Eden Lake 2008

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In this thought-provoking survival movie Jenny and John go for a romantic weekend to an idyllic lake. Their peace and quiet is shattered by a gang of kids who provoke them and vandalise their car.

Starring:
Michael Fassbender,Kelly Reilly
Runtime:
1 hour, 27 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Horror
Director James Watkins
Starring Michael Fassbender, Kelly Reilly
Supporting actors Thomas Turgoose, Bronson Webb, Jack O'Connell, Shaun Dooley, Eliza Elkington, Finn Atkins, James Gandhi, Thomas Gill
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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75 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Dr Evil TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Jan. 2009
Format: DVD
'Eden Lake' is about a young couple who decide to escape London for the weekend and have a romantic weekend at a remote lake. What they weren't expected was to be terrorised by a gang of young thugs which starts with a disagreement about how loud the music is and leads to much, much worse.

I love a good British horror but I was expecting nothing like this - 'Eden Lake' is very close to real life and is actually really terrifying to watch as it made me think that this could happen to absolutely anyone at anytime, anywhere. Yeah, it does go a little over the top near the middle of the film but is still stays very close to some of the problems that Britain has been dealing with in recent years such as knife crime, happy slapping (filming attacks on camera phones), parents not taking any responsibility for their children's actions and "hoodies" terrorising innocent people.

If you like horror films I definitely recommend watching this but don't expect a very pleasant viewing as for the most part this film is very disturbing.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Steve G on 1 July 2011
Format: DVD
There has never been any doubt in my mind that the creepiest and most affecting films that have ever been made have been about a human enemy. Not ghouls, ghosts, zombies or monsters - but just really horrible people.

When the enemy is as hateful and vile as is portrayed by Jack O'Connell, you will always have a film that has an advantage over the rest. No special effect can put in a performance as disturbingly unhinged as O'Connell does here, manipulating other young charges into tormenting Michael Fassbender and Kelly Reilly (both completely excellent, too) after a lakeside argument escalates into something nightmarish.

Eden Lake is not without its faults - once or twice the participants do something REALLY stupid and inexplicable but, under those circumstances, wouldn't you? Plus, the ending, which in itself is utterly horrible but inspired, does come about as the result of a massive coincidence.

Funnily enough, I probably wouldn't watch it again, because it is so depressing and nasty and it does linger in the mind. But that is what a really good thriller or horror film SHOULD do, not all great films should necessarily reward repeated viewings - and Eden Lake really is a very good film indeed.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on 25 July 2014
Format: DVD
"Eden Lake" still remains as one of the greatest horror movies ever made, and yet one of the most disturbing horror movies made over the last 10 years. I don't think I have seen quite such a disturbing British horror movie as Eden Lake is, and I don't think a British horror movie like Eden Lake has been made and if it has, please may someone tell me. I mean don't get me wrong I love horror movies and it is my favorite genre, and if a horror movie has a meaningful story with characters you care about, then it goes beyond just a good horror movie.

What makes Eden Lake so thrilling and so above any horror movie I seen for a while is there is true meaning behind the movie, it's not a simple torture porn horror movie like Eli Roth's Hostel movies or James Wan's Saw films which are equally great, but Eden Lake has a deeper meaning and a excellent story and message, it also has two characters you really care about and you are close too and feel like real people in real danger. Horror works so much better if you care about the people in danger and Eden Lake does a fantastic job of making you care about Jenny and Steve and that may be brilliant writing or acting but it makes the movie work.

What I also took throughout the showing is that Eden Lake does a smart job and does to the audience without you knowing about choosing sides, now from where I was sitting, when the kids who are the villains in the movie start doing these unthinkable actions to the adults, you want the adults to fight back and kill the kids, but as the adults start to fight back, it becomes quite clear that these kids, not all of them want to be there and you start to wonder is violence against violence appropriate when it is to 13 and 14 year's old.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By robert stirling TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
By the end of this film you might appreciate the fact that Kelly Reilly really earnt her money in this excellent horror/thriller directed by another up and coming Brit James Watkins.

Its about an isolated couple harassed and then abused by a group of young thugs.You would think that you could control school-age youngsters such as the group portrayed here but this film shows us that there is a marginalised section of society out there who will turn into savage beasts given the wrong circumstances.
Here one bad apple corrupts the rest of the barrel of imperfect fruit as I see it.

Extreme violence throughout.Thrilling yet depressing,and who could say that this hasn't happened already somewhere in Britain at some time.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By helen claire smith on 3 Mar. 2014
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This isn't easy viewing, but the tension feels genuine and I was put off camping for life :-O - creepy and real.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Sept. 2009
Format: Blu-ray
A nice, decent couple go away for the weekend in what they expect to be a quiet secluded part of the woods beside a lake and end up aggravated, hounded and tortured by a group of Asbochav kids.

I read several of the reviews here before watching this which collectively kind of hyped it up such that I was expecting something rather special. It's pretty good, yes, but I didn't find it quite as disturbing or as shocking as others have done. Where it stands out, I feel, is in its sense of reality - for the most part all the characters and their actions, together with the script, were convincing and authentic. That's an unusual compliment to pay what is ostensibly a horror film, but I guess some effort was made to incorporate some of the social issues that blight our nation these days and as a result it rarely felt over-the-top or gratuitous. It was a little bit disturbing, I admit, because it leaves you with the sense that it could actually happen, and the acting was spot-on given the various scenarios.

One or two of the incidents that took place during the most violent stages had me flinching, curling my toes or releasing an expletive despite watching it alone. Yet I would suggest once again that not many of the gruesome parts were there purely for shock value, which made it all the more watchable and worthy of being taken seriously. There were no comic-horror moments at any time, nothing to make you chuckle. I thought Kelly Reilly in the leading role was excellent from start to finish, displaying great versatility between schoolteacher, lover and finally a woman hell-bent on furious retribution. Overall the kudos go to the director James Watkins who also wrote the screenplay.
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