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Eden Lake (2008)

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Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences.

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James Watkins

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James Watkins
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly Reilly ... Jenny
Michael Fassbender ... Steve
Tara Ellis Tara Ellis ... Abi
Jack O'Connell ... Brett
Finn Atkins ... Paige
Jumayn Hunter ... Mark
Thomas Turgoose ... Cooper
James Burrows James Burrows ... Harry
Tom Gill Tom Gill ... Ricky (as Thomas Gill)
Lorraine Bruce ... Tanya
Shaun Dooley ... Jon
James Gandhi James Gandhi ... Adam
Bronson Webb ... Reece
Lorraine Stanley ... Nat
Rachel Gleaves Rachel Gleaves ... Mel
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Storyline

Nursery teacher Jenny and her boyfriend Steve, escape for a romantic weekend away. Steve, planning to propose, has found an idyllic setting: a remote lake enclosed by woodlands and seemingly deserted. The couple's peace is shattered when a gang of obnoxious kids encircles their campsite. Reveling in provoking the adults, the gang steals the couple's belongings and vandalizes their car leaving them completely stranded. When Steve confronts them, tempers flare and he suffers a shocking and violent attack. Fleeing for help, Jenny is subject to a brutal and relentless game of cat-and-mouse as she desperately tries to evade her young pursuers and find her way out of the woods. Written by Pathe International

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A weekend by the lake, with views to die for. See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive language, some nudity and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Terrors See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£192,027 (United Kingdom), 14 September 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,824, 2 November 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,824, 2 November 2008
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Dolby Digital | DTS (5.1)

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shaun Dooley, who played Jon in this movie, has some experience with disruptive teens. He starred as Greg in the BBC drama Misfits: Episode #3.8 (2011) See more »

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When Bonnie the Rottweiler sneezes over Jenny (during the beach scene), Brett the animal's owner, shouts "come here girl". Either he's thicker than thick or the Rottweiler has an identity crisis because it is clearly a boy dog. See more »

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Brett: Follow the blood!
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Grisly and upsetting - fantastic modern horror!
2 March 2009 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

I don't think I'm the only one that has been less than impressed with the bulk of the horror films released in 2008; most of what's on offer could be categorised as either a useless Hostel/Saw clone or yet another remake, and it's disappointing considering the excellent releases earlier in the decade. Eden Lake may not score highly in the originality stakes, but the fact that it's so well done more than makes up for the fact that any serious genre fan is likely to have seen films just like this one before. The plot focuses on a young loved up couple; a primary school teacher and her boyfriend Steve. They decide to go to an old disused quarry for a romantic weekend, but find their idyllic peace disrupted when a group of young thugs begin harassing them. Naturally, the couple won't allow their weekend to be spoiled by a bunch of kids, but as the situation escalates; the couple begin to realise that the youngsters are rather more dangerous than first thought, and their trip soon turns into a nightmare.

Eden Lake would be best described as 'survival horror' and works mainly due to the realism. The two characters at the centre of the film are both likable and their actions are always understandable, which makes them easy enough to get on with. When the trouble first starts, it doesn't seem like anything too far out of the ordinary; and the director does a good job of building up to the first problem, before letting things escalate at a steady and exciting pace. One of the things I liked most about the film is the setting. The disused quarry and woods where everything happens is really beautiful and this brilliantly offsets the grisly violence. The violence takes a while to kick in, but that makes it all the more shocking when it does. There's nothing over the top in this film; everything is kept at a reasonable level, but the fact that the director has made us care about the characters and their fates makes the film hard to watch at times. The antagonists are a group of kids and while they at first seem like only a small threat; they do become pretty formidable as the film moves on. Overall, this is a fantastic horror movie that fans of the genre won't want to miss, and it also stands tall as one of the best British films in years! Highly recommended.


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