So of course Mario Lopez’s most important role ever was as the young illegal immigrant boy that Dorothy tutored on a very special episode of The Golden Girls. But he actually did a couple of other acting gigs…including TWO horror movies that have some interesting parallels.
Fever Lake (1996)
We see a woman hide her son in the attic. He watches through a crack in the door as she is murdered.
Flash ahead. Mario Lopez, Corey Haim, and their friends head off to a cabin in the woods.
There’s a Native-American who warns the local sheriff, played by Bo Hopkins, that an evil spirit is coming to get them. Mario plays creature cleanser and escorts a spider outside. A chick is attacked by an invisible wolf with glowing green eyes. The lights go out, so the kids play hide and seek. Corey Haim keeps spacing out as if possessed. Mario gets caught in an animal trap.
And finally in the last 20 minutes, we get some kills with an axe. There’s also an awesomely gruesome demon creature moment, so who really cares about the convoluted plot twist?
Plus, Mario gets completely shirtless! And there’s the promise of a sequel…that never happened.
A CRACK IN THE FLOOR (2001)
We see Tracy Scoggins (who was deliciously villainous in the gay horror series Dante’s Cove) hide her son in a cabin. He watches through a crack in the door as she is murdered (I’m not kidding). Then the little boy hides under the floorboards in the basement for 33 years….
Mario Lopez and his friends head off to a cabin in the woods (I’m not kidding). Bo Hopkins is the local sheriff (I’m not kidding). Mario plays creature cleanser and escorts a mouse outside (I’m not kidding).
Gary Busey has a bizarre cameo (shocking) as a chicken-killing dude in a suit and tie. David Naughton plays the role of “EMT” in a ten second flashback. Someone gets caught in an animal trap (I’m not kidding). And finally in the last 20 minutes, we get some pretty good kills with a pick axe (I’m not kidding).
Good news aside from some good kills? Mario wears a tank top. One of the chicks is from Halloween Resurrection (is that good news?). And just when you think you know who the final girl is going to be…she’s not. Nice. And there’s the promise of a sequel…that never happened.
Good or bad, these two slashers give us plenty of Mario.