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Eden Lake

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United Kingdom · 2008
Rated R · 1h 31m
Director James Watkins
Starring Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender, Jack O'Connell, Finn Atkins
Genre Horror, Thriller

A relentlessly tense and immaculately paced horror-thriller about modern youth gone wild. When a young couple travels to a remote wooded lake for a romantic getaway, their quiet weekend is shattered by an aggressive group of local kids. Rowdiness quickly turns to violence as the teens terrorize the couple in unimaginable ways.

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L.A. Weekly by

As a thriller, Eden Lake absolutely works, but feel-good entertainment it isn’t. Don’t bring a date.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

Seriously bloody horrible in every particular, and uncompromisingly bleak to the very end, this looks to me like the best British horror film in years: nasty, scary and tight as a drum.


The Hollywood Reporter by Ray Bennett

Eden Lake has the trappings of a low-IQ thriller but it's really a contemptible tract feeding the prejudices of the U.K.'s rightwing tabloids that claim the country is overrun by teenagers wielding knives.


Empire by Simon Crook

You don't watch it, you survive it. A battering experience, and the hardest Brit horror in years.


The Telegraph by Tim Robey

This slice of class-baiting British ordeal horror from writer-director James Watkins is potently made. It's also exploitative trash, serving up silly levels of alarmist editorialising about kids today.

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