An award winning film that was filmed at “Green Lake” in the Puna District of the Big Island of Hawaii is now available online:
GREEN LAKE draws inspiration not only from the beauty and mysticism of Hawaii, but also from B-horror/monster movies, The Twilight Zone and The X-Files. It’s a micro-budget Creature from the Black Lagoon meets Picnic at Hanging Rock.
DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT – Derek Frey
I am fascinated with the supernatural aspect to Hawai’i and the tales found in Glen Grant’s Obake Files. I also love horror films and in 2010 created a short on the Big Island: The Curse of the Sacred Stone. It was a horror/comedy that lightly depicted the implications of disturbing sacred land when an unsuspecting tourist removes a lava rock from a sacred site.
I still felt the impulse to create more of a straightforward horror film on the Big Island. Since my first visit to Hawai’i in 2001, I had heard about Green Lake, an unspoiled fresh body of water located in a crater within a mountainous rainforest in Kapoho. Green Lake is the larger of only two lakes in Hawaii. Allegedly Jacques Cousteau conducted a diving expedition in the 1970’s and couldn’t find the bottom. We don’t know if this is true, but one thing is certain, the towering walls of the crater make the lake seem bottomless. Discussion of Green Lake is almost one of urban legend. The fact is many people who live in Hawai’i have never visited the lake, though the land manager is very inviting and enthusiastic about the lake and its surrounding land.
My first visit to Green Lake, a few years ago, was incredibly inspiring. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. Accompanying that beauty is a deep and powerful mystical vibe. This place demands that you respect it and it feels like there are protective energies present. During that initial visit a group of us ventured onto the lake via a small paddleboat and our first jump into the water was met with excitement, exhilaration and downright fear. The water is dark and though we know there are no snakes or other predators to fear in Hawai’i it certainly feels as though something lurks below.
From that visit the seed for a film was firmly established and I returned the next year with the Green Lake script in hand. Thus began a grueling 9 day shoot, pulling upon friends from the Big Island I’ve made over the years to play the roles and double as crew. Our core group of 6 played multiple roles in front of and behind the camera, weathering the elements, without sleep to the point of exhaustion and mental breakdown – all for the sake of creating. Green Lake was my mini-Apocalypse Now. It was the most challenging shoot I’ve ever been part of but also the most rewarding and I’m so proud of the result. Green Lake is more than your typical horror film, it’s a warning to everyone that we must maintain our balance with and respect nature, or face the consequences.
A special mention must be expressed to the wonderful music that accompanies the film. Big Island bands Technical Difficulties and Delight Talkies provide songs written specifically for the film. Matthew Reid’s terrific original score is more than I could have ever hoped for.
Enjoy the swim and remember “Horror Dwells Deep”!
American Grindhouse Film Festival
Best Cult Creature
Big Island Film Festival
Bloodstained Indie Film Festival
Crimson Screen Film Festival
Nom: Best Short, Director
Dazed 4 Horror
Best Shorts Competition
Diabolical Horror Film Festival
Nom: Best Short
Fright Night Film Festival
Grindhouse Planet Film Festival
Harrisburg-Hershey Film Festival
Hollywood & Beyond Film Festival
Best Short Film
Hollywood Horror Fest
Hollywood Intl Moving Pictures Film Festival
Best Director, Short, Score, Editing, Sound
Honolulu Film Awards
Gold Kahuna Award: Best Short
Horror Hotel Film Festival
Hot Springs Intl Horror Film Festival
Best Short, Score, Sound, Editing, Leading Actress, Song, Makeup, Cinematography
The Indie Horror Film Festival
Lake View Intl Film Festival
LA Shorts Awards
Best of the Fest, Director, Cinematography, Actress, Makeup, Screenplay, Lighting
Nom: Best Score, Song
LA Horror Comp.
Best Short, Director, Score, Actress, Lighting, Cinematography
LA Independent Film Festival Awards
Best Horror, Original Song
Motor City Nightmares Intl Film Festival
NEPA Horror Film Festival
NYC Indie Film Awards
Best Short, Director, Actress, Cinematography, Score, Editing
Prague Independent Film Festival
Nom: Best Short, Horror
RIP Horror Film Festival
Nom: Best Short, Cinematography, Score
Roswell Film Festival
Nom: Best Cinematography
Russian Intl Horror Film Awards
Scare-A-Con Film Festival
Shiver Intl Film Festival
Best Cult/Weird/Experimental Film, Creature
Spotlight Horror Film Awards
StarGate Galactic Intl Sci-Fi Fantasy & Horror Film Festival
Swapping Dead Film Festival
Taupo Halloween Film Festival
Terror Film Festival
Nom: Score, Editing, Screenplay
United Intl Film Festival
Award of Merit