NEVERLAKE (2013) Reviews and overview

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‘Death lies beneath’

Neverlake is a 2013 Italian horror film directed by Riccardo Paoletti from a screenplay by Manuela Cacciamani and Carlo Longo.

The movie stars Daisy Keeping, David Brandon (StageFright; Beyond Darkness), Joy Tanner, Martin Kashirokov, Lisa Ruth Andreozzi, Alice Belardi, Riccardo Bono, Claudio Ciabatti, Anna Dalton, Davide Frondaroli.


When Jenny, an English teenager who studies in New York, visits her father’s home in Tuscany, Italy, she expected it to be a time to see the world and bond with her father. She soon discovers that this is far from reality.

When Jenny visits the Neverlake, a lake that legend calls “The Lake of Idols” for its healing powers in ancient times, Jenny meets a peculiar group of children.


As she digs further into the mystery of these missing children and their leader Peter, Jenny discovers a world of horrific medical experiments, secrets and lies.

When Jenny is called upon by three thousand year old spirits of the Neverlake to help them retrieve ancient artifacts stolen from the lake she comes face to face with her greatest pain and possibly her greatest pleasure…



“The tight close-ups are quite memorable along with the visuals of opening (and shutting) doors. Paoletti’s filmmaking abilities are extraordinary, and his career will be enjoyable to follow, but unfortunately the plot of Neverlake has a slight tinge of predictability and the Peter character is a huge distraction.” Critical Movie Critics

” …solid tale that rarely drags, and the only thing that distinguishes this from a film made 30 years ago is the crispness of the digital video cinematography and the fact that certain tense scenes are lit not by flashlight, but by iPad, an odd idiosyncrasy that works better than you might expect mostly due to the little attention called to it.” Daily Grindhouse


“It ends as it begins—with Percy Bysshe Shelley—coming full circle and committing to its Romantic horror. Not a masterpiece but worth a look for the sake of its intriguing hint of originality, an unfortunately rare trait in contemporary horror.” HNN


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