Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Dead of Winter|
Actors: Al Santos, Sandra McCoy, Brian McNamara, Ella Joyce, Ashley Gardner
Director: Brian McNamara
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Genre: Horror Rating: R Release Date: 25-NOV-2008 Media Type: DVD
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A New Take on the Slasher in the Woods
R. Schultz | Chicago | 03/01/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"You might think that you've already seen every possible permutation of the mad slasher stalking the young couple in the woods. However this film, "based on real events," does put a new twist on the theme.
The couple's floundering in the woods gets a little repetitious, and you might think you are guessing the secret of their dilemma. But you probably won't know the whole truth of the matter until the very last frame.
So this film is marginally worth sticking with. But there's another, better film out there with the same title, "Dead of Winter." (Producers seem to be recycling titles with increasing rapidity.) This somewhat older film, starring Mary Steenburgen and Roddy McDowall, is much slicker, more clever - and more frightening. So if you just have time for one chilling snow job - make it the Steenburgen/McDowall film."
A Few Atmospheric Chills, Decent Acting, but Nothing More
Cory T. Shaeffer | Pittsburgh | 12/12/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"If you read the liner notes to this film, there are quotes that compare this film to "The Shining." We won't go THAT far here, although there are moments where the scenery and mood do succeed in creating tension and uncertainty. McNamara obviously draws from Mr. King in that respect, although this movie would compare with more standard King films such as "Riding the Bullet." It is better than most of the Masters of Horror series, though, and if it were not for the banal dialogue and absurd one-liners throughout, the acting by the two lead characters would have put this over the top. But the problem is that while it IS atmospheric and it IS chilling at times, everyone watching it knows what is going on, and the "twist" at the end really is not all that shocking. There is very little blood/gore, very few moments where you will jump or be startled, and the suspensful moments are just too few and far between to make this movie anything more than average.
McNamara deserves points for trying, however, and he does connect on certain thematic elements. In addition, the two young leads in the film deliver performances that should not be overlooked. It is not a total loss, but I would only suggest it as a rental."
GOOD ACTING, GOOD SOUNDTRACK, ATMOSPHERIC
Fritz Von Steiger | Federal Way, WA | 01/12/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Let's be fair, this movie deserves a three star rating. Good acting, atmospheric background affect, good soundtrack. These no talent idiots who give it less then three stars, what have they done as far as movies are concern themselves. Hate over zealous critics, who have no resume to show the rest of the world and have nothing better to do then put others down. Jealous morons. This movie was enternaining to me. Shows what can happen to you on dangerous drugs, so it does send a message, so there you less then three stars jerks. I want the soundtrack."
Schroeder (DJ WACK O) | California | 12/01/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"First off, why is this movie so costly? Dead of Winter was terrible! The whole movie is about 2 kids tripping on LSD, big deal!! They think someone is after them, paranoid running through the wintry woods. This film is purely a no brainer. Waste of time & especially money. I do admit the acting was great, the director did a good job filming & everything else about the film was fantastic quality but the story is empty & just plain boring. Schroeder (Publisher/Owner) of Cult Movies Magazine."