English title: Lake of Death
The official opening film at Ramaskrik this year was the Norwegian De Dødes Tjern (Lake of Death)
. This was a mixed experience for me. The film is based on the same story as the older Norwegian film with the same name from 1958, which is a major part of Norwegian film history, and a great, atmospheric horror film. The new version does spin a slightly different story than the original, which was some sort of a relief. A plain remake would be pointless in my opinion.
The story itself is good, and apart from some continuity blisters, and holes in the story itself, it is a technically well crafted film. The cinematography, lighting and sound work is all top notch. Also the main character Lillian, played by Iben Akerlie is well portrayed. Almost without uttering a word during the entire film she's able to carry the story well. The problem is that she's the only interesting character in the entire cast. The rest are forgettable, and feel more like extras than actual cast.
In the end, De Dødes Tjern
isn't a bad film, but not all that good either. It does have some good moments, but sadly not enough to make it interesting.