Earlier on this year, we ran a story detailing how BBC Four had picked up Swedish thriller, Black Lake (Svartsjön in its native language). It signified a slight change in approach for the channel, who we heard was looking for something a little different from the usual ‘Nordic Noir’ (although we have series two of Witnesses and series six of Spiral coming up before Christmas, and then the last series of The Bridge early in 2018… so not too different, then). The snowy-looking Black Lake has more of a horror feel to it, and it’ll start and finish as the nights draw in and autumn really kicks in, which is perfect timing, really. Now we know when it will start.
Before we get to the transmission date, let’s take a look at the story.
Sinister events engulf young and ambitious Johan and his friends when they visit the abandoned Black Lake ski resort, the scene of a horrific crime. Remote and neglected, Black Lake has been closed for years. Johan invites his friends there on a test trip, with the idea of reopening the resort. They are soon gripped by a series of disturbing experiences. On the very first night, Johan’s girlfriend, Hanne, is woken by a sickening thudding noise coming from the cellar. The landlord refuses to let them investigate. It turns out the resort was closed after a family were found dead, strangled. One by one, members of the group wake with bloodshot eyes following nightmares of being strangled. With fear and danger spiraling, Hanne becomes convinced that supernatural forces wish them ill. Who can be trusted? Who will survive?
Sarah-Sofie Boussina, Filip Berg, Mathilde Norholt, Valter Skarsgård and Victor von Schirach make up the cast of this eight-part series.
Black Lake: Saturday 16th September, 9pm, BBC Four