Lake Runs Red

OCTOBER 26TH, 2016 @ 7:00PM + 10:45PM CT

Key art by: Jeff Fuller


Horror Comes Home

Official Short Synopsis

Two college seniors travel to their parent's secluded northern Minnesota lake cabin to prepare for final exams. An uninvited visitor stops by. He isn't there to study.

Official Long Synopsis

Red Ratio Entertainment, LLC presents “LAKE RUNS RED,” the debut feature film from independent horror filmmaker Jason Riesgraf.

Examining the themes of rejection and choices, ”Lake Runs Red” triumphantly presents a new brand of  horror entertainment, uniquely blending the disparate genres of psychological thriller with slasher and home-invasion horror into one contemporary package. “Lake Runs Red” explores the boundaries of experimental independent filmmaking with risk taking editing and a unique storytelling platform.

Two college seniors, Lauren (Kaci Wegleitner) and Melissa (Lauren Morris), are on the verge of final exams prior to graduation. The girls decide to embark on a last minute road trip to Lauren’s parents’ secluded northern Minnesota lake cabin to get away from the non-stop party culture of their college campus. While there, Lauren reignites her uncomfortably close relationship with her father Paul (Michael Hertenstein) and finds herself at odds with her emotionally distant mother Gwen (Helene Donohue). Meanwhile, Melissa is presented with intense circumstances which challenge her resolve and sense of self. 

Along the way, Lauren and Melissa are followed by a deeply disturbed and mercurial stranger named Bruce (CJ DeVaan), who mysteriously shows up at Paul and Gwen’s isolated lake home, uninvited. Bruce carries unsavory and disgusting information that he violently forces upon the family with sadistic authority.

Directed by Jason Riesgraf, written by Jason Riesgraf & J. Dan Moores, and produced by Jason Riesgraf, Jeff Fuller, J. Dan Moores, and Stephanie Riesgraf. “Lake Runs Red” stars Kaci Wegleitner, Lauren Morris, Michael Hertenstein, Helene Donohue, Troy Antoine LaFaye, Peter Ivanov, and C.J. DeVaan.

This highly anticipated horror experience is a proudly independent feature film, written, produced, edited, and photographed on location exclusively in Minnesota. 


Horror, Home-invasion, Psychological Thriller, Slasher Film, Psychological Horror, Crime Thriller, Experimental Art Film, Indie Film

Festival Recognition

Twin Cities Film Festival Official Selection, October 26th, 2016

Filmed On Location

Photographed exclusively in Minnesota, in the cities of: 

Afton, MN
Aitkin, MN
Albertville, MN
Duluth, MN
Gooseberry Falls, MN
Irontin, MN
Minneapolis, MN
Palisade Head, MN
St. Paul, MN
Two Harbors, MN


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