Eden Lake
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A romantic weekend in the woods turns into a bloody struggle for survival when a vacationing couple finds their campsite surrounded by an aggressive gang of obnoxious adolescents in the feature directorial debut of My Little Eye screenwriter James Watkins. All nursery school teacher Jenny and her boyfriend, Steve, wanted was a quiet weekend alone, and what better setting for such a romantic retreat than a quiet lake surrounded by a vast forest? Just as Steve is preparing to propose to Jenny, however, their blissful moment of peace is rudely interrupted when their campsite is encircled by a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"An effectively harrowing Brit thriller-cum-horror pic whose yuppie protags' weekend getaway runs violently afoul of the local youth."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"A solid horror thriller worthy of a watch, if only for its insight in to how easily the hive mentality can be formed, and how merciless it can be."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A gruelling, grimly effective British chiller."
‑ Allan Hunter, Screen International
"Daily Mail scaremongering? Possibly. But formidably well-made, all the same."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"It's not long before the claret starts to flow. And it won't be too long before you start eyeing the exit sign."
‑ , Daily Mirror [UK]
"...while Eden Lake is effective, something feels not quite right about cheering for prepubescent kids to get their fatal comeuppance."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, L.A. Weekly
"Well acted, well directed, and totally intense, 'Eden Lake' is the best horror film to come out of the UK in years."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
"A well acted, smartly directed horror flick that's gory, disturbing, terrifying and topical."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Eden Lake: pursuit, persecution, violent death."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"It doesn't fight shy of a truly frightening final twist, which makes it not only bleaker but also more truthful than virtually every other movie in this genre, which all too often is over-populated and under-humanised."
‑ Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK]
"The film's one major fault is that Reilly's character repeatedly acts in ways that serve the plot, but which run contrary to rational human behaviour. By contrast, the shattering downbeat ending is well earned and genuinely shocking."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"It's not your typical "wooded horror" movie, but Eden Lake works exceedingly well, and will probably stick in your gut for a little while."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
"It is impossible not to admire the way Watkins ratchets up the tension in his debut as director (he wrote My Little Eye) and keeps his tale strictly to 90 minutes."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"It is not often that The Sneak feels like walking out of a movie. But this exploitative, patronising and nauseatingly violent take on Britain's yob culture had your critic eyeing up the exit."
‑ , Sun Online
"Frustratingly, there is potential in Watkins' claustrophobic, back-to-nature setting, but, in trying to play 'edgy' with contemporary anxieties, his cooked-to-formula script merely sinks to the level of the gutter press exploiting those fears."
‑ Kevin Harley, Total Film
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