Lake Fear 3 (2018)

Returning from Lake Fear, skipping the unrelated Lake Fear 2, Remington is back and out of the evil cabin and is dealing with evil once again. This time, a duo of girls looking for one’s sister hires a famous paranormal investigator and they all stumble into Remington’s world of evil.

Written by Gerald Crum and directed by Michael Crum, this low budget horror sequel bypasses the second and basically completely ignores it, something viewers should also do. The film makes the most of its budget and builds upon the mythology established in the first film. Here, other characters are added to expend the story and become evil fodder. It does take a while to get going, but once all the characters are together with Remington, things go off and the film reaches its entertainment level. The film’s writing brings some good ideas and a few that don’t fully work, leading to a story that works fairly well overall. The characters brought in are ok in general with one that is just ridiculous and annoying. These supporting characters seem to only be there to bring the viewers to the goal of getting back into Remington’s story. The latter is a good central character to watch, but the time spent getting to him will lose some of the viewers. The girls and the paranormal investigator are ok, but they can get a little annoying at times. That being said, the story overall is far better than that of Lake Fear 2 and adds interesting elements to the story create in the first film.

These characters are played with different levels of success and talent by the lead cast. Playing the girls who bring the story together are KateLynn E. Newberry as Chloe and Shanon Snedden as Revel. Both of them do ok work, but they are clearly there to bring the viewer to the main part of the story. This seems to be partially due to writing and directing as well as their own acting choices. Their work is not grating or anything like that, but it feels like it lacks depth. Playing the famous paranormal investigator, a sort of mix of Zak Bagans and Peter Vincent in both of his iterations, is Devi Khajishvili who plays him as an annoyance. This performance is either genius or the worst ever, not much in between here. To this viewer, it makes the character of Vincent one that is wished a gruesome death. Playing the only returning character, Remington, is Joshua Winch who plays his part very much as in the first film, giving him a bit of a mystery, a sort of cold being who does have a goal and may not fully care about these new people, but sees them as a necessity. This is not a warm being, but there is something behind what is seen, there are a few more layers than with the other characters. The rest of the characters and cast feel like they are mostly part of the décor with performances that are neither memorable or out of place.

These performances are framed by cinematography by Daniel Frank and edited by Gerald and Michael Crum. The film’s look is serviceable for the majority of the run time, but it’s not exactly special or particularly visually appealing. The film’s budget shows here and it’s unfortunate as great cinematography and editing could have elevated the whole film. The scenes at the cabin are more visually interesting, but getting there lacks visual interest. The special effects, especially on the visual effects side, show promise, but without the support of the images, it feels like something is missing there too.

Lake Fear 3 is a fitting sequel to Lake Fear with Lake Fear 2 being appropriately skipped. The film has its issues, but overall it’s a decent one with some good moments here and there. It does feel like it could use a bit more polish to get it truly interesting and really memorable. The cast and characters vary from interesting to mildly annoying with character arcs that are fairly limited overall. The film as a whole is a serviceable horror film that’s an easy watch if you don’t mind a few of the characters’ shortcomings.