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.
Give it a shot. You may be surprised.
A brief synopsis would be that here we have a small group of people in a very harsh environment who start to experience supernatural things. A sort of cabin fever sets in and they hold on to their reason to differing extents. The fact that this is played out in the harsh arctic adds a different dimension to things. As per any extreme of nature, you only need a couple of minor things to go wrong before you are deeply in trouble. Throw in people losing their minds - or having their minds messed with by the supernatural - is hardly going to help.....
Outside of Ron Perlman there are no really big names here for my mind and the acting isn't always brilliant. But it is steady enough and given what appears to have been a limited budget the movie gets the job done that it set out to do. And this has been achieved through old fashioned suspense and through the movie not really bothering to explain much what on earth is the nature of the supernatural. In many movies you get that mapped out for you. That X sort of monster wants Y to happen. Here it is more vague. And again, the setting of the film is part of the reason it works. The sense of tension would not be anywhere near as high without the film conveying a sense of isolation.
This is a three star movie. At the end of the day it is a fun Sunday afternoon flick to watch. Or as a gift for the horror fan in your circle of friends.
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 ›
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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 9 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 12 months ago by Melvyn Bowler
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I absolutely had nothing better to do than watch this movie. Nothing new. What a waste of time.Published 14 months ago by Lucy B
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 17 months ago by Randall Reisz