World Horror Cinema: Norway
By Sam Reeve
My rating: 8/10
Often cited as the best Norwegian horror film, and by many critics is considered one of the best Norwegian films overall, Lake of the Dead would now seem more a murder mystery than a true horror. Regardless of its classification, Lake of the Dead has a great story and cast, and plenty of murder and creepiness to keep you satisfied.
Lillian, her fiance Harald, and four of their friends go to visit her brother Bjorn at his cabin in the woods. When they arrive, he isn’t there, and they soon discover his dog’s body and some strange tracks suggesting he threw himself into the lake. A local policeman tells them the story surrounding the lake: many years before, almost to that very day, a man who loved his sister murdered her and her lover before drowning himself in the lake, too. He owned the cabin and is said to haunt those who spend the night.
Strange things start happening, like Lillian being called to throw herself in the lake while sleeping, and soon the group figures out they’re not alone in those woods. They band together to solve the mystery and catch their terrorizer, but will they figure it out before they get picked off? You’ll have to find out…
Lake of the Dead was a great mystery/horror if you’re a fan of the old black and white stuff. It’s certainly not too scary by modern standards, but it’s a nice break to see some classy Norskis romping around in sweaters and solving the mystery instead of being hacked to bits when they get caught humping. There’s a fair bit of comic relief, witty dialogue and a damned good mystery that I certainly never would’ve solved, so I loved it.
Unfortunately I couldn’t find a trailer or any clips to share, but the full movie is below for your viewing pleasure. Seen this classic? Let us know what you think in the comments below!