Five teenage snowboarders are forced to spend the night in a mysteriously abandoned ski lodge. Except somebody – or something – already lives there. It is huge, savage and unstoppable…and now it’s pissed off. But if you think this is going to be the usual ‘trapped teens stalked by a maniac’ movie, you’re dead wrong: From the first chilling kill to the final horrific twist, prepare yourself for the smart, intense and award-winning European sensation that has terrified audiences around the world and put the edge back into the body-count genre.
A hit with European moviegoers in 2007, the Norwegian horror film Cold Prey
is a modestly successful tribute to Stateside slasher films of the '80s and early '90s. The film's core premise follows the tried-and-true tenets of the genre--a gaggle of young and attractive people are waylaid at a remote location, which turns out to be the lair of a homicidal maniac who dispatches them with ruthless precision--but Cold Prey
benefits greatly from director Roar Uthaug's muscular direction, as well as its central location, a remote and snowbound lodge. It also benefits from an emphasis on suspense and atmosphere over gory carnage (though there's a sufficient amount of the latter), and actress Ingrid Bolso Berdal makes for an appealing and resourceful lead. Longtime slasher aficionados will probably predict the final outcome long before it occurs, but the film remains a refreshingly retro alternative to the dour spate of torture-heavy features dominating horror in recent years. The subtitled DVD includes several making-of featurettes, as well as an animatic for an alternate ending and an amusing pair of Uthag's short films, including a faux exploitation trailer. --Paul Gaita
Stills from Cold Prey (Click for larger image)