Eden Lake - Typically British

Topics: Horror film, Film, Social class Pages: 2 (740 words) Published: January 9, 2013
How far are the story lines in the film you have studied typically British?

Stephen Taylor invites his girlfriend, a nursery teacher (Jenny), to spend the weekend in Eden Lake, an idyllic and remote place in the woods. However, what Steve really wants to do while they are away is propose to Jenny. While camping at the lake shore, they are disturbed by a gang of youths. The next day, the couple realizes that they have been robbed and are stranded in the woods without their car. While walking through the forest trying to reach the road, Steve and Jenny meet the gang and they are brutally attacked. Steve is captured by the youths while Jenny is seeks a way out of the woods with the criminals chasing her. This type of narrative shows a typical British Horror film because we see; the blood from where charcters have been attacked, the weapons used, charcters being issolated, vast forest spaces, the girl being left on her own to defend for herself and so on. However this also contradicts what a British Horror film is because we don't see the normal story line to a film. When people normally think of British Horror movies they think of; a dangerous/villian man, the ghost/monster like character or the atmospheric music used within the film. However with Eden Lake the villian is a group of youths which is very different to the stereotypical Birtish Horror films so this gives the film a piece of originallity.

The characters within Eden Lake make the film British immediately because they are British themselves so they will not have to use an accent as much whilst acting or change much about themselves. We see the likes of actors Jack O’Connell, Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender and others. These are highly rated and well known British actors playing the characters in Eden Lake. The characters within the film also show the difference between certain classes within Britain. Them being; middle and lower class. The middle class characters being...
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