A nature-phobic scientist, a Fish and Game Warden, a sheriff and an eccentric mythology professor converge near a remote lake in Maine to investigate a gruesome fatality. Their adventure, laced with humor and terror, leads to a shocking secret that waits underneath the anything-but-placid waters. The only evidence in the watery death is a large, seemingly prehistoric tooth found at the scene. Intrigued by the discovery, yet smarting from a recently botched office romance, an emotionally fragile paleontologist, Kelly Scott is reluctantly dispatched for her first real field assignment. Scott's big-city manner and obvious distaste for the great outdoors is a constant irritant to the man in charge of the inquest, Fish and Game Warden Jack Wells, who would prefer not to be burdened with her help. Also on the scene is the irascible, overly sensitive sheriff Hank Keough, who would like nothing more than to find the predator and blow its head off. Landing unannounced in the middle of the action is the rich, eccentric mythology professor Hector Cyr (Oliver Platt), who steamrolls the team into trying to capture and preserve the elusive creature that appears to be lurking nearby. An exhaustive search leads them to the only full-time resident on the lake, a scatter-brained old woman, Mrs. Bickerman, who withholds information surrounding the mysterious disappearance of her husband and some of her missing livestock. But it isn't long before the lake's incredible secret is revealed to all.
Part of: Lake Placid Collection
Lake Placid is an American series of monster horror/comedy films created by David E. Kelley. It is a campy throwback to the old creature features. Produced and distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, the series began with Lake Placid (1999) directed by Steve Miner. This was followed by five television sequels, Lake Placid 2 (2007) directed by David Flores, Lake Placid 3 (2010) directed by Griff Furst, Lake Placid: The Final Chapter (2012) directed by Don Michael Paul, Lake Placid vs. Anaconda (2015) directed by A. B. Stone and being a crossover with the Anaconda series, and Lake Placid: Legacy (2018) directed by Darrell Roodt. Each installment revolves around the presence of giant, 30-foot-long man-eating crocodiles in the fictional location of Black Lake, Maine, and the efforts of various groups to capture or destroy the creatures. All of the films reference members of the fictitious "Bickerman" family.