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

Available in HD on supported devices

Eden Lake

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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)

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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70 of 76 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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12 of 13 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris VINE VOICE on 29 April 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Quite a tricky one to review, really. The plot and content are really quite irredeemably nasty stuff, and having seen it, I'm not in a rush to watch it again.

With that said, the fact that it provoked such a reaction in me is something of a testament. Aside from one or two downright moronic decisions by Fassbender's character ("Hey ! A gang of kids with a rottweiler ! I'll repeatedly ask them politely to leave us alone."), there's really nothing drastically wrong with the film from any angle - no plot holes or bad acting - but it just isn't a nice film you'll get the warm fuzzies from in any way whatsoever.

As a relatively low-budget effort, however, the blue-ray format does relatively little to add value to this, since there isn't much in the way of sweeping panoramas or special effects the HD format can enhance.
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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Corey S. Newcombe on 3 Feb 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Stephen Taylor invites his girlfriend Jenny, a Nursery teacher, to spend the weekend in Eden Lake, a remote place in the woods.

However, his true intention is to propose Jenny. While camping at the lake shore, they are disturbed by a gang of boys lead by Brett.

The next day, the couple realise that they have been robbed and are stranded in the woods without their car.

While walking through the forest trying to reach the road, Steve and Jenny meet the gang and they are brutally attacked.

Steve is captured by the youths while Jenny is seeks a way out of the woods with the criminals chasing her....

If you are looking for a horror film with thrills and scares, you have come to the wrong place. If you want to see one of the most disturbing British movies made this side of the Seventies, you have found Eden Lake.

And the main thing about this movie, is that all the cast are great, and it's a really well made thriller. But really no one can recommend this movie, because of the subject matter and the downright depressing nature of the movie.

It gets the vision of 'Yoofs' by middle class tabloids right down to a tee, and they are probably some of the most hated characters I have seen on screen (the acting is really superb here), and their acts are as bad as their attitudes.

But the main thing you need to know about this film is that there is no escape for the main characters, just when you think it cannot get any worse, it does and then some.

You need to see this film, but its really hard to recommend.
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