Horror for the Weekend

Did you know that March is national frozen food month? In light of this, we’re going to recommend some horror movies that take place in cold/frozen environments. We’ll take the obvious ones like The Thing out of the equation and suggest a few more unconventional movies for your weekend viewing.

Below Zero

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I caught this Canadian indie film at Scotland’s Dead by Dawn Festival, and it was a great experience on the big screen. A screenwriter suffering from writers’ block locks himself in a meat locker. There, he hopes to come up with the perfect story for a horror film about a man trapped in a meat locker. He imagines a story in which a man is menaced by an evil butcher. However, reality and fiction begin to merge, and his imaginary butcher turns into a real threat.

There’s a lot of blurring between fantasy and reality – obviously drawing from films like The Shining and Nightmare on Elm Street. And the villain, played by B-Movie legend Michael Berryman, is excellent. I had the opportunity to meet the team behind the film, and they’ve really achieved a lot with a small budget. Interestingly writer Signe Olynyk developed writers’ block whilst writing the film. In order to overcome it, she locked herself in a meat locker for five days to develop the story

Dead Snow

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Ah, Dead Snow. If you happen to be in the mood for zombie Nazi’s this weekend, this is the definitive film. The premise of the film is similar to that of the draugr – a Scandinavian folkloric undead greedily protecting its (often stolen) treasures. In creating the film’s Nazi zombies, writer and director Tommy Wirkola concluded that the best way to enhance the horror and disgust of standard zombies was to give them the Nazi element; he also used the historical backdrop of the Nazi occupation of Norway in developing the film’s plot.

In an interview, Wirkola said, “When we were about to sit down and write the actual script, we started thinking ‘What is more evil than a zombie’? A Nazi-zombie! We have a really strong war-history up in the north of Norway from World War Two, so it was fun to combine actual events with our own story. And you know Nazis have always been the ultimate villains in movies. Combine that with zombies and you really get something that no one would sympathise with.”

Jack Frost

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Not to be confused with the kids movie, which is horrific in it’s own way, Jack Frost is a campy, over the top horror comedy. The movie takes place in the fictional town of Snowmonton, where (on the week before Christmas) a truck carrying serial killer Jack Frost (Scott MacDonald) to his execution crashes into a genetics truck. The genetic material causes Jack’s body to mutate and fuse together with the snow on the ground. Jack is presumed dead and his body melts away. However, he comes back as a killer snowman and takes revenge on the man who finally caught him, Sheriff Sam Tiler

The film has become something of a cult classic, probably due to it’s ridiculous deaths. The effects are low budget and the acting is hammy. But it’s a lot of fun, and a bit of guilty pleasure.

Have a good weekend!

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