Eden Lake (18)

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Time Out says

Tue Sep 9 2008

This fierce, thought-provoking ‘survival horror’ movie from ‘My Little Eye’ co-writer James Watkins sounds like a tabloid headline: Lovers’ Lakeside Hoody Horror. The romantic peace of Kelly Reilly and Michael Fassbender’s remote idyll is shattered by a gang of kids with a loud beat-box and a boisterous Rottweiler. Verbal confrontations escalate into knife-wielding violence, then the couple are hunted and tortured in the surrounding woods.

This is not, however, a Daily Mail rant about feral chavs. Instead, Watkins uses stomach-knotting tension and tongue-slicing horror to explore the complex dynamics of anti-social violence. We identify with the victims throughout, but Watkins also depicts the complex peer-group pressures within the gang  and the pain and confusion behind its leader’s eyes. The film’s one major fault is that Reilly’s character repeatedly acts in ways that serve the plot, but which run contrary to rational human behaviour. By contrast, the shattering downbeat ending is well earned and genuinely shocking.
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Rated:

18

UK release:

Fri Sep 12, 2008

Duration:

91 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

James Watkins

Screenwriter:

James Watkins

Cast:

Thomas Turgoose, Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender, Bronson Webb

Music:

David Julyan

Cinematography:

Christopher Ross

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Elise

After reading through some of these appauling reviews, it kind of makes you want to laugh doesn't it? When films are pressured into having traditional american - fairty tale endings then are ripped apart for it, but when the brutal truth of the ending of this film lives up to our fatalism it's a disgrace? I understand a major flaw with this film is that Jenny's actions are hardly realistic, but the deeply haunting ending? that in a sense is what saves this film. I wouldn't totally disagree with some of the comments I read, but to say it promotes teen crime is completly absurd

Elise

After reading through some of these appauling reviews, it kind of makes you want to laugh doesn't it? When films are pressured into having traditional american - fairty tale endings then are ripped apart for it, but when the brutal truth of the ending of this film lives up to our fatalism it's a disgrace? I understand a major flaw with this film is that Jenny's actions are hardly realistic, but the deeply haunting ending? that in a sense is what saves this film. I wouldn't totally disagree with some of the comments I read, but to say it promotes teen crime is completly absurd

ivan

I think it was really good. Totally played with my morale is like there was no other way to survive than killing the kids.(God that I wanted to). The fact they are kids is what makes the movie so interesting because if they were adults you could you kill them and that's it.

ivan

I think it was really good. Totally played with my morale is like there was no other way to survive than killing the kids.(God that I wanted to). The fact they are kids is what makes the movie so interesting because if they were adults you could you kill them and that's it.

bryan0250

Worst movie ever, like wtf .......... The bitches are alive, the good one die, and wtf (it was only a kid) fuck ur self, at that age u can chose ur wich way. stupid bitch. Would be a great movie if all the little scrubs were dead

bryan0250

Worst movie ever, like wtf .......... The bitches are alive, the good one die, and wtf (it was only a kid) fuck ur self, at that age u can chose ur wich way. stupid bitch. Would be a great movie if all the little scrubs were dead

James chea

There are kids out there who will watch this film and get kicks out of it. The disturbingly worrying thing is that kids are influenced by watching other kids behave disgustingly and this film should not be given credit at any level as it depicts what is wrong with modern horro and also a reflection on the worst part of society. That bad parenting breeds bad kids. The worse thing is the ending which a disturbing and deflating. It left me totally cold and also upset and angry. Really would not want to waste my time watching a film that in my parents age wouldn't have been passed the bfs

James chea

There are kids out there who will watch this film and get kicks out of it. The disturbingly worrying thing is that kids are influenced by watching other kids behave disgustingly and this film should not be given credit at any level as it depicts what is wrong with modern horro and also a reflection on the worst part of society. That bad parenting breeds bad kids. The worse thing is the ending which a disturbing and deflating. It left me totally cold and also upset and angry. Really would not want to waste my time watching a film that in my parents age wouldn't have been passed the bfs

raymond

i loved this movie yes its a strong film but wake up its not that far from true its all around us and we need to open our eyes i will for sure look for more films from mr watkins horry yes reall o yes i wish it was not but it is

raymond

i loved this movie yes its a strong film but wake up its not that far from true its all around us and we need to open our eyes i will for sure look for more films from mr watkins horry yes reall o yes i wish it was not but it is

Godfrey Hamilton

I think that the indignation of viewers like Mr Frenz is somewhat invalidated by the monstrous behaviour of UK's hoodie youth so graphically displayed on our tv screens during the riots. I'd say James Watkins's film is too accurate for many viewers' comfort.

