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  • Summary: Primary school teacher Jenny and her boyfriend Steve head out of London for a weekend at a beautiful secluded lake. However, when the couple encounter rowdy and volatile group of teenagers, the romantic trip takes a sinister and deadly turn... (Optimum Releasing)
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  1. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    70
    Eden Lake doesn't feel like torture porn so much as a rural-jeopardy thriller in extremis.
  2. Eden Lake has the trappings of a low-IQ thriller but it's really a contemptible tract feeding the prejudices of the U.K.'s rightwing tabloids that claim the country is overrun by teenagers wielding knives.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 6 out of 23
  1. GrantZ
    Aug 18, 2009
    10
    Brutal, well-acted and terrifying at times. This film makes you think twice before going camping in the middle of nowhere. The killers are Brutal, well-acted and terrifying at times. This film makes you think twice before going camping in the middle of nowhere. The killers are kids for gods sake. They're horrible, if i was stuck in sometihng like that, i'd run them over. Some parts make you cringe, and some cry, the ending will definitely affect you. IT'S EVIL!!!! Collapse
  2. Kyle
    Nov 6, 2008
    10
    Brilliant film... Up there with Martyrs and Let the Right One in for best horror films of the year. Reminded me of the Descent in many Brilliant film... Up there with Martyrs and Let the Right One in for best horror films of the year. Reminded me of the Descent in many ways(David Julyan also did the score The Descent). Expand
  3. Dan
    Jan 15, 2009
    9
    I was on the edge of my seat for the entire film. Don't read about it first, just go in blank. The surprises are what gives this film I was on the edge of my seat for the entire film. Don't read about it first, just go in blank. The surprises are what gives this film it's greatest suspense. Expand
  4. Feb 25, 2012
    7
    Eden Lake's underlying message may be a bit Daily Mail, but it remains an extremely effective British horror film. It's tense, scary, andEden Lake's underlying message may be a bit Daily Mail, but it remains an extremely effective British horror film. It's tense, scary, and well-performed (particularly by Kelly Reilly and the terrifying Jack O'Connell). Writer/director James Watkins skillfully contrasts the idyllic middle-class lifestyles of Jenny (Reilly) and Steve (Michael Fassbender) with the nightmarish wilderness in which they find themselves stranded and hunted by a gang of truly monstrous teenagers. The whole film has a feeling of steadily building dread, which doesn't abate even when we reach the film's excellently terrifying finale. Even the idea of demonic teenagers as a credible threat in a horror film works, and all the better since unrest we witnessed in the UK last year. Perhaps the film's beginning is a little too twee and drawn out, and you do find yourself feeling as though you're living inside a right-wing tabloid once the film really gets going. However, Eden Lake is just a horror film using British paranoia about unruly teeenagers to create something scary - it's not really endorsing the ridiculous sweeping statements about society that tabloids are often guilty of making. As a horror film, it succeeds - it's scary, it's tense, it's gruesome, and it's got a classic horror movie structure - city dwellers go to the country and have to fight for survival when they encounter some nasty locals - it's pure Texas Chainsaw Massacre! As a social commentary, you can't take it too seriously, but then again, I doubt that's what James Watkins ever intended his film to be. You'll certainly think twice before leaving the safety of your house and going camping in the wilderness again! Expand
  5. May 30, 2013
    7
    Ooouch this hurts while watching!
    A helpless atmosphere and a exciting and nervous breakdown will haunt you after watching.
    Definitely not
    Ooouch this hurts while watching!
    A helpless atmosphere and a exciting and nervous breakdown will haunt you after watching.
    Definitely not fot the faint of heart!
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  6. Aug 13, 2010
    5
    I gace this film a 5 and not a zero because of the fine work of the actors, editors, cameramen and other technicians.
    In fact, even the
    I gace this film a 5 and not a zero because of the fine work of the actors, editors, cameramen and other technicians.
    In fact, even the directing is good for its purpose. This kind of film puts me on the fence because the acting, directing, and editing are all very good in a lot of these kinds of films. You believe its happening while you watch and you suspect this kind of thing could possibly happen... at least while the film's tension is making you grit your teeth. On the other hand, the whole point of the film and what it suggests is what ruins it. This is torture porn or what I call "The cruelty genre" where humans have absolutely no regard for another human and behave in ways that are very unrealistic in the scope of real life situations. The films character's become so focused on their cruel needs that nothing in the real world intercedes like hunger, boredom, fatigue, distractions, changes in loyalty the fact that someone might sneeze. once the cruel characters start their mission they become demons that never faulter in their quest to inflict harm on the protagonists and this is just stupid. We have seen films make a fine point with extreme violence and the social monsters we create in neglected environments (clockwork orange). How many more of these films do we need to see where the only point is pure manipulation of the audience. The only point is tension itself. There is an old commercial made in the states for Dupont by the agency Young & Rubicam where a voice over tells you how a material made by Dupont is incredibly temperature neutral. They show a metal box made of this material. they show a bunson burner boiling water. they put a baby chick in the box and place the box holding the live chick in the boiling water and the voice over speaks very languidly about the product. the tension is enormous as you feel you are watching this poor little chick die. then they take the box out and the chick is perfectly fine. They sold me. amazing. what is this film selling me? fear and hatred toward the neglected class? please. How many more filmmakers are going to try and say the same thing using human cruelty as their medium. if you need to see this message expressed watch "Funny Games" it has a point and it makes you squirm. IT is probably the last film that should ever be made about callous and mindless cruelty.
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  7. aparker
    Oct 3, 2009
    1
    Awful. Things like this do happen in real life, and films like this may just add fuel to the fire (no pun intended). A useless film.

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