I love winter time, the imagery is awesome to me: all the snow, leafless trees, deserted streets and how it becomes so eerily quiet. It has such a creepy and mysterious feel and it's almost like your in the far north. You can't shake the feeling something is lurking or hiding in all that snow. This atmosphere transfers greatly to horror films. It gives such a claustrophobic and isolated feel, you become trapped with whatever is out there and it's never anything good.
This list contains some of the best horror films that used this concept to great affect. The holidays may be over, but we still have a couple months of winter left and these movies are great to watch during that time of year, even better when it's snowing.
So pick a film from the list, turn off the lights, sit down alone or with someone special and enjoy.
1. Dead Snow
A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies. The premise of the film is similar to the legend of the Draugr (Skyrim fans should recognize this one), an undead creature in Scandinavian folklore that greedily protects its (often stolen) treasure. Taking place in the mountains of Norway this awesome film obviously oozes a winter atmosphere.
2. The Thing
Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills. Easily the best and most famous winter time horror movie, this film is claustrophobic and tense, not to mention a classic. This and the 2011 prequel are my go-to movies when the weather gets bad and I'm snowed in.
3. 30 Days of Night
After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires. It's one of the most popular vampire flicks, and for good reason. It's hard to not have a great winter atmosphere when your dealing with northern Alaska. Not to mention a town so remote there aren't even roads to get out of the town properly.
4. The Shining
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. One of the most iconic horror films of all time, it makes great use of the winter atmosphere, creating a heavy feel of isolation, like most of the films on this list.
5. Let The Right One In
Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl. Another entry from the Scandinavian countries, this time from Sweden, it makes sense we would see a heavy winter atmosphere here. This is a great film, a bit sad and chilling in more ways than one.
A father's quiet retreat to the woods with his two children turns into a fight for survival. I didn't have very high hopes for this haunted house style film but I ended up loving it! It's a very creepy and atmospheric movie and the winter atmosphere once again adds a great feel of isolation and dread.
A famous novelist is "rescued" from a car crash by an obsessed fan. What can I say about this classic Stephen King film that hasn't already been said? A great movie that fits perfectly on this list.
There are tons of other films that would fit great on this list so tell us yours in the comments.