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Eden Lake 2008

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

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Genres Thriller, Horror
Director James Watkins
Starring Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender
Supporting actors Tara Ellis, Jack O'Connell, Finn Atkins, Jumayn Hunter, Thomas Turgoose, James Burrows, Tom Gill, Lorraine Bruce, Shaun Dooley, James Gandhi, Bronson Webb, Lorraine Stanley, Rachel Gleeves, Mark Devenport, Alex Palmer, Eliza Elkington
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
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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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By Dr Evil VINE 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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By Mister G HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 9 Nov. 2014
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We like this film because it is so believable. A dangerous situation escalates. As a result the film is disturbing - it shows firstly how (viewed from the victims' side) you can find yourself in a nightmare situation almost out of nowhere, and secondly (viewed from the perpetrators' side) how people can be drawn in by their peer group into doing something they don't want to do.

A creepy film because it is so believable. Well worth watching.
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A great British horror film. Kelly Reilly is excellent as a school teacher on a romantic break with her boyfriend in a secluded lake region, where they come across a gang of teenagers who begin to terrorise them with gruesome consequences. Looking past the violence and gore, this film gives you a great insight into bullying and peer pressure, and how the cycle of abuse is passed down from generation to generation. It also makes you question whether as an adult you should step in and challenge kids who are doing wrong or if the smartest thing to do is walk away. A disturbing film because of its realism, and a twist at the end. 5 stars from me. There is also a nice selection of interviews with some of the main cast and director / producer on the DVD.
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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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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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This movie is brilliant. As it's a situation anyone could really get in it makes it that bit more unnerving. Would watch again and plan too!
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Format: Blu-ray
I've been delaying watching this movie for several years, in part because of what other people have told me about it, but I've remained curious despite my head telling me "don't do it" (I'm still scarred by the experience of Kill List). As part of my October/Halloween viewing I finally gave this a spin and wow...the anecdotes about this really didn't prepare me for what unfolded onscreen.

So, what did I think? Well it's another of those movies where I can't decide if it's a masterful piece of filmmaking or something which shouldn't have been made! Either way, I loved it and hated it in equal measure, and on reflection the morning after it's grating on me more and more.

Firstly, this really is a mean movie. It's relentless, it's intense, and it's utterly terrifying because you can almost see some of these things happening. I was tired having sunk half a bottle of wine (and a couple of G&Ts), and at this point I'd usually just fall asleep on the sofa. But Eden Lake grabbed me by the throat and wouldn't let go.

I cannot remember a movie in recent memory where I've been screaming inside my head for characters to die a horrible death, and in this way it's a powerful piece of film making. I utterly despised some of the characters, and when a film is able to elicit these kinds of emotional responses you need to tip your hat to the director. Yet I hated it.

I hated it because I'm one of those people who think that movies should serve a purpose, and while that's primarily to entertain, this isn't a movie which entertains. Thus, it needs to do more, and I didn't feel this delivered at all.

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Some of the plot points beggar belief, where characters do stupid things, whilst other events are far too convenient.
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