Godfrey Hamilton

I think that the indignation of viewers like Mr Frenz is somewhat invalidated by the monstrous behaviour of UK's hoodie youth so graphically displayed on our tv screens during the riots. I'd say James Watkins's film is too accurate for many viewers' comfort.

andy

As a straight forward horror flick it is entertainiing enough,if you like that sort of thing.As a piece of social commentary I think it leaves something to be desired.It makes some interesting points about parental responsibility,or lack thereof,and alienated youth.but is too alarmist and over the top to be taken seriously.

andy

As a straight forward horror flick it is entertainiing enough,if you like that sort of thing.As a piece of social commentary I think it leaves something to be desired.It makes some interesting points about parental responsibility,or lack thereof,and alienated youth.but is too alarmist and over the top to be taken seriously.

Lucy

Myself and my dad watched this film and thought it was absoloutly horrific. It has no relevance at all and I thought it was terrifiying (in a bad way). It made me and my dad feel physically sick and we both that night suffered from bad dreams. I would most certainly not suggest to anyone to watch this film!! It is awful and i'd never watch it again!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lucy

Myself and my dad watched this film and thought it was absoloutly horrific. It has no relevance at all and I thought it was terrifiying (in a bad way). It made me and my dad feel physically sick and we both that night suffered from bad dreams. I would most certainly not suggest to anyone to watch this film!! It is awful and i'd never watch it again!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Steve k

I loved this film, fantasic ! Entertainment is supposed to be just that ! and it entertained me from start to finish !

Steve k

I loved this film, fantasic ! Entertainment is supposed to be just that ! and it entertained me from start to finish !

naim yadally

Am from Mauritius. As for the acting, it was ok. But i'm scared if some teens in uk are really that way, or the film's ending might give teens a real sense of power.

naim yadally

Am from Mauritius. As for the acting, it was ok. But i'm scared if some teens in uk are really that way, or the film's ending might give teens a real sense of power.

Robert

There's already near-lethal stress in today's world, and most of us watch movies to take a brief holiday from it. Horror movies are only supposed to give our adrenal glands a little hit, then end positively so unconsciously we are assured that all the little horrors of our own daily lives will also turn out okay in the end. Such "entertainments" and NOT supposed to lure us in, drag us through a sadistic wringer, then simply spit us out -- psychologically tortured like its characters -- with no feeling of relief in sight. The only positive thing that can be said of this movie is that the performances are outstanding. Everything else is nothing more than celluloid depravity that wounds the heart and soul of any viewer with healthy sensitivity.

Robert

There's already near-lethal stress in today's world, and most of us watch movies to take a brief holiday from it. Horror movies are only supposed to give our adrenal glands a little hit, then end positively so unconsciously we are assured that all the little horrors of our own daily lives will also turn out okay in the end. Such "entertainments" and NOT supposed to lure us in, drag us through a sadistic wringer, then simply spit us out -- psychologically tortured like its characters -- with no feeling of relief in sight. The only positive thing that can be said of this movie is that the performances are outstanding. Everything else is nothing more than celluloid depravity that wounds the heart and soul of any viewer with healthy sensitivity.

Callum

Good Film really enjoyed it, always scares me more than horrors when it's based around our civilization. I just want to make a point to all though who think its gonna provoke violence, most horrors do that. Is it just because it's based on forms that could be a real event, Harry Brown was similar. Idiots are the ones who would attempt to do this, but they have probably thought of a better idea, like kidnapping three people and turning them into a human centipede.

Callum

Good Film really enjoyed it, always scares me more than horrors when it's based around our civilization. I just want to make a point to all though who think its gonna provoke violence, most horrors do that. Is it just because it's based on forms that could be a real event, Harry Brown was similar. Idiots are the ones who would attempt to do this, but they have probably thought of a better idea, like kidnapping three people and turning them into a human centipede.

Richie

This movie is said to be a horror and it just isn't. it's just a pile of crap that is all about some chava scum that go round desterbing society. To be honest this movie is about consett bus station and thats the truth. so its not a horror it is more like documentry set in a different place.

Richie

This movie is said to be a horror and it just isn't. it's just a pile of crap that is all about some chava scum that go round desterbing society. To be honest this movie is about consett bus station and thats the truth. so its not a horror it is more like documentry set in a different place.

