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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sara
... Felix
Jenny Ulving ... Therese
Peter Eggers ... Leo
... Amanda
Daniel Larsson ... Måns
Frans Wiklund ... Yngve
Erik Hultqvist ... Markus
... Thomas
Kerstin Steinbach ... Laila
... Professor Ek
Anders Ahlbom ... Bengt (as Anders Ahlbom Rosendahl)
... Anna-Lisa
... Pappan
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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15 October 2004 (Sweden)  »

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Leyenda de fantasmas  »

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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 »

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It's very unlikely that the locker of a student who committed suicide would still be filled with her belongings the year after her death. Why did the police not confiscate her belongings in the following investigation or did the school empty her locker? See more »

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Måns: You were not supposed to rape her.
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Generic Hollywood teen slasher... in Swedish
13 March 2005 | by See 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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