Monday, October 6, 2014

October Horror Movie Challenge - Cold Prey (2006)

Synopsis: Five young people embark on a snowboarding trip to Jotunheimen. They are forced to take shelter in an abandoned hotel when one of their number breaks his leg and the car is too far away to reach before nightfall. They quickly discover that the hotel was closed in the 70's due to the disappearance of the manager's son. Unknown to them, someone still lives in the hotel... and he doesn't like guests.

The Good: I hate to hype things too much, but in my opinion this is the best slasher movie to come out of the 21st century so far. The cast is small, the group of older teens/early 20 somethings., the killer, a young boy seen at the beginning of the film (and his parents which are soon in news footage).  You have the big brother-esque leader, his charming and friendly girlfriend, the "cool guy," his unsure girlfriend, and the clown. It's a group we've seen many times before, but it works. I found myself really liking these characters and caring about them. Of course, when they started dying, one by one, it meant something to me.

In addition to the superb cast, Jotunheimen itself serves as a character. The vast snowy mountain is a beautiful and dangerous character itself.

The Bad: Like most good slashers, the movies is slow if you're just wanting action, guts and gore. To me this isn't an issue, but some might see it as one. Also, the film was made in Norway and isn't in English. Again, that's not a problem for me, but it could be for some.

Final Thoughts: If you like slashers, watch this movie. You won't be disappointed. I don't say this lightly, but it feels like the original

In Your Game: Isolation is a great way to include elements of horror (or in the least some excitement) to your game. Cause some sort of natural disaster that forces your party to seek shelter in an abandoned inn/hotel.

If you want something crunchier to use in your game, come back tomorrow and I'll post stats of the mountain man killer.

New To Me Movies Watched: 4
Total Movies Watched: 6

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