John

This film is pretty disturbing at times, and i think a little over the top. I found the acting quite good by the younger members of the cast, but the lead lady is very wooden. I've seen her in something else before, but can't remember what it was, and she was equally bad in that. Anyway the film, as i've said pretty disturbing really, especially the ending. It does a great job of making you HATE the gang leader and his family with some real passion. What i find most disturbing though is that i don't think it's that far from the truth in a lot of areas to be honest (Just a little overcooked). I grew up on a council estate in the midlands, and every time i go back to see the rest of my family there, it seems to get worse, and i've had some pretty serious confrontations with some of the local scumbags. Fortunately i am a soldier nowadays, they know this and seem to have a 'bit' of respect for me (Maybe they see me as some sort of role model that they don't have). But i really could see situations like this happening in the area, just not to the same extent. Overall, a decent film, with a shocking climax, but it could have been so much better.

John

This film is pretty disturbing at times, and i think a little over the top. I found the acting quite good by the younger members of the cast, but the lead lady is very wooden. I've seen her in something else before, but can't remember what it was, and she was equally bad in that. Anyway the film, as i've said pretty disturbing really, especially the ending. It does a great job of making you HATE the gang leader and his family with some real passion. What i find most disturbing though is that i don't think it's that far from the truth in a lot of areas to be honest (Just a little overcooked). I grew up on a council estate in the midlands, and every time i go back to see the rest of my family there, it seems to get worse, and i've had some pretty serious confrontations with some of the local scumbags. Fortunately i am a soldier nowadays, they know this and seem to have a 'bit' of respect for me (Maybe they see me as some sort of role model that they don't have). But i really could see situations like this happening in the area, just not to the same extent. Overall, a decent film, with a shocking climax, but it could have been so much better.

Satcey Miller

I understand people saying they don't like this film and they wouldn't watch it again. After watching it with my sister she has refused to watch it again ever since she hates it because of the ending. I think kelly's character is quite realistic and it would be hard to predict what anyone would do in that situation. The reason I like this film is because it is thought provoking I don't think this film would encourage violence I think it is more likely to question it. I really like how it shows you where the kids get their behaviour from (the end scene). It is not a happy film but knives and gangs rarely have a happy ending in real life too. Everytime I watch this movie even though I know she doesn't escape I still always hope she does. I understand why the ending was done like this and it ends this shocking film perfectly and leaves you squirming and feeling really uncomfortable.

Satcey Miller

I understand people saying they don't like this film and they wouldn't watch it again. After watching it with my sister she has refused to watch it again ever since she hates it because of the ending. I think kelly's character is quite realistic and it would be hard to predict what anyone would do in that situation. The reason I like this film is because it is thought provoking I don't think this film would encourage violence I think it is more likely to question it. I really like how it shows you where the kids get their behaviour from (the end scene). It is not a happy film but knives and gangs rarely have a happy ending in real life too. Everytime I watch this movie even though I know she doesn't escape I still always hope she does. I understand why the ending was done like this and it ends this shocking film perfectly and leaves you squirming and feeling really uncomfortable.

Kim

I think that anyone who claims that this will influence youngsters of today or that it is not a believable depiction of some of the ones kicking around further prove the point that the film is trying to make. We do live in a time where youngsters no longer respect adults and instead rebel, sometimes violently against them. It also highlights the effects of peer pressure, I can remember when my group had a friend that we all feared and in that situation, it is frightening to see that what happened in the film is entirely possible. The cause and effect display of the parents at the end was fantastic and I generally think that this film was clever, eye opening and horrifically believable.

Kim

I think that anyone who claims that this will influence youngsters of today or that it is not a believable depiction of some of the ones kicking around further prove the point that the film is trying to make. We do live in a time where youngsters no longer respect adults and instead rebel, sometimes violently against them. It also highlights the effects of peer pressure, I can remember when my group had a friend that we all feared and in that situation, it is frightening to see that what happened in the film is entirely possible. The cause and effect display of the parents at the end was fantastic and I generally think that this film was clever, eye opening and horrifically believable.

RyanMellor12345

the film was good and i understand the plot. But i think they could of used a gang of adults rather than chavy little kids. I don't think the idea of a bunch of chavs would scare many people. If the film was so shocking with the violance this film would be shite. would just be a bunch of little shits chasing people through the woods. good film kept me on edge all the way through would i watch it again. No.

RyanMellor12345

the film was good and i understand the plot. But i think they could of used a gang of adults rather than chavy little kids. I don't think the idea of a bunch of chavs would scare many people. If the film was so shocking with the violance this film would be shite. would just be a bunch of little shits chasing people through the woods. good film kept me on edge all the way through would i watch it again. No.

