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The House Across The Lake

Film Information

Plot: An author's plan to hide out in a quiet bungalow and thrash out his new novel is disrupted by a party across the lake, where he discovers that the lady of the house will do anything to get what she wants.
Release Date: 13th June.
Format: Blu-ray.
Director(s): Ken Hughes.
Cast: Hillary Brooke, Sid James, Alex Nicol, Susan Stephen, Joan Hickson, Paul Carpenter, Alan Wheatley.
BBFC Certificate: PG.
Running Time: 69 mins.
Country Of Origin: UK.
Language: English.
Review By: Paula Hammond
Film Rating


Bottom Line

A cracking Brit Noir.

Posted June 6, 2022 by

Film Review

Sometimes you stumble across a film from a well known studio that, despite all the late-night film festivals and boxset binging, you’ve somehow missed. The House Across The Lake is that film. Released by Hammer Films just a year before they made their name with The Quatermass Xperiment, the studio later became known for their horror output, and somehow, this cracking Brit Noir got lost in the mix.

Network’s latest release gives fans the opportunity to revisit a vintage classic that hits all the Noir beats, and throws in a few surprises for good measure.

Author Mark Kenrick’s plan to hide out in a quiet bungalow and thrash out his new novel is disrupted by the noise coming from a lively party at an exclusive home across the lake from his retreat. He is shocked to find the lady of the house both calculating and manipulative… and learns the hard way just how far she will go to get what she wants!

American screen siren Hillary Brooke—better known for her superb appearances alongside Basil Rathbone’s Sherlock Holmes— plays the consummate femme fatale with style and a steely chill. Alex Nicol does solid work as the guy caught in her web of deceit. But it’s Sid James, playing it absolutely straight, who steals every scene he’s in.

The House Across the Lake is featured here as a brand new High Definition remaster from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio.

Special features include:

• Theatrical trailer.

• Alternate Titles. 

• The House Across the Thames: interview with Continuity Supervisor Renee Glynne. 

• The Dame Wore Tweed: Barry Forshaw examines Brit Noir.

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email:


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