Lake of Death (2019) reviews and overview

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‘There are some nightmares you never wake up from’

Lake of Death is a 2019 Norwegian horror feature film about a small group of friends who a battle to survive in the middle of the darkest forests and deepest fjords. The original title is De dødes tjern

Written and directed by Nini Bull Robsahm (Manhunt; Amnesia), the Canopy Film production stars Patrick Walshe McBride, Ulric von der Esch, Iben Akerlie and Jonathan Harboe. Produced by Thomas Robsahm and Fredrik Pryser.

The film is based on the 1958 Lake of the Dead which itself is an adaptation of a 1942 novel.


Lillan (Iben Akerlie) and some friends travel back to the remote cabin by the little lake, where her twin brother died last year, and soon after arriving strange things starts happening…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Visually, it’s gorgeous. The natural landscape enriches the dreamlike quality of the film. It’s well-executed too, which means that Robsahm has assembled an easily digestible horror movie with an engaging retro feel that doesn’t overcomplicate itself. It’s prone to cliched genre pitfalls and silly character choices but entertains nonetheless.” Bloody Disgusting

“Akerlie is good as the seemingly near-catatonic heroine, and features in one gothic set-piece – apparently referencing the old film – as she takes a long walk off a short jetty in a white nightgown and plunges into dark waters for an eerie underwater sequence. The other characters spend most of the film acting over-jovial or over-suspicious, but that’s part of the game. As in many Scandi-horror movies, the scenery is spectacular even if the storyline feels familiar.” The Kim Newman Web Site

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Lake of Death was released in Norway on 1st November 2019. It will stream on Shudder from July 16th 2020.

Cast and characters:

• Patrick Walshe McBride … Bjørn
• Ulric von der Esch … Kai
• Iben Akerlie … Lillian
• Jonathan Harboe … Gabriel
• Elias Munk … Harald
• Jakob Schøyen Andersen … Bernhard
• Sophia Lie … Sonja

Technical details:

• 94 minutes
• Aspect ratio: 2.35: 1


Lake of the Dead aka Lake of the Damned – Norway, 1958 – reviews

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