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Lake of the Dead (1958)

De dødes tjern (original title)
A group of friends travel to a cabin in the Norwegian forest. It's a rumor that at night a crazy man can be heard screaming at a lake nearby the cabin.

Director:

Kåre Bergstrøm

Writers:

Kåre Bergstrøm, André Bjerke (novel) (as Bernhard Borge)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Erling Lindahl Erling Lindahl ... Kai Bugge
Bjørg Engh Bjørg Engh ... Sonja Borge
Henny Moan Henny Moan ... Liljan Werner
André Bjerke André Bjerke ... Gabriel Mørk
Per Lillo-Stenberg Per Lillo-Stenberg ... Bjørn Werner
Øyvind Øyen Øyvind Øyen ... Bråten
Georg Richter Georg Richter ... Harald Gran
Inger Teien Inger Teien ... Eva, Bjørn's Girlfriend
Leif Sommerstad Leif Sommerstad ... Tore Gråvik
Henki Kolstad Henki Kolstad ... Bernhard Borge
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Storyline

20-23 August 1958: Crime Author Bernhard and his wife Sonja, psychoanalyst Kai, magazine editor Gabriel, lawyer Harald and his fiancée Liljan are six Oslo people who will visit Bjørn, Liljan's brother in his cabin deep in the Østerdal forests. But, when the guests arrive, Bjørn is missing and his dog is found dead at a pond nearby. It's not long before they begin to ponder the old legend that is associated with the place: a man is said to have killed his sister and her lover and then drowned himself in the lake. It is said that everyone who stays in the house-the murder's cabin-would be possessed by a strange attraction: They would be forced to drown themselves in the pond. The company decides to solve the mystery, but soon it appears that they are exposed to the mysterious, fascinating powers that are tied to the lake. Written by Wiki

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Contains the most famous scene in Norwegian movie industry, when Lillian walks towards the lake and tries to drown herself in the water. See more »

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Referenced in 50-års frigjøringsjubileum i Vefsn (1995) See more »

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De dødes tjern (1958)
13 December 2011 | by SnakesOnAnAfricanPlainSee all my reviews

This wonderfully shot (and short), powerful film is a lost horror gem. The film focuses on a group of friends that travel to the woods. It all goes a bit terrifying as a brother is missing, people start sleepwalking, and the truth mixes with superstition. The film is quite dialog heavy in explaining itself, as we have a hypnotist that refuses to believe in ghosts. The scenes build up with a kind of quiet charm, and never fully reveal themselves, allowing our thoughts to intertwine with how the characters see it. The audience is really included in this film, with a lot of moments seeming as though the characters are trying to persuade us onto their side.


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Country:

Norway

Language:

Norwegian

Release Date:

17 December 1958 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Lake of the Dead See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Norsk Film See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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