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Film shot on Sacandaga out soon

September 30, 2012
The Leader Herald

MAYFIELD - Chicago-based Dark Sky Films has announced that "Hypothermia," a horror film that was filmed on the Great Sacandaga Lake and elsewhere in the area, will be released on DVD this Tuesday.

The film, which stars Michael Rooker of "The Walking Dead" fame, also was shot in part at the home of the Penge family at Mayfield Lake and at the former Jewish Community Center in Gloversville.

"I can't wait to see the movie," Lisa Penge said in February 2010, when the filming took place. "We're probably not going to recognize it [the house]. They changed everything around and covered the windows."

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Written and directed by James Felix McKenney, "Hypothermia" is set on the frozen Lake Noyade during a fierce Maine winter.

The film details a chilling story of two families whose backgrounds and personalities clash but eventually unite while coping with a series of vicious attacks by a monster living beneath the ice on the frozen lake.

Rooker, also known for his roles in movies such as "Jumper," "Mallrats," "JFK," "Days of Thunder," "Mississippi Burning"?and "Tombstone," plays the protagonist, Ray Pelletier.

The film also stars Blanche Baker of "Sixteen Candles" and HBO's "Taking Chance," Greg Finley of "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," and three of McKenney's regular stars, Don Wood, Ben Forster and Amy Chang.

"The monster represents the unpredictability of nature," McKenney told The Leader-Herald in 2010.

The DVD?is available online at and at retailers such as, which has it for sale at about $15 per copy.



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