A new feature highlighting criminally underseen horror films that deserve a look
Every horror movie fan knows what films are considered to be the classics. But there are a TON of great horror movies that maybe a lot of people have never seen.
Well, ScarySteve.com believes in shining well-deserved spotlights on the horror flicks that might have passed you by.
So, here's the first installment of a series where I present movies that you should definitely check out.
CASE FILE #1: COLD PREY (2006)
Now here's a real good one.
This 2006 Norweigan slasher flick tells the story of five friends who head out for a weekend of snowboarding in the Norwegian Alps, and when one of the friends breaks his leg the group finds shelter from the winter elements in an abandoned, secluded ski lodge.
However, it doesn't take long for the group to discover that the lodge isn't as abandoned as they thought, and its sole inhabitant is a madman who is determined to see them dead.
Yeah, okay, it's not the most original premise, but, boy, does Cold Prey deliver in suspense, scares and gore. The cast is likeable (which is important because they gain sympathy when they're attacked), the setting is terrific, the killer is convincingly menacing and the effects are impressive. And kudos to the first-rate direction by first-timer Roar Uthaug, who does a great job creating scene after scene filled with either creeping dread or outright suspense.
This was a major box office success in Norway and has spawned two sequels (I have only seen Cold Prey 2, which is also worth watching). Sadly, there are reports that an American remake is on the horizon, as WWE (yes, the wrestling company) purchased the rights to the remake in 2017. There is no need to remake this, dammit!
But anyhoo, I strongly recommend this movie. It's not a revolutionary game-changer in the history of horror, but it's a damn impressive, lean and mean fright machine that entertains during its entire 100-minute run.
Yes, this is a foreign film, which means that you have to read subtitles to understand what's going on. But trust me, the subtitles are not a distraction to the horror that unfolds. And if you're one of the people who refuse to watch any movie with subtitles, then I feel sorry for you, because you're missing out on some of the best horror movies made.
As of right now, Cold Prey is available on the Shudder streaming site, and can also be purchased on iTunes, Amazon Prime, Vudu and more.
Check out the trailer below.