Wicked Lake (2008)
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The flick is so vile and misogynistic -- the women exist solely to titillate -- that even perverts will have a tough time.
It's not the water that menaces in Wicked Lake, an inept, nasty and absolutely irredeemable entry in the stale torture-porn subgenre of horror.
Audience Reviews for Wicked Lake
Four young, well-endowed hotties rent a cabin in Hicksville, USA where they've been followed by a group of morons consisting of an ultra-feminine art student, a mentally challenged (?) pervert, a geriatric war veteran in a wheelchair, and their sadistic ringleader. Also hot on the girls' tails are a couple of greasy, dirty, toothless country bumpkins whose most impassioned lines are, "God damned city bitches!" Let me not forget to mention two detectives who are pursuing the damsels in distress. Only they're not damsels in distress. At the stroke of midnight, they transform into bloodthirsty demons - bloodthirsty lesbian demons. This is... one of the worst I have ever seen and I have watched some major stinkers. Unfortunately, not even all of the T&A could save Wicked Lake. The tone of the film is constantly changing and confusing for the viewer. Am I supposed to laugh? Is this character to be taken seriously? Much of the movie looks like it was shot with a camcorder, the dialog made my ears numb, and the acting is deplorable. I live for B-movie horror and low-budget amateur efforts so I've made it a habit to overlook sub-par acting but, in this case, it's so bad that it's unforgivable. Even worse, when they're not 'acting', they're zoning off, unresponsive to anything that's happening with the rest of the characters. It's a complete mess. I'm irritated that I wasted 95 minutes of my life on this cinematic piece of excrement.
I hated the cover art to the DVD. What was supposed to be provocative is a badly photo-shopped mess. Shoulder deep in blood stained water, a nondescript actress with pouty lips tries her best to look evil. I suppose floating underneath a blue sky filled with white puffy clouds is supposed to contrast her rather ineffectual evil stare, but it just comes off as amateurish. What's intersting about what appears to be "red-eye" (and a sure sign of bad photography) was it's actually an intended effect, but it only reinforces how talentlessly this cover art was created. Blase' as the DVD cover is, it's still manages to be quite superior to the film itself.
Half soft-core sex film, Wicked Lake sets itself up as a rape-revenge film akin to Last House on the Left, The Night Train Murders, I Spit On Your Grave, Thriller: A Cruel Picture, etc. But this low-budget cheese-fest that has a Troma feel to it proceeds one step further by bringing in a supernatural element. A group of four women who engage in lesbian four-play (pun intended) with one another go on a trip to a remote cabin where a family of local hicks overtakes them with an eye to rape and other nefarious deeds. Ultimately, Wicked Lake is a terrible looking, poorly acted, exploitative piece of trash. But it is also a highly enjoyable and brutal piece of exploitation cinema that will no doubt be enjoyed by fans of the genre.
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