M.L. Miller here! As I go into my tenth year of reviewing horror films, I wanted to go back to the beginning and repost some of the films I loved. Moving on to Year Seven of my year-long Retro-Best in Horror I’m recapping the Countdown beginning officially on October 1, 2016 and going through September 30, 2017. I have posted Best of lists in the past, but a lot of those old reviews haven’t seen the light of day since they were first posted many moons ago. Being the OCD person that I am, I have also worked and reworked the list, looking back at my own choices and shifting them around, and even adding a few that I might have missed or looked over from the year in question. So, if you think you know how these lists are going to turn out, you don’t! Don’t forget to like and share my picks with your pals across the web on your own personal social media. Chime in after the review and let me know what you think of the film, how on the nose or mind-numbingly wrong I am, or most importantly, come up with your own darn list…let’s go!

Released on May 18, 2017! Available on Shudder!


Directed by Taneli Mustonen
Written by Aleksi Hyvärinen, Taneli Mustonen
Starring Nelly Hirst-Gee, Mimosa Willamo, Mikael Gabriel, Santeri Helinheimo Mäntylä, Pirjo Moilanen, Ilkka Heiskanen, Sami Eerola, Otso Ahosola, Ville Saksela, Iiris Kankkunen, Tommi Korpela, Jarkko Niemi,
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This old school slasher film from Finland sure fires out a lot of tried and true tropes well and still manages to feel fresh and ripe full of scares, thrills, chills, and surprises. LAKE BODOM is a mystery thriller fans of slasher films are going to want to get to the…bottom…of…


Bad puns aside, LAKE BODOM is a potent little horror in the woods tale about a quartet of good looking youngsters who decide it’s a good idea to go to the isolated site where a group of campers were massacred in the 1960. What could possibly go wrong?

While the setup and description I give in the above paragraph, one might think one can predict this horror in the woods flick beat for beat, but what makes LAKE BODOM so awesome is the fact that the entire film is absolutely unpredictable. I had no clue where this was going and once the bad stuff starts happening, the film keeps tossing surprises and twists at you right and left until the very end. This is a film filled with impending gloom that something terrible is going to happen to these teens in trouble and delivers on that promise in spades.

The likable cast is what draws you into LAKE BODOM. Specifically, the two main female leads Nelly Hirst-Gee and Mimosa Willamo. Hirst-Gee plays Ida, a straight-laced introvert with a strict father and large family. She has suffered through a horrible scandal at school where someone took photos of her naked and spread them around the school. Hirst-Gee is gorgeous and exudes an innocence that makes you root for her to make it through this nightmare unscathed. She is a powerful young actress with penetrating eyes and I hope to see more from her soon as she really is a lot of why this film works. Willamo plays Nora, Ida’s more bold and tough friend who sticks up for Ida and is trying to make her life normal again. Both actresses play off of one another well and as the story unfolds and their relationship becomes strained, the strength of these two actresses make all of the typical teen angst feel real, powerful, and important.

I don’t want to spoil LAKE BODOM for anyone and my advice for folks is to go into this one without digging too much up about it. It is a film full of intense moments, crazy surprises, and director Taneli Mustonen offers up sights, sounds, angles, and set pieces that will seem familiar to slasher movie fans until he pulls the rug right out from under you. LAKE BODOM is anything but typical and if you’re looking for tried and true tropes done in new exciting ways, this film is going to be necessary viewing for you.

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