Lake Eerie revolves around a young widow (Kate) who moves into an old house by the lake to escape from her troubles.
The lake house has stood abandoned for over 40 years with the previous owner of the house (Harrison) a famous archaeologist who mysteriously vanished whilst on an expedition in Egypt.
As Kate spends a few nights in the house, she is soon haunted by a dark presence and is unsure whether the events that are happening are real or just a figment of her imagination.
Lake Eerie presents itself as a Horror but as the story progress’s it seems to open up its own genre within the Supernatural, the film constantly bounces between the two and it never seems to make its mind up which road its heading down and this is slightly distracting to the main storyline, but other than that, it’s the only problem I had with the entire movie!
What started off as incredibly slow burning flick suddenly developed into a story I cared about and one that I was genuinely interested in watching. The look and feel of the movie reminded me of a classic Movie Mix film of choice, it looks great and the scores and composition add to the atmosphere superbly.
Meredith Majors carries the film as the lead and although in some parts appears wooden, relaxes considerably through the films runtime. Supported by the lovely Betsy Baker, Lance Hendriksen, Marilyn Ghigliotti and Anne Leigh Cooper the cast of Lake Eerie is very impressive on paper and on screen to match.
What surprised me most of all is that recently Lance Hendriksen won Best Actor at the Horrorhound film festival for Lake Eerie but he was only in the film for five minutes, now as good as Lance is, five minutes isn’t enough time for my popcorn to cook levermind award someone with a Best Actor award in a feature film! I personally thought Betsy Baker and the young Anne Leigh Cooper were far more deserving of this accolade as they were outstanding in their respective roles.
Betsy plays the lovely Eliza, Kate’s next door neighbour and who’s grandniece (Is that a thing?) Autumn (Anne Leigh Cooper) is a fanatic of Harrisons work and is currently studying him for a research paper she is writing.
As the film bounces between supernatural Horror and Egyptology references the viewer is treated to a really old fashioned style movie, slow build ups, a nice little twist at the end and amazing music that carries you through the narrative and some solid acting from all of those involved.
Lake Eerie is a chilling supernatural tale that pays homage to classic Horror and I was thoroughly impressed with it.