Rubadubadoobag

Oh dear, forgot to give it 5 stars. Reading the other reviews on this site, I am also a bit disappointed at the quality of thought that has apparently gone into them. I respect people's right to dislike the film but its hard to maintain said respect in the face of such reasoning. [Spoiler] for those complaining about the sad ending being cliched or over the top - news flash: 99% of movies have a last female survivor ('the final girl, anyone?') and if you lot had your way it would be 100% - talk about boring and cliched! As for those who think this film should be banned because it will encourage violence from chavs in the current social context - I think you are projecting your own fears on the film. Brett is clearly not an accurate depiction of your average teen, and even if he depicts a substantial minority (which I doubt), then the problem is not the movie, it is society. Dont live in denial and shoot the messenger.

Rubadubadoobag

Oh dear, forgot to give it 5 stars. Reading the other reviews on this site, I am also a bit disappointed at the quality of thought that has apparently gone into them. I respect people's right to dislike the film but its hard to maintain said respect in the face of such reasoning. [Spoiler] for those complaining about the sad ending being cliched or over the top - news flash: 99% of movies have a last female survivor ('the final girl, anyone?') and if you lot had your way it would be 100% - talk about boring and cliched! As for those who think this film should be banned because it will encourage violence from chavs in the current social context - I think you are projecting your own fears on the film. Brett is clearly not an accurate depiction of your average teen, and even if he depicts a substantial minority (which I doubt), then the problem is not the movie, it is society. Dont live in denial and shoot the messenger.

Gareth

I feel like I need to comment given that the film was soo lame!! I mean what are the fim makers trying to portray!! That 'normal folk' should be scared of chav kids!! Pathetic!! There was never a story in my opinion as the reactions to the chav kids from the main bloke/girlfriend were so lame and unrealistic!! Cant say it did it for me!!

Gareth

I feel like I need to comment given that the film was soo lame!! I mean what are the fim makers trying to portray!! That 'normal folk' should be scared of chav kids!! Pathetic!! There was never a story in my opinion as the reactions to the chav kids from the main bloke/girlfriend were so lame and unrealistic!! Cant say it did it for me!!

phil

Firstly ill start by telling you this is a british horror film, not the kind thats filled with monsters, or ghosts, oh no. This film hits close to home by feeding into the fear of the public that is our so called 'hoodie problem'. A couple go of for a romantic weekend to eden lake (which is soon to become a new housing estate). The boyfreind has been to the lake before and would like to romance his lovely lady, but what should have been a lovely weekend soon turns into a rollercoaster ride from hell. They soon find themselves, running for there lives through the dense woods from a local gang of rather disturbed teenagers, who like to use everyday products such as razorblades. This film feeds on the public fright of our so called hoodie hooligans, it does it fantastic. The film keeps the fright going throughout and does at times have the horror story cliche and you will find yourself saying 'why on earth would you stay there?' There was only one point in the film that i thought was a bit stupid, as i dont think you would walk around anyones house in broad daylight just because you knew there kid burt your tyre, no matter how pissed of you was. That scene spoilt the end for me as i knew the location, but i wont say to much. This film is one of the best british horrors , if not one of the best horrors ive seen in a long time. At least rent it just to give it a go, but remeber dont go into the woods!!

phil

Firstly ill start by telling you this is a british horror film, not the kind thats filled with monsters, or ghosts, oh no. This film hits close to home by feeding into the fear of the public that is our so called 'hoodie problem'. A couple go of for a romantic weekend to eden lake (which is soon to become a new housing estate). The boyfreind has been to the lake before and would like to romance his lovely lady, but what should have been a lovely weekend soon turns into a rollercoaster ride from hell. They soon find themselves, running for there lives through the dense woods from a local gang of rather disturbed teenagers, who like to use everyday products such as razorblades. This film feeds on the public fright of our so called hoodie hooligans, it does it fantastic. The film keeps the fright going throughout and does at times have the horror story cliche and you will find yourself saying 'why on earth would you stay there?' There was only one point in the film that i thought was a bit stupid, as i dont think you would walk around anyones house in broad daylight just because you knew there kid burt your tyre, no matter how pissed of you was. That scene spoilt the end for me as i knew the location, but i wont say to much. This film is one of the best british horrors , if not one of the best horrors ive seen in a long time. At least rent it just to give it a go, but remeber dont go into the woods!!

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