Eden Lake

Eden Lake is a 2008 British horror thriller film written and directed by James Watkins and starring Kelly Reilly , Michael Fassbender and Jack O’Connell . [4] [5]

The film has been awarded most positive reviews, and was nominated for the Empire Award for Best British Film . It is a group of roughly contemporary, films that deal with concerns over ” Broken Britain ” and a fear of ” hoodies “.


Nursery school teacher Jenny and her boyfriend, Steve, travel to a remote lake English countryside. Hiking to the lakeside, they meet Adam, a young boy gathering insects. Relaxing beside the lake, the setting is disrupted by delinquent teenagers and their dog, who have ridden their bicycles to a spot within a few meters of the young couple. After they sleep overnight in their tent, they find their food infested with insects and their victims.

Returning to town for breakfast, Steve has a house with the bikes he thinks belongs to the kids. When no one answers the door, he walks into the house, narrowly escaping the surly homeowner returns. Back at the lake, Steve goes scuba diving while Jenny sleeps on the shore. Steve is trying to get back to the wallet with their keys, and confirms that their car is gone. Returning to town on foot, they avoid collision with their car, driven recklessly through the woods by the leading sociopathic gang, Brett.

Finding the gang in the woods after nightfall, Steve asks the return of his belongings, only to be attacked by the knife wielding teens. In the scuffle, Brett’s dog is deadly knifed, firing Brett’s lust for revenge. The couple grab their keys and drive off, but the gang attacks with stones and Steve crashes in the dark forest. Steve is trapped and Jenny runs for help.

At daybreak, Jenny sees Steve in a small clearing. Brett forces each (reluctant) teen to torture Steve while female gang member (and Brett’s psychopathic equivalent) Paige records it on her phone, so that they now have no choice but to kill him. The gang spots Jenny and gives chase, giving Steve time to free himself. Jenny evades the gang and finds Steve, unable to nurse his many deep wounds and finds an engagement ring, leading Steve to propose even as he is in severe pain. After Jenny again heads off for help, she insults her foot on a wide spike, her scream attracting the gang. She’s going to go to Adam and pleads her for help.

The gang tie Jenny, and a dead dead Steve, to a pile of wood. Brett forces Adam to set the goodfire while Paige films. Jenny is able to escape and the gang burn Adam to death. Jenny continues to evade the gang, reactively killing gang member who was actually attempting to help her. When the gang finds the body, Brett is thrown into another rage, killing another gang member and causing him to run away from him. Jenny reaches a road and is picked up by a driver who is looking for his brother, Ricky, another gang member. When driving the gang, Jenny panics and steals the van, speeding off towards town and purposefully running over Paige.

She makes it to town, crashing into a fence at a large backyard party. Awaking, she finds herself inside the house and is comforted by a woman. She discovers she is in Brett’s house and heads to the bathroom. Brett’s father and son of the family, the parents of the family. Jenny is confronted by Brett, his father, and party guests. Brett has convinced the parents that you have been sadistically murdered by Jenny and Steve. Upstairs, Brett shuts the door of his room, blocking the sounds of Jenny’s screams as she is presumably killed by Brett’s father. He deletes the videos of the gang’s crimes from Paige’s phone, and then slips on Steve ‘


  • Kelly Reilly as Jenny Greengrass
  • Michael Fassbender as Steve Taylor
  • Jack O’Connell as Brett
  • James Gandhi as Adam
  • Thomas Turgoose as Cooper
  • Bronson Webb as Reece
  • Shaun Dooley as Jon
  • Finn Atkins as Paige
  • Thomas Gill as Ricky
  • James Burrows as Harry
  • Mega Yoedsoel as Hip Hop

Critical reception

Eden Lake mostly received positive reviews. According to review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes , the film is rated as “fresh”, with a score of 80% based on 23 reviews, summing up opinion: “A brutal and effective British hoodie-horror that, despite the clichés, stays on the right side of scary. ” [6]

Dennis Harvey reviewed the film for Variety and said that it was “an effectively harrowing Brit thriller-cum-horror pic,” comparing it to Last House on the Left and Lord of the Flies . [7] The Guardian ‘ s Peter Bradshaw drew parallels with Deliverance , Straw Dogs and Blue Remembered Hills , and Stated That “this looks to me like the best British horror movie in years: nasty, scary and tight as a drum,” Concluding That the movie was “exceptionally well made, ruthlessly extreme, relentlessly upsetting.” [8]

Other criticics, however, have the film, denouncing it as an incitement to class prejudice against working class people in Britain. The Sun condemned the movie’s “nasty suggestion that all working-class people are thugs” [9] while the Daily Telegraph concluded that “this ugly witless movie expresses fear and loathing of ordinary English people”. [9] Left wing writer Owen Jones , in his book Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class cites the film at length as an example of media demonization of proletarian youth via the Chav”Stereotype,” he comments, “Here was a movie that the quasi-bestial lower orders.” [9]

Eden Lake has been linked with other, roughly contemporary, films that deal with concerns over ” Broken Britain ” and a fear of ” hoodies ,” including Harry Brown , The Disappeared , Summer Scars , Outlaw , Robert Carmichael’s Great Ecstasy , Cherry Tree Lane and Heartless . [10]

See also

  • Cinema of the United Kingdom
  • Mathil Mel Poonai , a 2013 Tamil language thriller that bears several similarities to Eden Lake.
  • NH10 , a Hindi movie with Indian Context.


  1. Jump up^ ” EDEN LAKE (18)” . British Board of Film Classification . 2008-06-05 . Retrieved 2013-05-04 .
  2. Jump up^ “Eden Lake” . British Film Institute . London . Retrieved 12 June 2012 .
  3. Jump up^ “Eden Lake (2008)” . Mojo Box Office. 2008-11-06 . Retrieved 2012-02-18 .
  4. Jump up^ “Horror Movie News | Exclusive Interview with the Director of ‘Eden Lake’ | ESplatter.com | The Guide to Horror Movies . ESplatter.com. 2009-01-13 . Retrieved 2012-02-18 .
  5. Jump up^ “Eden Lake Interview: Writer-Director James Watkins” . Bloody Disgusting . Retrieved 2012-02-18 .
  6. Jump up^ Lake Eden atRotten Tomatoes
  7. Jump up^ Harvey, Dennis (November 3, 2008). “Variety Reviews – Eden Lake” . Variety . Retrieved 21 August 2011 .
  8. Jump up^ Bradshaw, Peter (12 September 2008). “Film Review: Eden Lake” . The Guardian . Retrieved 21 August 2011 .
  9. ^ Jump up to:c Jones, Owen (2011). Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class . Verso . pp. 130-131. ISBN  1844678644 .
  10. Jump up^ Graham, Jane (November 5, 2009). “Strike strike hoodies in British cinema” . The Guardian . Retrieved 21 August 2011 .