In the no-budget indie Lake Fear, a quartet of faceless young women, distinguished only by something they own or wear (Girl Who Drives a Mustang, Girl Wearing Cat Ears), win a trip to a cabin in the woods , which is decorated with items apparently purchased from Bed Bath and Cursed Object. There’s a creepy old doll, a TV that only plays scrambled images, and of course, a tape recording of a goofy professor muttering about evil spirits. That’s the cue for a bevy of demonic figures that first terrify and then possess the cabin’s guests, who then attack each other with various power tools and sharp objects.
Say what you will about Lake Fear and director/cameraman/editor/Monster 2 Michael Crum – it’s haphazardly made, it seems overly interested in seeing its female cast go swimming, it has a soundtrack that’s so What’s cacophonous is that it actually drowns out dialogue — but Crum and brother Gerald (who wrote the film) spend a lot of time referencing their favorite horror films in their image. “Evil Dead” is the most cited for what has to do with the booth, the tape recorder, the blood-covered characters, and the frantic pace.
It’s likely they’ll love Evil Dead II too, since Lake Fear is billed as a comedy, although it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly which parts are meant to be (deliberately) funny. That level of enthusiasm can hit your horror sweet spot, especially if you’re forgiving of technical flaws; If so, is there a Lake Fear 2 that is unrelated to the first film that clearly prompted the Crums to make Lake Fear 3.