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Eden Lake (2008)

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Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences.

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Tara Ellis ...
Abi
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Finn Atkins ...
Paige
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Mark
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James Burrows ...
Harry
Tom Gill ...
Ricky (as Thomas Gill)
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Tanya
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Jon
James Gandhi ...
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Reece
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Rachel Gleeves ...
Mel (as Rachel Gleaves)
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Nursery teacher Jenny and her boyfriend Steve, escape for a romantic weekend away. Steve, planning to propose, has found an idyllic setting: a remote lake enclosed by woodlands and seemingly deserted. The couple's peace is shattered when a gang of obnoxious kids encircles their campsite. Reveling in provoking the adults, the gang steals the couple's belongings and vandalizes their car leaving them completely stranded. When Steve confronts them, tempers flare and he suffers a shocking and violent attack. Fleeing for help, Jenny is subject to 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. Written by Pathe International

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A weekend by the lake, with views to die for. See more »

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Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive language, some nudity and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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12 September 2008 (UK)  »

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O Lago Perfeito  »

Box Office

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£192,027 (UK) (12 September 2008)

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$5,824 (USA) (31 October 2008)
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Near the end of the film, the hood who recorded the violence on his phone is shown deleting the videos. The video files however are much too small to be videos (one is 29kb for example). See more »

Quotes

Steve: I promise, the quarry's fucking stunning.
Jenny: The quarry is stunning. No 'fucking'.
Steve: [getting closer to her] Please, miss.
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Crackingly realistic UK 'chav' horror
14 September 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

From start to finish this film is a masterclass in confronting our views on revenge and on how we choose which 'side' to be on in any given situation.

The two adult leads are almost immediately plunged into a nightmare where children have the upper hand and where respect for adults is thrown out of the window yet the adults still view the amoral, feral youth as children (at least initially).

Eden Lake plays as virtually a documentary of Britain in 2008 and as a film gives us a stark reflection of what is happening in this country today. The only difference being that Eden Lake takes place in the countryside while the real violence in the UK takes place on our city streets.

James Watkins has managed to create real tension, real suspense and some real terror in his directorial debut. So many UK horror films come with great expectations and so many fail, but with Eden Lake, Watkins has crafted a contemporary film that is instilled with the nastiness and vicious spirit of 70s/early 80s horror such as 'Last House on the Left'.

Disturbing, challenging, thought provoking and downright electrifying in places, this is one of the best horror films of the past few years and one of the best British films this decade.


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