Lake Placid Legacy (2018)

IMDB: [R] Legacy finds the team of young explorers out to reveal the secrets of an area removed from modern day maps and hidden behind electric fences. However, once they reach the center of the lake, they discover an island that harbors an abandoned facility with a horrific legacy: the island is home to a deadly predator eager to feast on those dumb enough to ignore the warnings. But before they can turn back, our hapless heroes get dragged into a battle for their lives — and will need to work together if they hope to survive.
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Rating: [5] 💚💚💚💚💚🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Obviously we know what we’re getting into with a creature feature with such a long legacy. (See what I did there?) Honestly, you could have called it Facility by Lake Placid because that’s where the bulk of it takes place. Anyway, as I’ve said, I rate things within their genre and what the movie is going for or what I expected. I don’t compare to all movies of all time. But for me, this was pretty meh. 

What I Loved:
Okay, so for a movie that I’ve rated so low, the dialogue was pretty good! The acting was also better than expected. They were even quite self aware and the writing of conversations felt more realistic to the youths. The quality of the film is nice as well. These are all things that could have been really bad, but I even chuckled at a few lines!

What I Didn’t Love:
This just wasn’t fun. I’d like to point you to my recent review of The Meg. THAT is a fun, recent creature feature. Most of this takes place in a facility and there isn’t much going on through the whole thing. The creature doesn’t show up much, and when it does it’s not great. The CGI isn’t awesome, which felt out of place is such a crisp film otherwise. Plus it just acts according to convenience for the plot. There’s no sense of excitement or big fight sets.

Strobe Count: 1.5 There’s a couple moments that I had to squint at bright lights and one set of slower strobing that wasn’t TOO bad, but still more than I want.

Quote:
“Why did Frankenstein make a monster out of dead people? To play God.”

Trope:
Ouch My Ankle! – Injuries cause stumbling blocks to escape.

Spoilers: Click to Reveal

Not much to spoil! We guessed which guy would die first. But also the two minority characters die pretty early which is a pretty large injustice. They were the most built characters with some good backstory, dialogue, and acting. I really wish in 2018 we would be over that aspect of creature features and horror.

They already point out that there’s at least two creatures but then there’s the whole “yay we got out and killed it” scene then up pops a second creature behind them as it fades to black. Like, of course. But we also already knew that there was more than one although I don’t the two characters escaping knew.