and just wanted again to say GREAT JOB!!! :) Let’s make a sequel!!!
    P.S. TO ALL THE HATERS. Don’t sit here, watch the film and then be so critical about every technical aspect that you thought was wrong. Me as a first time Director myself, we do the best we can with what we have to work with. We already understand when we made our movies that it was not going to please everyone. So, if you have nothing good to say then just thank us (for our effort) and go about your business!!!

  9. I love the ending. That was cool

  10. Awesome job!!!!…Love the classic mood of the film..keep them coming…

  11. It was one of the better fanfilms, but the music from Part VII really didn´t fit and was used too much.
    This could have easily worked as another sequjel-fanfilm and I didn´t like that young-Jason was rather normal and not a “special boy”, but that where just minor grapes. I kinda missed a chase-sequence in the finale.

    The Jasom costume, the setting, the kills and the way the story was told (as well as the inematography) where very good.

  12. I personally liked the way the original music was remixed and mixed in with the music from the films. Gave it a fresh sequel feel for sure. Nice work gents

  13. Very good I liked it alot.

  14. It’s a noble effort and I think every filmmaker goes through phases in wanting to make films like their heroes and to make fan films - with that said, is it really worth the time and effort to make a fan film rather than make an original, scary and effective horror film based off of ideas that are still scary? I have a problem with films like Hatchet because they take from the films that worked in the past (but don’t work today) and a film like Hatchet failed to be scary or effective. I think a really interesting way to do a Friday the 13th film would be with no mask (and have the mongoloid features) but make it different - maybe no killing of innocent counselors or people - perhaps a different direction because honestly, the series has run itself dry. Jason in a winter environment but in the woods at a camp would really be interesting, and maybe it should be so much about killing counselors. Maybe something within his mind that really shows how the mind of a mentally challenged kid thinks? Things like that will breathe some fresh air into the series. I still think the best films of the series are Part 1-4. And the reason I’m making these points is to help other filmmakers who are making fan films / starting out to think hard about the type of films you want to make. Also, I was once in those shoes of wanting to pay homage to the horror that I loved, so I made a zombie film back in 2005 to pay homage to George Romero - the film was good practice but it wasn’t groundbreaking - my believe is that with horror we can really make such amazing cinema, but we need to have the right mindset.

    All in all Critic, keep on working hard and make movies as long as you love it and as long as you want to make new cinema that will bring horror back. These fan films can be good practice - you have some experience under your belt. Keep on making films, but be sure to make them original and be sure to take from life lessons and situations. I’m learning that more and more every time I sit down and write out a film. If you really desire horror films, for future projects do not copy whats been done. That’s my best advice to you and any other young filmmaker. I myself am 28 years of age and still learning, so those are my “words of wisdom” from someone who has made a lot of independent films - keep on working hard and never listen to the critics. Keep up the good work and always remember - do it because you love it and never buy into having to make a film on todays standards because horror films and music today are failing at being anygood. Keep your head up, looking forward to your next film.

  15. And I just noticed that “Critic” might not be the Director of this film, but regardless of that, this type of advice is GOLD for anyone starting out making films. I wish I knew these things when I started out a few year back - it will always be an ongoing process of hard work, determination and learning more about yourself and about your art.

  16. Thanks for all the comments guys. Mr Goldberg I have been making films for well over a decade and I find it very relaxing making fun films like Man in the lake, and that’s all it is supposed to be is a fun film. No long drawn out overly thought through story, just a simple plot with our favorite killer yet on the lose again. I see where you are coming from though. For me I make fan films for one reason and one reason only. For the fun of doing it. Certainly not for the money. I have made many original pieces, and enjoyed making them all. Thanks for the comment everyone, I hope you had fun…watching the film.

  17. Looking forward to seeing your previous and upcoming film projects. Keep us posted.

  18. I loved it. I loved how professional it all looked. It didn’t have that “Made with a $50 Wal-Mart Camera” feel to it that all fan films seem to. The acting was actually quite good, compared to other fan films. Were they real actors? Not just friends?

    Either way, all-in-all, very enjoyable. I hope I win the DVD!

