In 1960 four Finish teenagers were brutally murdered whilst camping on the shores of Lake Bodom. The killer has never been caught and theories still abound in Finnish culture. Lake Bodom, from writer director Taneli Mustonen is about a group of teenagers wanting to put one such theory to test by going out to Lake Bodom and recreating as much as possible that night in order to lure out the killer who may or may not still be living out n the woods. Elias (Mikael Gabriel) and Atte (Santeri Helinheimo Mantyla) dupe girls Ida (Nelly Hirst-Gee) and Nora (Mimosa Willamo) into taking a trip to the murder site by claiming they’re going to a cabin party. Then..guess what? They actually start dying. I KNOW. Shocker.
This is the premise for a teen horror movie that has as many twists and turns as erm…a twisty turny road. Sadly this is to its detriment and like the boy who cried wolf one starts to lose interest in repeated red herrings.
To be fair the first twist is actually quite good if staggeringly misogynistic. From then it all becomes a bit convoluted and I stopped caring. It’s impossible to say much else about the plot without ruining it so I will stop there.
Lake Bodom is actually beautifully shot and the four teens all have a good deal of charisma and charm, it’s just a bit…meh.