Music directorGunnar Sonstevold Duration LanguageNorwegian
Release dateDecember 17, 1958 WriterKare Bergstrom, Andre Bjerke (novel) CastAndré Bjerke (Gabriel Mørk), Bjørg Engh (Sonja), Henki Kolstad (Bernhard Borge), Per Lillo-Stenberg (Bjørn Werner), Erling Lindahl (Kai Bugge), Henny Moan (Liljan Werner) Similar moviesNorwegian language movies, Mysteries, Horror movies
Lake of the Dead (In Norwegian; De dødes tjern, also known as Lake of the damned) is a 1958 Norwegian horror film directed by Kåre Bergstrøm. The film stars Henki Kolstad, Henny Moan and Georg Richter.
The film takes place 20–23 August 1958. Crime Author Bernhard Borge and his wife Sonja, psychoanalyst Kai Bugge, magazine editor Gabriel Mørk, lawyer Harald Gran and his fiancée Liljan Werner are six Oslo people who will visit Bjørn Werner (Liljan brother) in his cabin deep in the Østerdal forests. But, when the guests arrive, Werner is missing and his dog is found dead at a pond nearby. It's not long before they begin to ponder the old legend that is associated with the place: a man is said to have killed his sister and her lover and then drowned himself in the lake. It is said that everyone who stays in the house—the murder's cabin—would be possessed by a strange attraction: They would be forced to drown themselves in the pond. The company decides to solve the mystery, but soon it appears that they are exposed to the mysterious, fascinating powers that are tied to the lake.
André Bjerke as Gabriel Mørk
Bjørg Engh as Sonja, Bernhard's wife
Henki Kolstad as Bernhard Borge, crime writer
Per Lillo-Stenberg as Bjørn Werner, Liljans brother
Erling Lindahl as Kai Bugge, psychologist
Henny Moan as Liljan Werner
Øyvind Øyen as Bråten, policeman
Georg Richter as Harald Gran
Leif Sommerstad as Tore Gruvik, the ghost
Inger Teien as Eva, Bjørn's girlfriend
The movie is based on the 1942 novel by the same name, written by André Bjerke, the movie is shot all Black-and-white.
Lake of the Dead was nominated as the fourth-best film of all time in Norway in a test developed by Dagbladet in 1998, were 101 movie critics gave Norwegian movies points. Lake of the Dead is in strong competition with Villmark for the title of the best Norwegian horror movie of all time. Both movies take place by a lake. A DVD was released October 14, 2009, with an English subtitled feature. Before that, the movie was hardly known outside of Norway.