The Last Winter
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If you are a fan of moody, thought-provoking thillers drenched in melancholia (very close in tone to something like John Carpenter's The Thing) then this film is for you.
If you gravitate towards the more popular, mainstream horror fare or just the gory stuff, try watching this with an open mind and hopefully expand your horizons!
A truly excellent genre film.
It's a work of fantasy, people. If you don't happen to subscribe to current global-warming theories, this movie isn't attempting to change your mind. I mean, tying global warming to vengeful supernatural entities that may or may not exist outside of the minds of the protagonists? Do any of these reviewers really think Larry Fessenden is trying to suggest that this is what's really going on with the environment?
It struck me more as a "what if" film. If I watch a film about a young girl possessed by demonic entities, I don't base my enjoyment of it on whether or not I believe in god, the devil, or the minions of either.
I can enjoy The Exorcist, whether or not I believe that the events it depicts could happen in real life..
(puts soapbox away)
The Last Winter is slow, but very atmospheric. Comparisons to the John Carpenter version of The Thing are pretty apt, with regards to setting and tone, although The Last Winter is far less bleak and paranoid, and the characters are more appealing.
It certainly takes its time developing and the effects are modest, but fairly effective. Or maybe I just have a soft-spot in my heart for daemonic elk? Some very nice performances, as well, although Ron Pearlman's character is perhaps a bit overdone. The swooping camera movement that mimics the viewpoint of the crows (ravens?) that appear in the film as they fly over the survey camp was a very nice touch.Read more ›
It has a slow burn. It leaves a lot to the imagination..and the ending doesn't tie up things
in a little bow. If you want literal by-the-numbers "scariness" then DON'T check out this movie.
Don't get me wrong, I love a good slasher film myself. This movie is not that kind of horror film.
Personally, I found THE LAST WINTER to be a truly original story, with tight and restrained writing..
balanced out with great character actors and a moral that doesn't end up being overly preachy.
I thought it was very smart. LeGros' character, Hoffman was my favorite character..and as much as I love Ron Perlman, I found his character to be the most stereotypical and "stock"-oriented.
However, I think that the best character in the movie is the landscape and the overall
"personality" of the scenery. The cinematography in this film is just beautiful.
Thematically and stylistically this film brings to mind John Carpenter's THE THING,
THE BIRDS by Hitchcock, and even ALIEN and SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES.
You can tell that Fessenden is a huge fan of Kubrick and Kurosawa as well. He does
A LOT with very little. That's masterful film making to me.
I really love horror flicks and I dig the entire spectrum; from B-movie splatter-fests to
atmospheric haunting psychological thrillers. THE LAST WINTER really fits into this
latter category with style, dread, and a seriously frightening message.
I liked this film quite a bit...I watched twice back to back and found some
beautifully subtle characterizations and gems of scriptwriting that you won't find in a first viewing.
Again, I understand why someone wouldn't dig it.
I hope I made it clear why I DO!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchase this movie because of actor Pato Hoffman, but of courses they use Ron Perlman as the main actor and showing more of him. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bertha Aguirre
Well, at least I wasn't the only person to be taken in by the dvd cover, but some of these covers, and some of these reviews, are downright lies, and there ought to be a law... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Melvyn Bowler
First of all I watched over and hour of this movie and still didn't understand what happened? Oil, environmental crisis, Windingo's all over the place and oh, prehistoric dinosaur... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tandreia Santini
I absolutely had nothing better to do than watch this movie. Nothing new. What a waste of time.Published 8 months ago by Lucy B
An interesting movie that has a range of good and bad points.
A brief synopsis would be that here we have a small group of people in a very harsh environment who start... Read more
I seen this when it was first released and after watching it again recently, I like it even more. A film with a message disguised as a supernatural thriller. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Randall Reisz