A month has passed since the rather tiring Frightfest weekend sponsored by Film4 so there has been time to allow the immediate to be replaced by a more considered opinion - though not any great change of heart.
The opening film is a British effort set somewhere in a rural part of the commuter belt round London (at least one reviewer places it in the Midlands but I think wrongly so) which tells how a couple are terroried by a gang of local youths whose path they cross in a bucolic seting which is presumably meant to point up the difference between superficial appearance and 'reality'. Better done than many recent British horror films, it has some resonance with films such as "A Clockwork Orange' and 'Them' (not the ants one) while tending to reinforce the feelings of ther well-to-do about the 'lower' classes being a bunch of ill-behaved criminals which is far from the truth for the most part.
I KNOW HOW MANY RUNS YOU SCORED LAST SUMMER
An Australian comedy horror which should have stayed there.
I'm I guess pleasantly surprised at how well reviewed 'Eden Lake' has been (at least in the British press); I doubt the reviews will by quite so glowing in other markets.