On the other hand, this is a technically well-made film. The lighting and muted colours give it a nice indie aesthetic and makes it fit in more naturally with the setting, creating a sense of realism in an otherwise visually over-the-top genre. The score is very atmospheric and is what makes the film recognisable as a slasher movie. Without this, it wouldn’t have had any familiarity beyond the lake setting and would have been more of a drama/thriller instead.
If only there had been more development in the writing and the characters, Lake Bodom easily could have been a four-star movie. Its issues with writing are made even more obvious when it’s in contrast with professional camerawork, style and sound. The film is good on a visual level, but the content isn’t as interesting as it tries to be and the attempt to create something new from the slasher genre by using plot twists ends up being more confusing than surprising.
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