Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Eden Lake: Oh Noes!


Every actor should be in a horror film at least once in their career. The horror film genre is completely disrespected as a legitimate career choice to portray a character in. Of course however, like regular mainstream drama or comedies, a horror film that a smart actor chooses should be something that is of good quality. And from what I have heard about Eden Lake, it sounds like it is a good old-fashioned horror film. But what it has going for it for the sake of realism, is that it is a story based in the UK infused with the longstanding problem with “yobs” (a rogue gang of really bad kids) as a real life newsworthy situation that many Britons can probably relate to. Hence the sense of a real fear that it could happen to you. Haven’t you ever watched a horror movie and it scared you even more because the plot had the audacity to be plausible, and the actors expressions of raw terror were damn good, and the blood looked real, and you thought, ‘Cripe, that could happen in real life!’ See?

One would imagine that yobs are strictly concentrated in large urban areas, but with Eden Lake, you have a young, handsome, and happy couple escaping from the city to a beautiful park in the country for a weekend getaway, and there they encounter some mean kids who are hell bent on terrorizing them. Add in a realistic scenario, an isolated large regional park/woods, and sinister evil doers, and you have a great horror movie recipe. I will be on the lookout for my red Netflix envelop today or tomorrow so that I can finally watch Eden Lake.

As an aside, the actress who plays Jenny, Kelly Reilly, has received critical acclaim in her role; as well as Michael, who plays Steve. Horror movies will never get the respect they deserve because film critic snobs think of them more as a creative exercise and a little spice to liven up an actor’s resume with variety, and a way to earn some extra easy money. If anything, I think that screaming and making it look and sound for real, while running around on survival instincts, is a lot more difficult than portraying a yuppy living the high-life while dabbling in some sinful activities.

Late yesterday, BAFTA released their longlist of nominees that contains the final list of performances and films that could be on their final nomination list which will be announced on January 15th. Michael was on the Best Actor list, and Hunger was on the Adapted Screenplay and Director list. Three impressive categories.

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