Alex Winter, one of the two (either Bill or Ted; I forgot which) guys from the Bill and Ted movies, is a director as well and this, his second film, is a strong entry in the film noir canon. Here he has Henry Thomas as a semi-starving artist who has problems coping with reality, big-time. His life is compounded by his landlord, a big Polish guy, who is not the friendliest person in the world, and, later, by a detective played by Bill Duke (another actor-director), as well as by his father who, years before, did something terrible to his mother.
Normalcy in the film is represented by Terri Hatcher, playing the sister of the artist, but just as creepy and weird is the artist's upstairs neighbor, played by Irish actor David O'Hara, who gives his character some truly memorable lines, making him someone you probably would not want to meet in a dark alley.
When two people--related to each other--are murdered in the course of the film, the viewer is left guessing as to the identity of the killer. This may sound like a relatively typical murder mystery film; it's anything but that. The artist has nightmares/hallucinations that spill over into reality and director Winter does a great job establishing the dark-as-night connections between what's real and what is maybe not real...or maybe it is.
A unique film that should be seen by film noir buffs, Fever is the work of a mature artist. I'm glad I have it in my DVD library.