  19. I found it very enjoyable and better then most fan films ive seen, my only complaint is that it wasnt long enough!, but i understand the hard work you guys put into it, and dedication. I dig it! you guys did a good job!..hell call me crazy, but i found it had more of a friday the 13th feel to it, then the remake.

  20. Great film! Will we see a sequel?

  21. WOW!!!!!!!! Well done and fun to watch. You guys got to do a part 2!!! Does the girl die at the end???

  22. I’ve seen my share of fan films and this was the best one in my opinion. It was freakin’ awesome! I really enjoyed it and I will watch it again for sure. I liked everything about it. Thank you for making it and entertaining us.

  23. Damn that black haired chick was hot!!!! Love the flick — Great quality and please use that girl again

  24. Thanks for all the feed back. We really worked hard to give it a very authentic feel. I hope you found it entertaining and true to Jason lure! :) )))

  25. Damn that was pretty good. Better than other Fan Films i’ve seen. Like someone already said this movie had more a Jason/Friday the 13th movie feel to it, than the reboot. Good job guys. My only gripe is the use of the part 7 music… It was a little over used. But other than that I enjoyed it.

  26. Ya know I actually found myself getting into a fan film, I usually turn them off before I make it five minutes, but this one really kept me watching. Ir was very well made, not your run of the mill fan film

  27. Great Job!! Really goes back to the first 4 Fridays (which are my favorites) Keep up the good work!

  28. Haha I liked this alot. It was a good campy little film and Crazy Ralph was great. The kills were actually effective for what its worth. Kind of bummed that it wasn’t longer but thats usually the problem with fan films. It’s entirely face-value with little-to-no character development. Although I do admit Jason’s backstory was really well done and a fresh take on the story.

    All and all I liked it alot and you guys keep up the good work!

  29. This was pretty cool.

  30. Really loved it, gang! I wrote about it here:

  31. Freakin’ sweet job guys! Loved it!

  32. Great job, enjoyed it very much! That kill where the girl gets her head bashed in whith a rock was pretty graphic and original. Jason looked great. Great location too, really felt like camp crystal lake. Hope to see a sequel!

  33. That was pretty cool. The best fan film Ive seen so far. I wouldnt mind having that on DVD.

  34. I”m trying very hard to keep from watching this. I want a copy of this on dvd to watch on my tv at home. When can someone get hold of a copy?

  35. Awesome work!
    Loved the camp fire formula for telling the story. I agree with a previous poster the rock to the head kill was well done, both the actress and FX team were great. Enjoyed Ralph’s demise, nice throw back to Part 2 and of course the canoe towards the end with Jason jumping out of the lake, a nice throw back as well.
    Keep em coming!

  36. BADASS! Damn, fellas, that’s some amazing work. So awesome that you nailed down Jim Adams for that sheriff role-that man is a genius! I did a film with Jim several years ago and he was such a cool guy. Two big thumbs up from me, gentlemen, Sean Cunningham should be damn proud.

  37. The throwback to the original with Jason attacking the final girl in the canoe was nicely done! Good job guys :)

  38. this was so awesome, yall done an outstanding job on all the props and effects and sound, was such a chiling effect when jason would come up behind someone and grap them i like to jumped out of my britches, the only quirk that i have is that it want be at the theaters this movie would get so many good reviews you have your scary moments your sad moments and thrilling and i was sayin its awesome all the characters done such a wonderful job I commends each and everyone of them. and not be preduice or nuttin but the popstop store (not just its the store i grew up going to ahha) made a outstanding setup..perfect and the short little woman at the counter laughing with that gory laugh just set the whole thing off..congrats to all and all i can say is TWO THUMBS UP….

  39. awesome job,some scary moments made me jump back in my seat.

  40. awesome job. Fun film.

    Love the slo mo scene of Jason jumping out of the lake.

    Hopefully I can get on DVD someday.

  41. “search called of for lost hikers”???? Spell check on the “of”!! OOPS!! Otherwise…AWESOME!!!

  42. Great job! I liked the effort that was put into this. I enjoyed it. I haven’t enjoyed a good fan film since Batman:Dead End. I hope you make sequels. If I could change one thing on Jason, it’s the hair. Too fake looking. Otherwise, he looked cool. I’d love to see the old camera angle where you see just the machete. Have a little more build up to see Jason.
    Hey Goldberg, are you serious? Change the story, Jason with no mask? Why don’t we change his name too. Have him drive a car, or maybe even talk….gimme a break. Jason has been established to be his own character and that’s who we all know him as. It’s ideas like yours that pave way for movies like H2. Look how good that one turned out.

