Eden Lake (2008)

Genre(s): Horror / Thriller
Dimension Extreme || R - 91 minutes - $19.98 || January 6, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-01-08

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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.

.:: A U D I O ::.

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Director: James Watkins
Writer(s): James Watkins (written by)

Theatrical Release Date: October 31, 2008

Supplemental Material:
  • The Making of Eden Lake
  • Theatrical Trailer

Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

Normally I love the whole Indie horror film scene. Iíve seen so many horror films nothing really phases me anymore. Dead bodies? Nope. People being set on fire? Donít even need to blink. Knives being stabbed into peopleís throats? Yawn. Iíve seen all of it before, and all three happen in the film Eden Lake. While not a complete misfire, a lot is left to be desired from this thriller.

Steve (Michael Fassbender) is going to propose to his girlfriend Jenny (Kelly Reilly), and wants to make it special so they drive out to some lake in the middle of nowhere. Hey look, itís your typical horror movie with a couple doing something completely off the wall where something bad is going to happen to them!

They decide to camp out on a lake, only to their dismay while tanning the two run into a group of misfit kids who have their music up too loud. Steve tries to be nice and ask them to stop, but the hoodlums act rude and after a few obscenities he leaves. But thatís not the end, oh no, the kids decide to pull out all the stops to this couple.

Not only do they slash the tires of the couplesí car, the gang decides to hijack their car and screw around with them even more. IT gets worse for Steve and Jenny though, as Steve during a struggle kills the groupís dog, which infuriates them and causes violence to explode from the gang.

So, in the usual true horror fashion, the chase begins for the couple by the kids. These kids by the way are like teenagers, but somehow are smarter than two 30+ year olds? Come on, really? Plus, thereís little to no back story about the children either. Itís just some creepy town with psycho teens that kill people and burn them when they get angry.

The main problem with this film is that it tries to be too violent without giving audiences a reason to be. The kids are clearly psycho, but no reason as to why is given. The violence is there however, and itís not for people who donít like to be shown violence in extremes. So unless youíre a fan of major violence with little plot, this may be a film to pass on.


The Making of Eden Lake (4 minutes): Your standard ďMaking ofĒ feature, which is a hilarious four minutes long. The film had very few special effects, so it wasnít too hard to make obviously.

Finally, the filmís theatrical trailer is presented.


For a film with little special effects, Eden Lake doesnít look terrible. While grain is present in a few scenes, and contrast is slightly off during the night time scenes, there arenít any real eye-popping problems with it. Colors are right on for the most part, and no hinting of artifacts can be found. Itís not demo material by any means, but fans will be pleased to know itís a decent transfer.

On the audio side, the Dolby Digital 5.1 track is average as well. Some of the fight and crash scenes sound great, but dialogue is heavily off throughout the film. The characters speak too lightly or too heavy in some scenes, and it can be a pain to turn up or down the volume depending on the scene. Once again, itís a decent track, but nothing to shout about.


Eden Lake isnít a film for the faint of heart. There are several gruesome scenes in it, but it seems to focus more on them rather than tell a good story. The complete lack of special features is also a surprise, but the audio and video are above average which is good to note. While I canít recommend a purchase, itís a good rental when you have some free time. This lake is lukewarm, so swim with caution.