The Lake (1981)

UK, 1977
35mm film, colour
mono, English

A short British horror film directed by Lindsay Vickers who made the film after a planned project titled Prey (no relation to the Norman J. Warren film of the same name) fell through 1Screen International no.150 (5 August 1978) p.5

Plot Summary

Barbara and Tony are a young couple whose lakeside picnic near an old abandoned house ends in tragedy when the haunting spirit of a dead family murderer comes looking for blood.


Director: Lindsay Vickers
Producer: Christopher B. Warburton
Script: Lindsay Vickers
Director of Photography: Norman Warwick
Editor: Lindsey C. Vickers
Sound Recording: Bob Cox
Make-up: Penny Bell

Julie Peasgood (Barbara)
Gene Foad (Tony)
Condor (the dog)

Production Notes


The film was budgeted at approximately £28,000 and shot in 11 days.



  • Films and Filming vol.26 no.9 (June 1980) pp.29-30 – credits, review
  • Screen International no.150 (5 August 1978) p.5 – note (Showing what they can do)
  • Screen International no.251 (26 July-2 August 1980) p.7 – article (‘Python' tightens grip on Eady)


  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.273
  • Ten Years of Terror: British Films of the 1970s p.316 by Harvey Fenton and David Flint (eds.) – short review (by Dave Flint)

Other sources

  • British Board of Film Censors Monthly Report February 1978 p.24 – note
  • BFI Southbank Guide June 2012 p.11 – illustrated listing