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Animal Planet (US) to premiere ‘Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys’

Animal Planet to premiere 'Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys'

Animal Planet have teamed up with infamous studio The Asylum to bring us Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys, directed by James Cullen Bressack, and premiering as part of the US network’s third annual “Monster Week” programming block.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.

The two-hour scripted movie stars Shannen Doherty (“Beverly Hills, 90210”), Christopher Lloyd (“Back to the Future”) and Jason Brooks (“Days of Our Lives”), and is directed by James Cullen Bressack (“Pernicious”). Doherty and company battle lampreys — eel-like fish with huge teeth and funnel-shaped mouths — after they slide their way into the city’s sewer system and start terrorizing the residents of a small Michigan town.

Brooks plays Michael, a fish and wildlife expert who moves to the town with his wife, Cate (Doherty), after being summoned by the town mayor, Akerman (Lloyd), to help deal with its attacking fish problem. (“River Monsters” star Jeremy Wade also makes a cameo.)

Animal Planet to premiere 'Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys'

But with these blood-suckers on the loose, the town’s residents quickly learn that a casual dip in the pool or routine trip to the toilet can turn deadly as the lampreys hunt for their next victim.

The logline states, “There is absolutely nowhere to run, and no one is safe.”

“Blood Lake” will premiere on Sunday, May 25 (in the United States) as part of the network’s third annual “Monster Week” (actually nine days long) programming block.

Other Monster Week specials include “Man-Eating Zombie Cats” — about big cats with a thirst for human blood — and a quest to find a giant crocodile tormenting a village in “Nature’s Most Wanted.”

Ken Wynne