Cryptid kicks off in what look like Nordic Noir style in a placid Swedish lakeside village of Mörkstad. But the sudden dramatic death of the high-school jock appeals far more to the cannons of YA gore. A group of students set out to explain the bamboozling death. They are drawn, however, in classic horror movie style, to the shores of the local lake, where four teens disappeared years before, dragged under its waters. The school authorities and parents refuse to believe that anything is awry: When one student, who has witnessed the death, returns home, traumatized by the demise, over dinner his father prefers to talk about a recent exhibition than the extraordinary and inexplicable event at school.