"Cold Prey" DVD
Prey" DVD cover
I'm all sorts of impressed
by this week's offering, folks, and as such, it's my sacred obligation
to fill you in on it. It's called Cold Prey, and it's a beauty
of a slasher film.
Cold Prey represents
part of a strange new development in the horror film market: namely,
the entry of the Scandinavian market. Oh, sure, we've had bits
and pieces, dribs and drabs, come out of Europe for quite some
time but this is the first time that I can count off FOUR Scandinavian
titles I've covered in as many months. There were The Substitute
and Room 205, two Danish titles that were the strongest parts
of the otherwise lackluster Ghost House Underground series (not
to mention Dark Floors, which is Finnish, and the Finns do at
least sort of count as Scandinavian) and now Cold Prey, which
comes to us from Norway.
Cold Prey is a surprisingly
claustrophobic little thriller about five friends out on a snowboarding
excursion on a remote mountain. After one of them breaks his leg,
the five find an abandoned ski lodge and take cover for the night.
It's surprisingly convivial cover--the diesel generator still
works and there's plenty of antique hooch lying about (at one
point they find a thirty five year old cognac)--so they settle
in for a night, or possibly two, of free and easy living. At least,
until one of the five turns up dead. And from there it's only
a matter of time until we discover the truth behind the abandoned
ski lodge...and its secret resident.
I said--the whole thing, except for a few small buildup bits,
takes place in a ski lodge. There are plenty of places to hide,
but the group will never be more than a few dozen feet from the
killer at any given time. Indeed, Cold Prey may well be one of
the best slasher films there is simply because it's done so well.
Sure, the first half
is a little short on action. They're setting up a LOT of dominoes
that will be knocked down in rapid clacking succession by the
end. And it's fun watching these five fairly likable characters
interrelate in a plush but still vaguely sinister environment.
Once things get started, they will get started in EARNEST. Also,
they will build plenty of suspense throughout as they start to
cobble together these little bits and pieces about the history
of the lodge they've taken cover in.
By the time they get
down to the killing, you're already at least a little bit on edge
from the build-up, and I call that a success.
The ending will prove
to be plenty of fun, including some really nice twist endings
that actually have nothing to do with the killer coming back to
life. A little spoiler, but man, I didn't give anything serious
away. You'll get plenty of surprise out of this, guaranteed.
The special features
include audio tracks in both English and the original Norwegian,
English subtitles, bloopers, deleted scenes, an alternate ending,
behind the scenes featurettes, two short films, and trailers for
Cold Prey, Dead Space (both the game AND the cartoon), and Surfer,
All in all, Cold Prey
is another solid hit from Anchor Bay (did I forget to mention
that? Yeah, it IS.), who by now pretty much has to be considered
the undisputable king of direct to video horror movie releasing.
Directed by Roar Uthaug
Written by Thomas Moldestad
Starring Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Rolf Kristian Larsen, Tomas Alf
Larsen, Endre Martin Midtstigen
Produced by Martin Sundland, Magne Lyngner
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