This Finnish horror film is a tightly-crafted meta-slasher that steers clear of satire or silly parody. Unlike many horror deconstructions, Lake Bodom wears a straight face all the way through, and although things do get a bit dry, I think the dark and serious tone mostly works.
Director-writer duo Taneli Mustonen and Aleksi Hyvärinen weave a simple tale of "boys vs girls" highschool drama into a killer-in-the-woods template, but manage to subvert our expectations about where it'll go and who's behind it all. Modern horror could use this level of talent behind the camera, so I wouldn't be surprised if an American company hires these guys to make a movie eventually. The cast of four good-looking young people do a solid job as well, especially the two female leads.
Lake Bodom is definitely the kind of film you may not fully appreciate until the credits roll, so stick with it! Still, I wasn't totally in love with it. There's a noticeable lack of suspense and scares, which is a lot more obvious without campiness to fill the void. Also, the second act is missing some much-needed energy. That said, it's a well-made and entertaining genre film with an irony-free nod to 80s slasherdom, and I look forward to seeing what the filmmakers do next.
I liked this movie but I realize it's not as good as it should be. It's fun in the sense that it's straight forward and not ashamed to be a horror movie. Where it falls apart is the writing.
The movie has more twists than a M Night Shymalan movie. It's ok at first but starts to wear thin quickly. Mostly because it quits being surprising quickly. It's a bit like a more sincere less idiotic version of the TV show American Horror Story in that sense. Eventually, you're just expecting it. I mean parts of it are fun. You get slashers, Russ Meyer moments, high school bullying, etc. It's just not as integrated as you'd want.
The actresses in this movie are really, really good. They get to do a bit of everything and excel at it. Their male counterparts not so much. Thankfully the gals get the most screen time. Hopefully they get a lot more work.
I don't dislike this. I just can't recommend it without reservations. However, if you're a horror movie fan, it's a good way to spend an evening. It's short and the director shows promise even if things don't work out. Plus, you get to see 2 talented women nail their parts.
Very entertaining slasher flick...Forget your hatred of subtitles, and watch this movie. It starts out a little slow, although eerie, but evolves into something much more interesting and then into some nice, full blown horror. Nice synth track accompanies this one and is perfect for the film. This one does get bloody, but not over the top gore, with some brief strong language(shut your eyes from the subtitles if this bothers you), and very brief nudity. I found it to be a fun watch, and will be viewing this again.
I think it really should be two stars, but since there are subtitles it is hard to tell if they are acting poorly. Its super predictable and I was calling all the "twists" all along the way. I was still entertaining enough to Finnish (see what I did there...because it takes place in Finland....haha), but not good enough to watch again.
Good slasher flick with a few twists, turns, and general creepiness. Can't say much else without giving away the plot, but there are two stories working simultaneously here that merge in a really cool way towards the end. Recommend some popcorn for this one!