This is what this project is all about. Discovering some really cool movies which give me hope for the future of the horror genre. Cold Prey does such a task. This Norwegian gem oozes charm, style and looks beautiful. Rich believable characters suck the audience in to an amazing looking landscape of the snowy Jotunheimen mountains in this tale of frosty murder. Director, Roar Uthaug gets the most out of his young cast who must really take credit for this film, bringing depth and honesty to the roles, in what could have easily turned out to be yet another stalk n slash rehash. Uthaug takes a traditional worn out plot and breathes new life through realistic actions of character. The script is fast and clever. The camera work is sleek and the film stock has a nice low tone making some scenes almost black and white which is glorious.
The plot is a simple one. 5 friends take a skiing holiday in the mountains. After some fun on the slopes, one of them slips and breaks a leg. They stumble upon a nearby boarded up lodge to hold up for the night and get the leg set and decide to stay under shelter until morning. It soon appears they are not alone in the lodge and the trouble begins.
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal is stunningly good as our heroin in this flick, who has real screen presence. Rune Melby plays the huge monstrous villain with a preference for ice picks, a character removed from the obviousness of the likes of Jason & Freddy who brings some real chills to this movie.
I cannot speak more highly of this film. With one of my other favorite recent horror films from Sweden, ‘Let the right one in’, it’s good to know the Scandinavian film industry is alive and well. Looking forward to the sequel now.