Somebody must have seen. Somebody must have heard. Evidently, someone was crafty enough to actually do their homework & make a horror film which sets out to do exactly what a horror film should do. British director James Watkins get it's right. Hoo boy! Eden Lake gets my vote for being one of the most brutal depictions of a vacation gone wrong that I've seen in many years. In the brutal tradition of Wolf Creek or High Tension, Eden Lake carries a big stick & reminds it's faithful viewers that no place on earth is safe from harm.
Steve & Jenny are just your average couple looking to spend a weekend away from the hustle of everyday life & Eden Lake seems like just the place to go. At first sight, it's rather ideal & the idea of spending a few days drinking lager in between making love is certainly appealing. Not to mention the atmosphere is rather lovely & romantic. What could possibly go wrong?
After a group of unruly teenagers repeatedly harass our love birds, things spiral completely out of control & the merciless group of kids in acts a plot of revenge which could only end tragically or with a severely traumatized couple if survival were even an option. It's obvious from the very beginning that these kids have some serious issues & their anger is unlikely to subside anytime soon. Over the course of an hour, Steve is brutally attacked by these young but murderous villains & stabbed repeatedly. Jenny's only hope is to somehow find her way out of the woods & seek assistance while trying to avoid these dangerous hooligans.
Unlike the typical slasher film genre, Eden Lake is extremely bleak in it's depiction of harrowing violence & the acts of terror unleashed on the unsuspecting world. Rather than just being satisfied with a mere formulaic approach, Watkins breathes a great deal of life into his characters & makes it difficult for his viewer not to care about the couple who lives are in constant peril throughout the film. He also forces us to question our beliefs on raising children & the hostile environment some of them have been accustomed to. Naturally, there are no easy answers & a happy ending is definitely not a given in this case.
You will soon forget all your troubles. How quickly your own fears or troubles will seems insignificant & vague.
While Eden Lake may not fall into the same trappings of the so-called torture porn genre, it's one of the more brutal entries that dares it's viewer to continue watching the atrocities committed by our youth. Rather than just being a bloody horror film which extracts chills from it's intended audience, Eden Lake also works well as first-rate thriller with it's suspenseful pace & inevitable tension. Get your hands on this one as soon as you can. Eden Lake may be one of the best films released by Dimension Extreme to date right next to Inside or Broken.
*** out of **** "Eden Lake", like "Saw", "Deliverance", and many others before it; is marketed and consistently labeled as a horror film, but feels more like a thriller than a film of that one genre. While it does deal with things genuinely horrific, and the presence of bloodshed, it thrills appropriately and dishes out the brutality that you've come to expect. Horror sites reviewed it, praised it, and eventually lead this movie-goer to see it; and it's about time that I … more
Eden Lake is pretty much your standard survival-against-the-odds fare. The only difference is that instead of the usual monster/alien/chainsaw wielding cannibal or hillbilly redneck this time our hapless victims are fleeing from a gang of bicycle mounted pubescent Brits lead by a kid who'd give the Malcolm McDowell character in CLOCKWORK ORANGE a run for his money. Tedious for me but if you're a fan of slasher flicks this film is going to send you into the throes of … more
There have been many attempts at a genre film that emulates a very real feeling of horror that may happen in real life. I've seen quite a good number of them, some are decent, some are great but most failed to impress. Writer and director James Watkins' "Eden Lake" may have the usual clichés of horror suspense thrillers, the main premise offers nothing new, but what makes it very different is the fact that it carries a lot of effective humanity … more