Mats Stenberg, first time director has a tough role to follow after Roar Uthaug offered us the first film back in 2006 (here as producer) and does a fine job, seamlessly knitting this sequel to it’s predecessor, so we infact have one long tale as a single film even. Beautifully shot with incredible cinematography with nice depth of field. Stunning vision also. One of the initial scenes sees Jannicke (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) almost causing a crash as she awaits at the snowy side of the road, covered in blood, pick axe in hand. Beautiful scene.
So what do we have. Jannicke is taken to hospital. Cops follow up her story and discover the bodies and ship them back to the morgue. (in the hospital) After the thaw, and Jannicke giving a few revenge punches to the chest it appears that Geir OlavBrath (this time around, played by Robert Follin as the killer snowman) is not quite dead. Unbelievably, the hospital staff set to work to save the life. Strange one this as the first film is strongly set about survival, and here we see the villain being saved by the hands of doctors, obviously their main job in life. So he’s back, and the bodycount continues.
There are some moments I would have trimmed out. A scene with the main cop investigating the missing persons lists from over the years, tracks down an old doctor involved with Geir Olav as a child, even at the birth! We don’t need to know this. Other moments could have been explored. The nurse and cop scenes offer some real nice characteristics and real cinema magic. Ingrid is stunning once again though and although sparkling in every scene, takes a back seat in many sense allowing other actors to push though and breath. Marthe Snorressdotter Rovik, first time actor as head nurse, Camila as an example, who does a great job.
These two films are stunning. It’s great to see a fine pair of slasher flicks that aren’t going out of their way for ultraviolence instead offering classic plot, well filmed with a magical cast. Could possibly be my favorite Horror Double bill and with a third film on its way; Something I’ll be looking forward to.