Eden Lake (2008)

The set-up for this film may have been the most captivating build I have seen in the past several years. By the half-hour mark, I was completely invested in the characters, my emotions had been stirred by the antagonists, and the suspense and tension had already been set. As the film continued, however, the survival struggle in the woods became a test in tedium, with an over-extended game of cat and mouse played out between a resourceful woman and a group of teens that are pushed past the point of super-villainy in their torturous terror. The leads both earn a degree of empathy with the audience, but that link is stretched thinner and thinner as the plot continues. Ive focused on the negative here, but only because the film was composed so well at the beginning that it had the potential to be one of the best of 2008, only to drop off into an above average Survival horror. The film is shot beautifully, takes place in a hopeless forest setting, and offers very good acting for the most part. There are just moments where the filmmakers pushed the envelope too far and immediately destroyed the illusion of suspended disbelief. For a sleek Survival flick in the vein of The Strangers or Them, Id recommend checking this one out. It is still a very good film, though not without its flaws.

Rating: 8/10.
Gore: 6/10.

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  1. I love this film, it was truly perfect. I was so sad during the film and the ending was truly upsetting - one of the horror flicks that has actually affected me.

    - Zac

  2. Normally not my favorite types of horror films...I know, all you die hard horror fans can just shun me now....:)

    But I have to say that I really tried to keep my faith in the story because it showed so much potential...but it lost me as a whole. But I have to say I really felt that the gore fit the story and never went over the top...was pleasently suprised for that type of movie.

    Thanks again for yet another review that put the words down that I cannot seem to write.

    Love your blog!!!


  3. Eden Lake is great in so many ways.

  4. Thats why I think I was disappointed most, it really showed a HUGE amount of potential in the beginning for my taste atleast, but then it just took the teen characters too far and I didnt find the ending ironic at all, it felt much too forced to me

  5. I was indifferent about this movie when I first saw it, possibly because I had just finished High Tension. But, I recently watched this with a friend who hadn't yet seen it, and I was enthralled with it! Excellent movie that holds up to subsequent viewings.