Mention Lake Placid and some people think of the 1999 horror film of the same name. The movie is classified as a monster horror comedy action thriller directed by Steve Miner.
The film franchise is actually not based on the area of Lake Placid, but a fictional location called Black lake in Maine.
The premise is centered on a gigantic man-eating saltwater crocodile that stretches to about 30 feet. The humongous beast wreaks havoc on the locals, and a group of “heroes” try very hard to either catch or kill it.
As most horror movie plots go, the beast is defeated, but the threat still looms. The classic plot twist is revealed at the end where one of the characters is feeding many baby crocodiles.
The film is not considered a classic on mainstream media. You can visit the actual Lake Placid by finding a lake placid vacation rental, and I can guarantee that no such monsters exist there.
Heroes, on the other hand, are a whole different story with a movie of its own. This time, it’s based on the real-life location of Lake Placid.
A Miracle on Ice
The 2004 sports docu-drama called Miracle revolves around the US men’s ice hockey national team. Their coach, played by Kurt Russell, took the team to victory in the 1980 Winter Olympics where they won the gold medal.
The phrase “Miracle on Ice” was coined after the American Team won over their Soviet counterparts. This was highly unexpected since the previous team had more experience and were, in fact, referred to as professionals. The rookie American team beat the odds to win the gold medals.
The film had some historical inaccuracies but the events, as depicted, mostly happened. The 1981 show titled “Miracle on Ice” had a better time bringing the actual events that happened to the big screen.
The docu-drama was directed by Steven Hillard Stern, who had footage from the game shown in the movie. The commentary was also from the same ABC broadcaster that aired during the games. No matter how the events were depicted, the win was a historic moment.
The Real-life Lake Placid
The area bears one of America’s first winter resort destinations. The natural terrain is comprised of mountainous regions covered by forests. The three lakes found in it are the Tri-Lake region.
Lake Placid, Tupper Lake, and Saranac Lake are scenic areas that the movies simply do not adequately capture. People should see it for themselves and view it in awe.
Lake Placid gives its visitors a chance to relive the epic onscreen moments. Not from the horror film but the other two releases on the 1980 Winter Olympic Games.
The sporting facilities present are accessed by vacationers and locals. The extensive skiing trails lead throughout the area for that holistic adventure. Plus, you can visit the Miracle on Ice (Herb Brooks) Arena named after the coach of that famous 1980 hockey team.
Over there, you can revel in the ambiance of that historical moment and skate where the legends once did.