This is a classic Norwegian crime fiction movie, based on a novel by Norwegian author André Bjerke, writing as Bernhard Borge (the novel is not translated to English – but see De dodes tjern. The Dead Man’s Pond). It is a psychological thriller about six students that travel out into a cabin in a desolate region of Norway, located next to an idyllic little inlet. They are gathered to discuss the disappearance of a common friend. Each seems to have his or her own theory about it.
One of the stories about this strange place is that a man murdered his sister and his lover here, and then drowned himself in the lake. It is also rumored that at night a crazy man can be heard screaming at a lake nearby the cabin. Then strange things start to happen.
The movie is considered by Norwegians to be one of the five best movies ever made in Norway, and the novel that it is based on as the second best crime fiction novel ever in Norway. The Lake of the Damned was Kåre Bergstrøm’s breakthrough as a director.
It’s a good and interesting crime fiction movie.
- Actors: André Bjerke, Bjørg Engh, Erling Lindahl, Georg Richter, Henki Kolstad
- Directors: Kåre Bergstrøm
- Format: Import, PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Subtitles: English, Norwegian
- Region: Region 2 (NB)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Nordisk
- Run Time: 74 minutes