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Eden Lake [DVD]
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British horror written and directed by James Watkins. Infant teacher Jenny (Kelly Reilly) escapes for a romantic weekend camping by a woodland lake with her boyfriend Steve (Michael Fassbender), who - unbeknownst to her - is planning to propose to her. But the couple's peace is shattered when a menacing gang of kids encircles their campsite, steals their belongings and vandalises their car, leaving them completely stranded. When Steve confronts them, tempers flare and he suffers a shocking and violent attack. Jenny, who manages to flee the scene, becomes the subject of a brutal and relentless game of cat-and-mouse as she desperately tries to evade her young pursuers and find her way out of the woods.
One of the creepiest horror movies of the last couple of years, Eden Lake clearly draws influence from the likes of Funny Games, as it presents the story of Jenny and Steve, a young couple who head off on a seemingly-idyllic holiday pretty much in the middle of nowhere. However, it doesn’t take long before trouble follows them, in the shape of a group of teenagers (and their dog). And what starts off as a bit of harassment soon makes the whole holiday a simple game of survival.
In different hands, Eden Lake could have been a run-of-the-mill, fairly nasty horror film. And while it’s still not what you’d call pleasant, it’s handled properly, and this means there are substantive characters, some well-handled tension, and an unwillingness to shy away from the film’s setup. It’s a hard film to take your eyes off.
Do be warned, though: Eden Lake isn’t a film where the camera is turned away at the key moments, and family viewing it absolutely isn’t. But it is a very well made modern-day horror film, that sidesteps the many pitfalls of the genre. It’s not an easy film to sit through, but it is a gripping one, and it’s a movie that’ll stick in your mind long after the credits have rolled. Other than that, the less you know about it, the better… --Jon Foster
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For those who say it's unbelievable, you must get off those ivory towers, and look at the real world. These teenagers, are products of aggressive vile parents, and there is no hope for them. There are only a couple of the kids, who retain humanity and have gentler natures, who are forced to go along with this horror.
This movie deeply disturbed me, especially the end..........."We look after our own"..............This movie, leads me to finally conclude, that the US has it right, in allowing people to have guns. If this couple only had a gun with them, they probably could have got out of this situation more easily.
The movie made me angry, angry that there are human beings so cruel and evil in this world, even before they start on the couple.......they are seen torturing and terrorising a badger in a cage. They are referred to as children at times, these monsters are not children, not all of them. The girl is around 15, and an evil witch, the ring leader, around the same age, and almost satan himself!
Wonderful acting, keeps you stressed and gripped right to the end. It could indeed happen to anyone in the wrong place at the wrong time, and is set in the UK.
So sad, so horrifying, a reminder, we must stay tough on criminals, whatever their age.
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Scratched up won't play needed for film studies course...will have to buy again-not fair on a students low income.Published 2 months ago by Jodi S.
Far too implausible! Throughly nasty film with far too many illogical choices made by the young couple. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Steveosnapper