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Strandvaskaren (2004)

Hundred years ago, three students at the Hellestads Boarding School were brutally slaughtered, the murderer drowned himself in a lake nearby and his body was never found. The story has ... See full summary »

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Mikael Håfström
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecka Hemse ... Sara
Jesper Salén ... Felix
Jenny Ulving Jenny Ulving ... Therese
Peter Eggers ... Leo
Rebecca Ferguson ... Amanda
Daniel Larsson Daniel Larsson ... Måns
Frans Wiklund Frans Wiklund ... Yngve
Erik Hultqvist Erik Hultqvist ... Markus
Anders Ekborg ... Thomas
Kerstin Steinbach Kerstin Steinbach ... Laila
Stig Engström ... Professor Ek
Anders Ahlbom Rosendahl Anders Ahlbom Rosendahl ... Bengt
Bojan Westin ... Anna-Lisa
Tommy Andersson ... Pappan
Oskar Thunberg Oskar Thunberg ... Läkare 1
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Storyline

Hundred years ago, three students at the Hellestads Boarding School were brutally slaughtered, the murderer drowned himself in a lake nearby and his body was never found. The story has become a legend for generations of students as well as a yearly festivity. Sara, a student, is writting an essay based on the legend and uncovers new facts from the event that will cast dark shadows on the family name of one of the school's main benificiaries. On the night of the hundreth anniversary, the festivities go awry, students disappear and something dark and unknown is moving through the schools corridors... Written by feffeman

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

15 October 2004 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Leyenda de fantasmas See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Mikael Håfström got his inspiration from Old Norse myths. See more »

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When Sara and Therese are chased through the house and crash in to the drain pipe, Therese's top changes from red to blue and back again. See more »

Quotes

Måns: You were not supposed to rape her.
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References Evil (2003) See more »

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Generic Hollywood teen slasher... in Swedish
13 March 2005 | by nizSee all my reviews

Yet another generic Hollywood teen-slasher with lots of attractive kids getting picked off at a boarding school... except its not a Hollywood slasher, its Swedish! Of course its fun to see this kind of genre film coming out of Scandinavia, but its less fun when its simply aping Kevin Williamson films and borrowing heavily from Friday the 13th (the "lake" motif et al). Any unique Swedish identity is lost as it slavishly follows all the standard clichés of the genre: lots of confusing back-story to uncover, difficult-to-distinguish characters who exist solely to get killed etc etc.

Its disappointing that Swedish genre cinema has regressed to this after the awesome high-point of 2002's DEN OSYNLIGE, which similarly dealt with ghosts and teen murder but in a brilliantly original, fantastically entertaining manner that did not feel the need to follow any established genre rules or conventions. THE DROWNING GHOST's "by-the-book" cookie cutter approach ultimately means it will be ignored by any potential international audience in favour of identical Hollywood teen slashers, simply because they happen to be in English.


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