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Dead of Winter

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"Combines the bleak cold winter terror of 30 DAYS OF NIGHT with the chilling white-knuckle tension of THE SHINING." - Independent Film Quarterly. After leaving a New Year's Eve party, Kevin (Al Santos) and Tiffany (Sandra McCoy) find themselves battling the elements as well as inner demons as they try to make their way out of the deep forest.

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  • Actors: Al Santos, Sandra McCoy, Brian McNamara, Ella Joyce, Ashley Gardner
  • Directors: Brian McNamara
  • Writers: Graham Silver, Robert Egan
  • Producers: Billy Hayes, Buster McCoy, Caroline Toulot, Cassie Ray Allebaugh, Graham Silver
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: November 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FQLMTQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,418 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dead of Winter" on IMDb

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. Schultz VINE VOICE on March 1, 2009
Format: DVD
You might think that you've already seen every possible permutation of the mad slasher stalking the young couple in the woods. However this film, "based on real events," does put a new twist on the theme.

The couple's floundering in the woods gets a little repetitious, and you might think you are guessing the secret of their dilemma. But you probably won't know the whole truth of the matter until the very last frame.

So this film is marginally worth sticking with. But there's another, better film out there with the same title, "Dead of Winter." (Producers seem to be recycling titles with increasing rapidity.) This somewhat older film, starring Mary Steenburgen and Roddy McDowall, is much slicker, more clever - and more frightening. So if you just have time for one chilling snow job - make it the Steenburgen/McDowall film.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Tom's Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWERAUTHOR on March 23, 2010
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I'll keep this short, as don't want this video to take up any more of my time that it already has. This video is just terrible. SPOILER ALERT... if you heard that series of phone calls a few years ago between the two teens who were high on meth in a snowstorm, then called 911 and reported that they were surrounded by minorities who wouldn't answer them (along with other hallucinations), then froze to death unable to find shelter, then you have already heard this ENTIRE plot. I kid you not, this movie is nothing but a ripoff and dramatization of those phone calls. Obviously, if you have heard the calls, then, you know that the two kids are seeing things that aren t there, and can't hurt them. Just hallucinations. How anyone could rate this above a 1 or 2 is beyond me. I respect other's opinions most of the time, but not THIS time. Skip this video and save your money, otherwise you are either going to be disappointed or furious that the filmmakers simply stole that lame storyline from those phone calls (you can hear those calls, by the way, on YouTube - the actual calls are 100x more frightening than this awful excuse for a movie). How this got financed and filmed and found a distributor, I will never know. The investors must be wishing that the film producers were themselves frozen to death from hypothermia. The filmmakers (and I use that term very, very lightly here) owe me 45 minutes of my time (all I could bear watching of this disaster of a movie) and the $2.99 I wasted renting this unoriginal hunk of garbage.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cory T. Shaeffer on December 12, 2008
Format: DVD
If you read the liner notes to this film, there are quotes that compare this film to "The Shining." We won't go THAT far here, although there are moments where the scenery and mood do succeed in creating tension and uncertainty. McNamara obviously draws from Mr. King in that respect, although this movie would compare with more standard King films such as "Riding the Bullet." It is better than most of the Masters of Horror series, though, and if it were not for the banal dialogue and absurd one-liners throughout, the acting by the two lead characters would have put this over the top. But the problem is that while it IS atmospheric and it IS chilling at times, everyone watching it knows what is going on, and the "twist" at the end really is not all that shocking. There is very little blood/gore, very few moments where you will jump or be startled, and the suspensful moments are just too few and far between to make this movie anything more than average.

McNamara deserves points for trying, however, and he does connect on certain thematic elements. In addition, the two young leads in the film deliver performances that should not be overlooked. It is not a total loss, but I would only suggest it as a rental.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. E Jackson on December 10, 2010
Format: DVD
Dead of Winter definitely doesn't deserve all the criticism it has received thus far.

It's about a young boyfriend (and his girlfriend) who are stuck in the woods and basically, it doesn't take long until they BOTH start losing their minds. Something evil is lurking out in those woods, and whatever it is likes to play mind games with their thoughts and makes them do unrational things.

While walking through the woods, both the young man and his girlfriend constantly hear weird, unnatural sounds that make them really nervous, upset and angry. These sounds get to the point that it drives them crazy and fearful for their lives.

These particular scenes create an *amazingly* tense atmosphere. In fact, they work so well that the atmosphere is the number one reason I'm giving Dead of Winter such a high rating of 4 out of 5.

The storyline is pretty good too. The boyfriend and girlfriend keep accusing each other of things they never really did because the eeriness and strange evil inside the woods is making them go crazy, so they get into fights over, for example, who made certain phone calls, and why they shut the lights out on each other upon entering a home, etc.

Of course the other person didn't really DO any of that stuff, but the storyline creates a nice unsettling mystery showing what it's like to see two people go insane.

All the boy and girl wanted is to find a way out of those pesky woods.

Anyway, the storyline is never really confusing because at least you can understand and explain the events most of the time.

However, the ending is pretty terrible if you ask me, and the acting could have been better (especially by the girlfriend). Far from a bad film, however.
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