ByJohn Mountain, writer at
John Mountain

Directed by Roar Uthaug.

Story by Thomas Moldestad, Martin Sundland and Roar Uthaug.

From an idea by Jan Eirik Langoen and Magne Lyngner.

Five friends on a skiing excursion to the Jotunheimen Mountains in southern Norway are slaughtered one by one by a relentless killer. After a member of the quintet is injured they take refuge in a ski lodge that, at first glance, hasn't been used in 30 years. Appearances, as it is said, can be deceiving as they soon realize that they are not as alone as they are lead to believe.

The first thing that I noticed about Cold Prey was that it plays out like any typical slasher film: take a mix of young people, drinking, sex/making out and throw a masked/hooded silent killer into the mix to pick them all off in 'And Then There Were None' style until it is down to the final girl and her brave battle with the brute.

The second thing that I noticed was that I was reminded a lot of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Perhaps it was the snowy, isolated setting and that the killer wields a pickaxe similar to the way Jack Nicholson swung that axe. It certainly doesn’t help that the number on one of the rooms in the lodge is 237. I can assure you that this was not accidental.

The third and final thing that I noticed was that, despite an overused plot, Cold Prey is filled with good acting and characters that, for the most part, are surprisingly intelligent in their way of figuring out a chance for survival. Cold Prey may play out like a typical slasher movie but I will guarantee you that it is a damn good typical slasher movie. Leave it to those crazy Norwegians.


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