Director: Chris W. Mitchell
Genre: Drama/ Horror
Runtime: 80 minutes
Starring: Gijs Scholten van Aschat, Carine Crutzen, Bart Klever, Chris Peters, Alex hendricks, Jamie Grant, Katje Herbers
Description: Lennaert (Gijs Scholten van Aschat) takes his wife, two sons, a friend and his daughter on a hiking trip in the woods. After a long search for a spot to set up camp, the father finds a perfect place overlooking a pool. Everybody seems to get settled quickly and when the night falls the two sons listen to a ghost story told by their father's friend at the campfire. The youngest son begins to have strange dreams and bizarre occurrences begin to develop at the camp side.
Review: For us Dutch people camping is the ultimate holiday feeling. Bare feet in the grass, barbequing and a six pack of beer within reach and the kids having fun in the pool or lake. Some people hate it, but in the Dutch horror movie “De Poel” we see how really bad a camping trip can be.
Two families go camping, but choose a place where it’s actually not allowed to set up camp. Lennaert takes his wife SIlke and their two sons Marco and Jan on this trip. Together with Lennaert’s friend Rob and his daughter Emily he wants to make it unforgettable. Lennaert is also the only one who’s excited about the trip. After a day, all their freshly bought meat has gone bad and they have to find their own food. With all that, son Jan starts having weird dreams about the lake and also Lennaert sees visions and hears voices.
The scenario is strong and the characters are well written too. This horror flick doesn’t have a lot of gore, but it’s more focused on the atmosphere. No shock effects and it actually doesn’t really feel like a horror movie. It’s not a scary film, it’s more a thriller.
The acting is good, especially Gijs Scholten van Aschat and Carice Crutzen stand out. The other actors are all above average as well.
“De Poel” is a pretty good film, but shouldn’t be titled as a horror movie.
Rating: 3/ 5