Action / Drama / Horror / Thriller
Action / Drama / Horror / Thriller
A couple of college students known only as the Girl and the Guy are traveling home to Delaware the day before Christmas Eve. They're on a frozen road that the Guy is convinced is a scenic short-cut. In the middle of nowhere in below freezing conditions they are run off the road by a hit and runner. They soon realize they're caught in a supernatural bubble where a crime from 1953 is doomed to repeat itself, year after year threatening new victims. The Guy attempts to walk back to the last petrol station but his wounds from the crash are worse than he let on.
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A very well-done exercise in psychological terror
While this is not the best horror film ever to have been made, it
stands out as one that actually has taken the time to develop the
characters and still manage to hold your attention. Aside from a
back-story that is thrown in at the last minute which never really
explains why this is happening to the characters, the film stars and
director have helped create some very effective scar sequences which
don't always need to be played upon with exhausting music and gore.
The story begins with a girl (Emily Blunt, "The Devil Wears Prada") who
needs a ride home for the holidays from college because she has just
broken up with her boyfriend. Upon checking the student "ride board"
she sees that there is someone offering a ride home in her direction
and decides to take it. The boy (Ashton Holmes, "A History of
Violence") is our driver, who may have ulterior motives of his own.
Needless to say things begin to fall apart when the boy decides to get
off the main highway at the behest of the girl, swerves the car to
avoid another one that is oncoming, and crashes in the middle of
nowhere. In the snow. In the freezing cold. Obviously with no cell
phones in service. Soon the two realize that they have much more to
worry about than just freezing to death in the night.
Up until this point things have been fairly clichéd and predictable as
with most horror films, but this is exactly what catches you off guard
for the second half of the film, the dynamics of which I will not spoil
for you. The director Jacobs ("Criminal") is fully aware that the best
of horror films are those that have given you time to get to know and
feel for the characters before something bad happens to them, even if
it is only in the last half. Hitchcock knew this quite well and
although "Wind Chill" may be a far cry from "Psycho" or "Frenzy", its
effectiveness in making you believe in these characters and feel for
them is a truly terrifying experience.
The view from www.georgevader.co.uk (drunken movie ramblings)
It's a few days before the Christmas holidays when two (unnamed)
students share a ride home.After taking a "short-cut" they have a
serious accident and find themselves stranded in nowheresville', in the
middle of a cold snap and miles from the nearest town, then the
'problems' really begin....
I have to admit I'd heard nothing about this film, in fact I'd never
even heard of the title, but it proved to be a bit of a revelation.The
two leads Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) and Ashton Holmes (A
History Of Violence) are both very good actors and both put in good
performances.The film is well paced, not letting you know too much too
soon, it's a very eerie looking movie, the the darkness of the night
brilliantly contrasting with the glistening snow, reminiscent of the
classic "The Shining".
In an age of shock horror which has become rife in Hollywood over the
past decade it nice to see a good old fashioned horror film in the
fashion of say John Carpenters "The Fog" or even Peter Jackson's "The
Frighteners" which it had elements that were very similar too.
A fine intelligent psychological horror film.
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S10 Review's Wind Chill (2007)
Wind Chill (2007) 4 of 5 Dir: Gregory Jacobs Stars: Emily Blunt, Ashton
Holmes, Martin Donovan
A girl (Blunt) is in need of transportation home for the holidays. She
hooks up with a guy to share expenses for the trip home to Delaware.
But a scenic detour gets them in proverbial hot water when out of the
snowy darkness a vehicle runs them off the road. Now stranded in the
cold with the wind chill quickly approaching 30 below zero they thought
find out that the cold is the least of their worries as strange figures
appear around them and a ghostly patrolman appears to harass them. This
snowy stretch of road may well be a highway of a different kind.
'Wind Chill' is a refreshing change from all the entire Saw'-like
entertainment lurking about as of late. It takes its time getting where
it wants to be while establishing characterization and eventually
building up a pretty decent atmosphere from about the mid-point. I
liked the sort of red herring that the filmmakers threw in regard to
the relationship between the boy and the girl. The twist is an
interesting one, not fully realized but still done very well. The
acting is done very well and since Blunt and Holmes nearly have the
screen to themselves they play off each other excellently.
I recommend 'Wind Chill' for those who may like a change of pace.
Nicely acted with a solid script and interesting premise.