Jenny and boyfriend Steve goes away to get a nice and romantic weekend by a lake in the middle of the woods outside of a small town, but are disturbed by a gang of obnoxious kids. After a small confrontation regarding their loud music and the dog they let run free on the beach, it all blows out of proportion. The kids' rude behavior becomes rage and finally pure evil.
We normally don't review just any new horror movie we see, especially if they are remotely mainstream, but some films belong here, be it for how shitty and overrated they are, or sometimes because they just take us by surprise. "Eden Lake" is just that, a movie that took me by surprise. I dislike alot of mainstream films that has been pumping out of Hollywood's rectum during the recent years, anything from the "The Hills Have Eyes" remake to the stupid "The Grudge" flicks, to the god awful "Planet Terror". There's only been a handful of good popular horror movies lately, and three of my favorites are "Them" ("Ils"), "Vacancy" and "The Strangers". While all three films might not be masterpieces, they were all very good and had me hooked. They are the kind of flicks that get my adrenaline going because of non-stop chasing through the entire film, along with good acting and realistic events. "Eden Lake" is one of those films.
A young couple becomes terrorized by a group of shitty fucking kids, and we're introduced to them in the first 10 minutes or so, and from there it only becomes more suspenseful by time. The thing about the film is that the kids are very well played, so you don't doubt a second that these kids are the exact type of kids that you walked by the other day. Everyone hears about a gang beating or even killing someone atleast once every month on the news, I'm pretty sure about that, so it's a problem we're all aware of and movies like "Eden Lake" will only make you even more scared of it. Just like the movies I mentioned earlier, this film never calms down. Some parts are cliché, but they were done just right for us to accept them. There were only few parts of the film that felt like obvious movie things. Things that could happen, but most likely wouldn't. One is early in the film, and the only reason they have that scene in it is so we'll believe the ending and the actions that comes with it a bit more. The other part unbelievable part is just that, the ending. It's not a bad ending, but it didn't feel real which is a shame because we are brought down from the realism of the film, back down to knowing we're just watching a movie.
The acting is top notch, and I mean everyone's acting. I wouldn't say it's as realistic as it gets, but it certainly doesn't need to be any better than it is. The best actors would be the girl who plays Jenny, and the kid who plays the leader of the shitty kids. A film like this could become just any bad movie if the acting would be bad.
They're not really giving us much gore or nudity, and that would have made me pissed if this was a poorly acted exploitation film, but neither is needed. We have a bunch of blood, but only very little gore. The most graphic would be a wound on the side of the stomach. It is still a very violent film though. Nudity-wise,..well, I would've liked to see Jenny naked, I can't lie about that, but again it's not needed. At all.
I will most likely never watch this film again, unless I want to show it to someone. It's a very good film, but the kids are so god damn obnoxious that I just wanted to strangle every kid in the world. I'm not gonna be the judge if that's a good or bad thing, but the film did what it wanted to do, so that's great in my book. If you want to watch a movie in the likes of the successful "Them", look no further. A well-acted and suspenseful horror/thriller that'll leave a mark in the right audience for a long time to come. Expect a cruel ride because there's truly nothing happy about this little British flick.