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Disaster Porn Saturday Night: Fire from Below

Dr. Karen Watkins (Maeghan Albach) and Jake Denning (Kevin Sorbo) test for something, while Col. Fielding (Tom Luce) waits for the results

Dr. Karen Watkins (Maeghan Albach) and Jake Denning (Kevin Sorbo) test for something, while Col. Fielding (Tom Luce) waits for the results

The main line with big corporations is profit over people, and Drake Industries is no exception. Even with a potential whistle blower.

When Taylor Drake's (Matthew Tompkins) miners discover a huge (we're talking REALLY huge) vein of Lithium, he puts his workers in danger as he demands around the clock reports and wants the lode now. Greed is his operative as he's set up military accounts and tells his right hand woman Reign Palmer (Alex Meneses) that they're going to be rich. Not just rich, but RICH!

After not hearing from the mining supervisor, he sends Reign to the site and when she gets there, no one is to be found. Well, she does come across the ashes of receptionist Sara (Patti Crawford) near the entrance of the mine.

Somewhere on the other side of the state, Jake Denning (Kevin Sorbo) and his betrothed, Karen Watkins (Maeghan Albach) are headed to Lost Lake for a couple of days. Lost Lake holds special memories for Jake since it's where he and his father would go fishing.

Well, he doesn't know where he's going (probably because he's busy talking with his co-workers while he's driving) and Karen suggests he pull over and get directions. Being a smart aleck, he tells her that "it's a law that men don't ask for directions" and they both chuckle as he pulls up to two kids and asks.

The one kid has never heard of the place (it's right outside of town) and he says that the sheriff would be the best person to ask. When Jake asks where he could find him, he points over to the diner, since he's at lunch.

Jake wonders why he's having lunch before noon and the kid tells him everyone eats lunch early. After another chuckle, they find a parking spot and go inside where indeed, Sheriff Griffith (James Hampton) is indeed having lunch.

Sheriff Griffith recognizes Jake's last name and Jake catches him up on his father and is given a map that he drew up for people. Thankfully, Sue, the waitress, carries a few with her in her apron. Sue is always at the ready.

Thankfully, the happy couple come upon Lost Lake and within two seconds, Karen says that they should buy a cabin here. That's before she falls into the lake and a dead man floats to the surface.

Before calling in the burned dead floater (Jake at least removed his body from the lake and covered it with a tarp) Jake explains to Karen that something odd is going on. He pulled a board from the dock and with one side charred, he suspects that it came from the water.

Hours later, they go back to the town and it's a virtual ghost town, yet they smell rotten eggs and an eerie fog. They go back into the diner and find a couple of dead bodies (Jake deduces that they haven't been dead long, since the hamburgers are still frying and Karen tells him that the coffee is still hot). They'd make great detectives.

Meanwhile, a couple at the lake are about to get busy and when he gets out to "water the plants" he explodes after these little fairy sparks ignite his urine.

His girlfriend screams and gets back into the truck as the lake shoots flames. Of course something in the bed catches on fire and while at a stop sign, Reign sees the girl crash into a ditch.

When she finally gets in touch with Drake she tells him about the townspeople and he already has everything under control. He tells her that she had better be at an important meeting in the morning (considering that he's in Las Vegas).

The next morning, Jake's team arrives (GiGi Erneta and Kelly O'Neil Jackson) and along with Colonel Fielding (Tom Luce) and Master Sergeant Phillips (Mike Kirton) the group head to Lost Lake where plumes of smoke and fire shoot up from below.

With extreme seismic activity, everyone runs toward their vehicles, but the ground opens up swallowing Toni, Mickey and Sgt. Phillips. After the hole closes, the trio are trapped in a cavern.

Karen and Jake are called to Washington, where Reign meets them so that they can all discuss their findings. But, Karen didn't know that Reign and Jake were once an item, which causes tension.

When Jake figures everything out, everyone heads back to the mine where they'll plant some explosives and hopefully rescue the crew in the scenic caverns.

It's also good to know that anchorman Todd Moiyer (Andrew Stevens) provides commentary because you'll never know what's going on since he's getting his information from the helicopters and he's the first to announce the fact that the dam could break due to the hot water.

This is one hot mess that had two directors (Stevens and Jim Wynorski) and three writers (Stevens, Wynorski and William Langlois) plus a fireball that looks like a rope of sperm going after its target.

I was surprised though that Wynorski didn't include stock footage from 1982's The Slumberparty Massacre which has been a staple in his horror movies. I'm not sure if it would have helped, but, there's no helping this movie.

It's as though they've taken every disaster movie and used elements from each, but in the end, I was rooting for the fireball to take out the camera.

Unfortunately, it was CGI'd.

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