Friday, February 6, 2009

COLD PREY

The slasher formula has been endlessly reprised in hundreds of movies, and with COLD PREY (FRITT VILT), we see that it translates fairly well into Norwegian, as well.

In this effective thriller, five Norwegian young people head for some secluded mountains for a day of extreme snowboarding, but when one takes a tumble and breaks a leg, they need to find shelter fast. They hole up in an abandoned ski lodge hotel, and soon discover that they’re not alone…

COLD PREY is exceptionally well shot and delivers some genuine chills, thanks to a decent script and the firm hand of director Roar Uthaug. The story takes a while to get going, though, and most of the kills are pretty straight-forward, devoid of the imaginative staging that can raise a stalk-n-slay flick above the competition. Still, the performances are quite good, and the setting is suitably isolated and atmospheric.

Anchor Bay’s DVD features a pristine, 2.5:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. The film is presented in both the original Norwegian Dolby 5.1 Surround and with a Dolby 2.0 English dub, which sucks. English subtitles are included. Extras include an Alternate Ending (provided in storyboard form), a "Making Of" documentary, an effects featurette, bloopers, trailers, TV spots and two short films by the filmmakers.

Highly recommended for horror fans.

BUY: Cold Prey