Lake Bodom

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Finland | 2016 | 85 minutes | Taneli Mustonen

Bringing exhilarating new twists to the "Don't go in the woods" genre, Lake Bodum is named after the campsite where four teenagers were murdered in 1960. Now, a group of modern teens returns to the site to morbidly reconstruct the murder scenes and find that history is gruesomely repeating itself.

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In an infamous 1960 murder case that remains unsolved to this day, an unknown maniac attacked a group of teenagers camping in a remote lake in Finland. Lake Bodom uses this real-life incident as the spark for an imaginative new twist on the classic don't-go-in-the-woods slasher film, as a group of teens travel to the same campsite half a century later. What true-crime nerd Atte and tattooed Elias haven't told their female companions, religious wallflower Ida and her tomboy best friend Nora, about the trip is that they are planning to reconstruct the exact circumstances of the 1960 murders to solve the mystery. As the reenactment ensues, a darker and bloodier truth begins to emerge-and the real carnage begins. Strikingly filmed to bring out the eerie luminescence of the mist-shrouded forests and featuring a hypnotic electronic score, Lake Bodom is an unabashed throwback to the old-school slasher film. But director Taneli Mustonen isn't simply rehashing genre constructs, instead layering the story with unexpected turns that change power dynamics and highlight the real terrors of teenage life, something infinitely more disturbing than a faceless killer.

Director Biography

Lake Bodom is the third feature from Taneli Mustonen, director of Reunion, the decade's biggest box office hit in Finland. Mustonen was recently named by Variety as one of the Ten Nordic Talents to Track. He is currently working on his fourth feature, the sequel to Reunion, which will hit cinemas just two months after Lake Bodom.

Sponsored by Scarecrow Video, Bill Speidel's Underworld Tour, The Stranger

  • Director: Taneli Mustonen
  • Principal Cast: Nelly Hirst-Gee, Mimosa Willamo, Mikael Gabriel, Santeri Mäntylä
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Finland, Estonia
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 85 minutes
  • Producer: Aleksi Hyvärinen
  • Screenplay: Aleksi Hyvärinen, Taneli Mustonen
  • Cinematographers: Daniel Lindholm
  • Editors: Aleksi Raij
  • Music: Panu Aaltio
  • Awards: Jussi Awards 2017 (Best Sound Design) Screamfest 2017 (Best Actress)
  • Filmography: Reunion (2015) ; Ella and Friends (2012)
  • Language: Finnish, English
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: AMC Shudder
  • International Sales: Film Constellation