Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wind Chill (2007)

A trip home for Christmas through a desolate backwoods road ends in a disaster for two college students that are left stranded in the snow after surviving a horrible accident. As the pair soon finds out, the road has claimed many other victims in the past, victims whose ghostly remains continue to haunt the lonesome patch of highway. WIND CHILL is a beautifully shot and atmospheric ghost tale that uses cool blue filters, harsh weather conditions, and creepy shadow figures to create an overall unsettling mood. Emily Blunt and Ashton Holmes draw the audience in with a strong initial build, but unfortunately their momentum is lost after the hour mark as the script loses focus and dissolves into a muddled mess. Before this, however, it does create sufficient thrills, suspense, and tension through Holmes' dubious intentions and the understated spirits haunting the forest. Gregory Jacobs delivers another case of style over substance that offers enough chills to earn itself at least a single viewing.

Rating: 7/10.
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7 comments:

  1. I'm glad you reminded me about this flick. I had forgotten the name. I saw it one hot day. My horror buddy and I turned the air conditioner up, made the house completely dark and put that movie on. It was really hauntingly atmospheric and had some moments that were classically creepy. I thought it went a bit slow but it gets great grades for just feeling like you witnessed a gothic ghost story.

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  2. This one would have to rank among your mood picks Autumn, its got plenty of trees for you and was definitely a moody little ghost pic!

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  3. You are right about the first hour being the best of this film. It is one of my favorite "thrillers" to put on when I'm bored, but it does move slow and the story line gets messy. One of my favorite scenes of the movie is at the end, when she makes it back to the gas station, and sheds that one single tear after looking at the picture of Ashton on her phone. They both had great performances and are very talented actors.

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  4. Agreed, I enjoyed it despite the weaker final third, but I was very surprised at how clean it was and how strong Emily and Ashton were

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  5. Loved it. Spooky and lonely. Effective scares, a cool gimmick ("Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" as an ominous warning? Brilliant), gruesome ghosts, and highly watchable, fairly believable main characters. You really feel like you are stuck in a marooned, freezing car with them. This is one in my permanent X-mastime rotation.

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  6. I guess for me the reveal was just so simple and the end was anticlimactic for my taste after such an amazing build, but I cant dispute the feeling and mood J., the color palette and cramped location really did give off that sense of claustrophobia

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  7. This was an okay flick. Surprised myself by liking it more than I thought I would.

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