Wicked Lake

  • 2008
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Horror

Directed by music video veteran Zach Passero and scripted by Chris Sivertson and Alexander Rockoff, this low-budget rape-revenge/home invasion shocker pays homage to rural horror shows like THE HILLS HAVE EYES (1977) and I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (1978), then adds a supernatural twist. Mary (Carlee Baker), Jill (Eve Mauro), Helen (Eryn Joslyn) and Ilene (Robin...read more

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Directed by music video veteran Zach Passero and scripted by Chris Sivertson and Alexander Rockoff, this low-budget rape-revenge/home invasion shocker pays homage to rural horror shows like THE HILLS HAVE EYES (1977) and I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (1978), then adds a supernatural twist.

Mary (Carlee Baker), Jill (Eve Mauro), Helen (Eryn Joslyn) and Ilene (Robin Sydney) share a non-descript house in a medium-sized Texas city. Though their neighbors think they're just sexy college girls, they're actually lesbian witches -- and that's not the half of it. The four rent a cabin on Lake Wicked for a weekend get away, but they're going to have some unwelcome company. Deeply disturbed art student Caleb (Marc Senter) has developed a tortured crush on Ilene, who models nude for his art class. Caleb himself is harmless, but his family -- sociopathic brother, Palmer (Will Keenan, hiding behind the pseudonym "Damian DeKay"), mentally challenged brother Fred (Justin Stone) and crippled, embittered uncle Lord Jim (Frank Birney) – are, and in a fit of self-loathing weakness, Caleb leads them to the girls. The intruders humiliate and threaten to sexually abuse the weeping roommates, whose various efforts to escape are brutally thwarted. But Palmer and the others don't realize that when the clock strikes midnight, things are going to change…

Perhaps inspired by veteran exploitation filmmaker Jim Wynorski's axiom that blood and breasts are the cheapest special effects going, Passero, Sivertson and Rockoff's minimalist fright flick is gore drenched and full of nudity that could be called gratuitous were it not more than half the film's reason for existing. It's also unabashedly derivative, even lifting its nastiest set piece directly from the execrable THE INCREDIBLE TORTURE SHOW (1976), but to its credit doesn't hedge its bets with cheap laughs or self-referential jokes. And while the subplot involving a pair of homicide cops feels hopelessly tacked on, it's always nice to see Tim Thomerson; the same goes for Angela Bettis, who has a one-scene cameo as a mother at a gas station who crosses paths with the gore-gore girls.

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  • Released: 2008
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Directed by music video veteran Zach Passero and scripted by Chris Sivertson and Alexander Rockoff, this low-budget rape-revenge/home invasion shocker pays homage to rural horror shows like THE HILLS HAVE EYES (1977) and I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (1978), then a… (more)

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