First Look: British Horror Flick Eden Lake's Poster
I'm always up for a good foreign horror movie. Dare I say that these days crossing either pond is almost the only way to find humble gems of the genre. Earlier this year the Weinsteins acquired North American rights to a UK-thriller, Eden Lake, for which Rotten Tomatoes brings us an exclusive first look at the film's UK poster. While importing a scare definitely piques my interest, Eden Lake's poster looks awfully familiar, but I still have hope considering the writer-director's comments to Fangoria back in May. "We show people's heads on fire, neck-stabbing with glass, stomach-slashing revealing intestines and kidneys and metal spikes through feet. Gritty realism in moments of ramped-up tension." Interested?
"When nursery teacher Jenny (Kelly Reilly) escapes to the country for a relaxing weekend away with her boyfriend, she is unaware of a romantic surprise he has in store. The location is perfect. A lake enclosed by woodlands, seemingly deserted. The scene is set for a picturesque proposal. But before the happy couple can enjoy the retreat, their peace is shattered by a gang of violent youths. What begins is a shocking and unrelenting game of cat-and-mouse, as Jenny is forced to fight back against her aggressors."
Now, if you saw the 2006 French horror film, Them, I imagine you have a deja-vu look on your face right about now. That film surrounded a young couple in a secluded, wooded house who was toyed with by a band of psychotic youths, and presumably was the inspiration for The Strangers released earlier this year. In fact, one of the lead nut-jobs chasing down the female protagonist in Them wore a hood the entire time, not unlike the character you can see in the poster. All in all, I think we've been here before.
It's interesting how the poster seems to show four classes of bad dudes. Going from right to left, you seemingly have the regular level-headed guy calmly standing upright, hands in pockets; then there's the hooded, quietly nutty one; then the group's muscle, looming large like he's about to strike; and then the really crazy one, who tilts his head in almost curious amusement. I might be going too far here, but I think the visual hints at a interesting spectrum of villains. If this is true, points to writer and first-time director James Watkins. I'll try not to hold the fact that Watkins is a writer on The Descent 2 against the film.
So what do you think? Is this more or less a rerun, or something worth keeping an eye on? Bear in mind, the couple is played by English actress Kelly Reilly (Pride and Prejudice) and Michael Fassbender, the wild-eyed Spartan from 300. It could be worse, I suppose…