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Drowning Ghost (2004)

Strandvaskaren (original title)
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 overview, first billed only:
Rebecka Hemse Rebecka Hemse ... Sara
Jesper Salén ... Felix
Jenny Ulving Jenny Ulving ... Therese
Peter Eggers ... Leo
Rebecca Ferguson ... Amanda
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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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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Horror | Thriller

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Jesper Salén was badly cut beneath his right eye after got hit by one of the propellers of an engine to a motorboat. He was rushed to the hospital but was able to re-shoot the scene the next day. See more »

Goofs

In the opening a girl jumps to her death from a tall building. When she crashes in the hard ground her body should burst, which does not happen. In real life there would be some bleeding. See more »

Quotes

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

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Swedish Conventional Slash Movie
6 May 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The traditional Hellestad Boarding School is celebrating its centenary, and the students are planning a big party. However, there is a dark legend about a brutal murder of three students by a local farm a hundred years ago. The killer drowned in a lake nearby and his body has been not found. One year ago, the disturbed intern Rebecka (Sasa Bjurling) committed suicide during the anniversary speech of the arrogant dean, and her deranged father escaped from the mental institution where he was lodged. The student Sara (Rebecka Hence) is preparing a composition about the tragic legend, and finds new evidences compromising the name of a traditional local family and top contributor of Hellestad. Meanwhile, two new arrivals, Leo (Peter Eggers) and Felix (Jesper Salén), become close to Sara and her roommate Therese (Jenny Ulving), and students and staffs are vanishing in the place.

My expectation with "Strandvaskaren" were the highest possible, based on the name of director Mikael Håfström. His cruel "Ondskan" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338309/usercomments-45) is a stunning movie; indeed, it is a psychological study of violence taking place also in a boarding school. Unfortunately, the disappointing "Strandvaskaren" is nothing but a conventional slash movie, with no originality, and using the same clichés of many American productions. Anyway, I like this type of predictable movie as entertainment and my vote is six.

Tiotle (Brazil): "A Maldição do Lago" ("The Curse of the Lake")


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Sweden

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Swedish

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15 October 2004 (Sweden) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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