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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

15 October 2004 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Drowning Ghost See more »

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$65,722
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

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

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Just sit right back and watch it drown.
14 March 2006 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

A student doing an essay on her boarding school's dark past, where three students where killed and the murderer was found dead in the lake over 100 years ago. Discovers a horrifically dark secret behind these murders and that off a recent suicide. The problem is that secret can have some big consequences on that of a respected student and his father who provides beneficial benefits to the school. While, Sarah is digging further into this mystery there's a killer on the loose knocking off people. During the hundredth anniversary of the murders a party is organised, but this night is when Sarah comes face to face with the killer.

When I got to the ending credits I thought what a big waste of time I spent on this very lukewarm Swedish slasher. Other than the freely defined camera-work and glaringly grand location, nothing else hugely appeals or breaks any new ground. Simply it looks great, there's no denying that, but its has to have more then strong polished visuals to back it up with because it doesn't go anywhere that we haven't been before and the tangled up story aimlessly plods about. If you going make a slasher with a plot structure that we've seen over and over again, you might as well go out of your way to provide the big draw cards, instead it decided to wimp out and come up with a rather mercifully plain offering. The story is very familiar that it's just simply worn out in its supposed twists and it doesn't provide much in a way of suspense, so hopefully you would ask for some blood and T&A then, well sorry it cops out on those factors too.

So what does it have going for it then! Well, actually the haunting opening scene with its pulsating score (that crops up at times) makes a better impression than it deserves. The performances are fine, if a little glum, although the characters are your standard stereotypes waiting for their chance to be killed off. Like I said the film's features are attractively glossed up. But in the things that mainly count in these films, all of that falls vapid. Please! Just add something in once in a while to make me sit up and pay notice in this drawn out fodder, because nothing, that is NOTHING (ah other then camera-work and location setting) is formidable and remotely enticing about what's happening. The deaths are incredibly lacklustre with most of it happening off the screen and when we did see one all we get was a puddle of blood in the most basic knockoff. Where was the atmosphere? Sadly with the countryside location and that of gloomy boarding school that has many poorly lit rooms, there was nothing generated to get your skin crawling and that's a sorely missed opportunity.

The screenplay is handled in a wilted manner and the script tediously strings along its muddled back-story and the coincidences that make headway are all a bit too convenient. When things start to unravel you can't stop thinking of why didn't this come sooner, as pointless scenes cement themselves and the whole mystery becomes increasingly ragged with bits and pieces from other slasher flicks that aren't hard to pick up on. When it came to the sudden climax.. it had me thinking "was that it"!? Also the final scene was a bit puzzling in what it was trying to accomplish with the suggestion. The concept could've used some blatant energy to help with the stalk and slash moments too. Hence you know you're in for a jagged time when the murder scenes are even more boring than what's happening in between them.

The film's production is well made and it might be a highly unoriginal slasher, but what killed it for me was that is was so dead flat and tame in its execution that it just moulders away without much of a spark.


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