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Lake Bodom (2016)

Bodom (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 18 May 2017 (USA)
Every camper's worst nightmare came true at Lake Bodom in 1960 when four teenagers were stabbed to death while sleeping in their tent.


Taneli Mustonen

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Cast overview:
Nelly Hirst-Gee Nelly Hirst-Gee ... Ida-Maria
Mimosa Willamo ... Nora
Mikael Gabriel Mikael Gabriel ... Elias
Santeri Helinheimo Mäntylä Santeri Helinheimo Mäntylä ... Atte
Pirjo Moilanen Pirjo Moilanen ... Mother (as Pirjo Lankinen)
Ilkka Heiskanen Ilkka Heiskanen ... Father
Sami Eerola Sami Eerola ... Hiker
Otso Ahosola Otso Ahosola ... Young hiker
Ville Saksela Ville Saksela ... Young man
Iiris Kankkunen Iiris Kankkunen ... Young woman
Tommi Korpela ... Hiker (voice)
Jarkko Niemi ... Young man (voice)


Every camper's worst nightmare came true at Lake Bodom in 1960 when four teenagers were stabbed to death while sleeping in their tent.

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18 May 2017 (USA) See more »

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€1,100,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Finnish extreme metal band Children of Bodom took their name from the true story that inspired this film. See more »


Volvo car in movie is 1974 model. It has old black Finnish license plates. These license plates were used in new cars in Finland until 1972. 1974 Volvo would get white more modern license plates. See more »

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"Lake Bodom" serves up interesting twists but ends badly.
8 April 2017 | by stu-00329See all my reviews

This film (in Finnish with English subtitles) riffs off a real-life unsolved crime in 1960, in which two teenage couples were stabbed and bludgeoned during the night while camping by Lake Bodom, near Espoo, Finland. Three of the four were killed, the fourth injured severely.

In the movie, directed by Taneli Mustonen, another set of teens – two girls and two guys – camp at the site where the 1960 incident took place. The guys ostensibly want to re-enact the crime to test a theory. To lure the girls into coming along, the guys tell them they're going go a party at a lakeside cabin. The girls play along but have their own agendas.

It's never clear that the characters are two couples. Elias (Mikael Gabriel) and Nora (Mimosa Willamo) swim together in their underwear and then retreat to the tent, but the film is ambiguous about what, if any, shenanigans take place therein. Ida (Nelly Hirst-Gee) and Atte (Santeri Helinheimo Mäntylä) hang out by the campfire until they decide it's safe to join their friends in the tent – that Elias and Nora probably are done doing whatever they were doing.

But if that last point implies that Elias and Nora were fooling around, one might expect them to die first, according to convention for slasher films. Instead, socially awkward Atte is the first to go, stabbed from behind while poking his head into the tent to speak with Ida, who can't see the attacker.

Elias is the alpha male, a heavily tattooed, Polynesian-looking guy who seems out of place in rural Finland. Atte is a geek, a long-haired guy with self-esteem issues. Ida is a stunning blonde trying to emerge from a dark period in her past, her face masked in sadness. Her friend Nora is wild, tomboyish brunette.

Like many Scandinavian films, Lake Bodem is visually dark and austere. The production quality is professional, and there is some interesting camera work.

As the various teens' agendas emerge, the plot takes a number of surprising twists, perhaps too many. I found the conclusion to be muddled, with little explanation or motive.

Variety reported in February that the AMC Networks-backed genre streaming service Shudder had picked up the rights to Lake Bodom and would start streaming it in May 2017.


Stu Robinson does writing, editing, media relations and social media through his business, Phoenix-based Lightbulb Communications.

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