EDEN LODGE (2015) Reviews and overview

 

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‘Enjoy your stay’

Eden Lodge is a 2015 released British horror film co-produced, written and directed by Andreas Prodromou (In the Red [short]). The Lost Boys Pictures production had the working title Breakdown and was obviously retitled, with artwork to match, to cash in on seminal ‘hoodie’ horror hit Eden Lake (2008).

The Lost Boy Pictures production stars Georgina Blackledge, Cyd Casados (The Boogeyman), Ivy Corbin, Ellie Dickens, Ben Gardner Gray (Kidulthood), Georgio Costa Houtris, James Killeen, Aggy Kukawka, Garry Mannion.

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A young family is stranded at the Eden Lodge. The people they meet are being killed one by one. They must fight to save their marriage, their family, and most of all their lives…

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Reviews:

Stuck in release limbo for at least a couple of years, Eden Lodge is a somewhat clichéd, class-ridden slasher pic that seems to want to replicate the downbeat aesthetics of Pete Walker‘s 1970s Brit horror.

For a low-budget production, technical credits and acting are all respectable, and there’s grim drama, for sure. The resulting film is fairly bland, yet not all bad, and perhaps worth a look if only to consider the strange development of what constitutes low-budget UK horror in the 21st century.

Adrian J Smith, MOVIES and MANIA

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“Competent acting can’t save this un-scary and utterly derivative Brit-horror which is a shame because there are a lot of badly acted horrors with better plots and ideas than this sorry exercise in how to bore an audience silly. That the director has put in enough effort to present this as a professionally produced movie it’s a bitter pill to swallow that all his efforts have been misdirected.” BritPic

” …Eden Lodge as a whole is a misfire with a tone which is inconsistent, lots of cliches thrown together and acting which is not always good. But I have to give credit to whoever it was who came up with the opening credit sequence as that was quite impressive.” The Movie Scene

” …the film has its moments of cool, while on the other, it does drag in various spots. So if you’re gonna go into this one, go in with the knowledge that the film is lackluster yet watchable.” The Other View

” …an awesome pre-credits scene which sees a pair of hikers, Nancy Craven and Laurie Carpenter (geddit!), trying to get to their stopover. Some quality practical FX which segues into a killer title sequence ultimately hits a height for which the only way is down. A classic whodunit at heart, Andreas Prodromou’s film just becomes plodding and predictable…” The Schlock Pit

” …it’s all so familiar and the twists are so heavily signposted that it’s unable to be anything more than the sum of its rather meagre parts. It looks fine for a low budget production, but the characters are banal, the acting poor and the violence gratuitous.” The Wild Eye

Choice dialogue:

“Why do we punish those who are closest to us? I suppose it’s because we love them most of all.”

“Shut your demon mouth!”

Release:

Eden Lodge was released on DVD in the UK on August 31, 2015, by Signature Entertainment.

Production:

Apparently shot in 2012 as Breakdown

Cast and characters:

Aggy K. Adams … Pomona (as Aggy Kukawka)
Georgina Blackledge … Nancy Craven
Cyd Casados … Rachel Adams
Ivy Corbin … Laurie Carpenter
Ellie Dickens … Mrs Wilkes
Dominic Farrell … Mrs Wilkes’s assistant
Ben Gardner Gray … Adam Michaels
Georgio Costa Houtris … Alfie Michaels
James Killeen … David Wilkes
Garry Mannion … Robert Cady
Andrew McDonald … Frank Wiley
Jake Unsworth … Aaron Boyle

Technical details:

80 minutes

Trailer: