Fever Lake (1996) is a horror film starring Corey Haim, Mario Lopez, and Bo Hopkins. Unfortunately, this is one of the films that marked the downslide in Haim's acting career. I have always been a fan of his movies up to a certain point, my favourites being Silver Bullet (1985), Lucas (1986), The Lost Boys (1987), and Watchers (1988); he made a handful of other fairly good films, including Secret Admirer (1985) and Dream A Little Dream (1989). The 1990s were not kind to Haim and he never fulfilled his early promise. This brings me to Fever Lake.
The plot is essentially the overused ''group of teenagers (including Haim and Lopez) visiting a lake in small town USA for a weekend of fun, are warned by the local sheriff (Bo Hopkins) to behave, and further warned by the local townspeople that the lake is cursed''. And guess what? They poke fun at the townsfolk and remain at the cabin by the lake. There are backwoods hicks, a local Indian called Clear Springs (Michael Wise), ghosts and spirits (including a wolf), a lot of fog, and some pretty wooden acting. The script is terrible.
It does, however, have a pretty good DVD jacket, which is why I purchased it ... that, and I had a little faith in a Haim horror from the mid-nineties. My advice, if you are thinking about purchasing this one, is don't spend more than 1p plus postage, unless you are a die-hard Corey Haim fan and collector of his films. There is a slightly better film out there from around the same time: Voodoo (1995) starring Corey Feldman and Jack Nance. There are worse films out there than Fever Lake, but this film is badly directed and edited, and the characters are mostly silly.
Corey Haim and Mario Lopez just about redeem this movie. However, the acting from Lauren Parker is truly painful to watch and Michael Wise's (Clear Springs) character is also one of the most annoying (acting-wise). Overall it was a struggle to watch all the way but the amount of bloopers made us stick with it just to see what the next editing error would be!
This movie is very much in the same style as What Lies Beneath and The Cruel Deep. What it lacks in Harrison Ford, it makes up with Corey Haim. Fans of the 80's classic vampire B-Movie will remember Haim as Sam, the squeaky voiced brother of Jason Patric. He hasn't really done anything of great worth since (eg Prayer of the Rollerboys, Dream A Little Dream) apart from maybe Watchers and License To Drive, but regardless of how poor the film, Corey Haim always delivers. This straight-to-video/dvd movie risks being lost in the ever-growing mass of low budget flops, but it really shouldn't. For all that a limited budget imposes on a film, this movie rises above to be a watchable, enjoyable thriller. Throw caution to the wind, get out your life-preserver and dive in to a good night's entertainment.