  43. evilekim, let’s be honest with the remake in 2009 - it brought nothing but mediocrity and a boring, generic storyline to the table. Same with Freddy vs. Jason - the nu-metal type of music, the horrible cinematography, the horrible look of Jason, etc. These so-called “writers” of the last two films have lost an understanding of how good horror films can be if they don’t copy what’s been done before. Cinema goers are want scary horror again and some, including myself want to see something fresh and unique. Make Jason scary again by not making it generic and typical. That’s the point. The films NEED to be FRESH again.

  44. that was sick i will admit a few things i was not happy with but for the most part great job

  45. Scott, I agree with some of your points. I think that the remake should’ve gave us a little more mystery and a better score,but changing Jason too much kills the character. I think it would’ve been cool if they didn’t show him much until the end. Like they did in the originals. It scary when we don’t know what to expect. Guess it gets down to having better writers.

  46. Having conceived the story of THE MAN IN THE LAKE (MITL) with producer/director Ron McLellen it was a mandate that this film be open to a lot more improvisation than any of his previous films. Due to the overwhelmingly good response to our previous fan film RETURN OF THE SANDMAN, MITL was designed to allow for a lot of on the fly filming as he wanted to go for broke on his second fan film. When we did our first fan film it was a fluke and we didn’t see much coming from it but then fans of that film wanted us to do another and hence MITL was born but it was made with the fans in mind so it’s a little more fun, a little more bloody, and pays homage to the series as a whole.

    Of course it has it’s problems (what fan film on a no-budget doesn’t?) but due to the hard work of the cast and crew (which are all professional) we wanted to give fans a more polished and refined fan film with higher production values and better deaths than other fan films (we know because we watched a whole lot of them). This is just a warm up for things to come for Fan Art Films and Southlan-Films because in the middle of our regular original features and shorts there will be more fan films “For the Fans.”

    These films are fun and exciting to make and remind us horror fans why we got into horror in the first place. They also allow us to make the films with the characters that we wanted to see when we were growing up. On tap in the future for us is a sequel to our first fan film REVENGE OF THE SANDMAN including talks for a TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD fan film, so, keep your eyes peeled for these upcoming projects.

  47. Kevin & Ron after watching the film twice here are some notes… First is what most people have said already, the sound track. Honestly you could have purchased the soundtrack on Amazon and not used it from the actual film which I can tell you did. It really takes away from the film and it looks like you really didn’t try. Second the camera work was a mixed sometimes it was good and sometimes it was not, make the camera part of the story telling not just a tool to shoot the story. The use of the tripod when panning made the camera jump and really took you out of the film. Third setting up your shots, watch you framing because most of the time it was off. I didn’t care for the tree behind the Sheriff while he talked to the kids at the camp. Your eye was focus on that instead of the actors. Forth Editing which was also a mixed bag, sometimes it was good, sometimes not, if you got a bad shot, cut away faster or just reshoot it. Fifth Lighting, I know lighting is a pain for low budget, but it is really something that was needed here in the night scenes, you could have set up a better mood with good lighting. Now using the XL2 with just one lens is a waste of the camera. Purchase a 3X wide angle lens when you can it will help you with the group shots and shots in tight places. And finally the story… Here is my grip with most fan films, you did the same thing with your Halloween one as well. COPYING whats been done already… Honestly I’d raither watch the original then. In both your Halloween and Friday fan films there was nothing there that you did that did not come from the original films. Challenge your self in making something that has not been done before. You guys have the talent, its there… Its okay to pay homage to the film with a little hit of what was done. But not just copy, word for word or kill for kill…

    Now for the good, the JASON A++, the ACTING C++, the SOUND B++(Not FX sound which you took from the film just the regular stuff)Don’t fall back on the excuss that it is low budget film or a fan film, just prep more and purchase more gear if you need it. You cut some corners here and it really hurt the film. However it is one of the better fan film released in a while. It gives Legends a run for its money, so good job guys. C+

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