Rana: The Legend of Shadow Lake (1981)

USA, 1981
35mm film, colour
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Bill Rebane.

Plot Summary

11 year old Kelly Morgan is horrified when he sees the lake-dwelling half man/half frog creature Rana kill his father. Now as an adult he returns to search for the monster’s hidden treasure – but is the monster as dead as Kelly thinks it is?


Directed by: Bill Rebane
Copyright: Galaxy One Productions MCMLXXXI [1981]
Executive Producers: Joost Van Oosterum and Larry Dreyfus
Produced by: Bill Rebane and Jerry Gregoris
Associate Producers: Jochen Breitenstein and Cheri Caffaro
Screenplay by: Lyoma Denetz, Jerry Gregoris, Mike Landers
Director of Photography: Ito [real name: Bill Rebane]
Editor: Bill Rebane
Music: Valentino Inc
Sound: Bruce Malm
Wardrobe & Costume: Jutta Boettcher
Makeup & Special Effects Makeup: Tom Schwartz
Special Effects by: Spectacular Effects of Atlanta, Georgia, Vern Hyde, Robert Bass
Production Design by: Will McCrow
Rana Design by: Tom Schwartz
Filmed entirely at the facilities of Titan Studios, Gleason, Wisconsin

Karen McDiarmid (Elli)
Alan Ross (John)
Brad Ellingson (Kelly Jr)
Julie Wheaton (Susan)
Glenn Scherer (Kelly Sr)
Doreen Moze (Chris)
Jerry Gregoris as Charlie
Jim Iaquinta (Burley)
Bruno Aclin [real name: Bruno Alexander] (Cal)
Michael J. Skewes (Mike)
Paul Callaway and Richard Lange (Rana)
Lorry Getz (Sorenson)
Angel Rebane (baby Rana)

Alternative Titles

Croaked: Frog Monster from Hell
Rana – Hüter des blutigen Schatzes – West Germany
Rana: La leyenda del lago de las sombras – Spain
Rana: The Creature from Shadow Lake – UK (video)
Varjojärven legenda – Finland



  • Nightmare USA by Stephen Thrower pp.493; 516 – illustrated credits, review; note
  • Regional Horror Films, 1958-1990 by Brian Albright p.319