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Stalkin’ in a Winter Wonderland: 5 Snowy Horror Films with Sinister Intent

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We’ve been hit with a massive winter storm up in the north, with a wave of snow that’s kept many of us stuck inside. What a perfect time to bundle up, throw on a scary movie, and try to forget the nightmare of shoveling all that snow!

Of course, despite the hellish snowscape, at least we have the creature comforts of knowing that we’re safe at home, not stuck in the cold with something hunting us down. Unlike the poor souls in the films I’ve selected! These men and women are in a tough spot, freezing their butts off while at the mercy of someone with murderous intent. 

Dead Snow (2009)

Synopsis: A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies.

Dead Snow has all the guts-and-gore cabin-in-the-woods magic of The Evil Dead, but with a villain that’s somehow even more sinister than deadites: freakin’ Nazi zombies. It’s a rambunctious offering that will satisfy all your bloodthirsty needs, and better yet, there’s a sequel that (in my humble opinion) surpasses the first film. It’s not quite as frighteningly frigid as the original, however, so I’m sticking with Dead Snow as a more appropriate thematic choice.

Where you can watch it: Streaming on Plex

Black Mountain Side (2014)

Synopsis: Archaeologists find a strange structure in northern Canada that appears to be thousands of years old. The team members become isolated when their communications fail, and their sanity begins to unravel.

The Thing would be an obvious inclusion here – and is an obvious point of inspiration – but I thought I’d go with Black Mountain Side as it’s generally similar but – I think – really deserves more attention. This snowy psychological horror offers plenty of paranoia, a stark isolated setting, and a healthy dash of mystery. It’s competently made and beautifully shot, which is really just an added bonus for the dark, tense, wonderfully bleak nature of the film. 

Where you can watch it: Streaming on Tubi & Plex

30 Days of Night (2007)

Synopsis: After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires.

It’s bad enough not seeing the sun for 30 days in the bitter Alaskan cold, but throw in a pack of vicious vampires? No thank you ma’am. With a town stranded and sunless, it’s the perfect scenario for any vampire. These particular vampires are terrifying, with black eyes, a mouthful of teeth as sharp as daggers, claws designed to shred flesh, and a horrific brutality to their attacks that leaves all romance behind. 30 Days of Night is one of the finer vampire films with a clever (and genuinely frightening) concept and some excellent performances; Ben Foster is always amazing, but his Arctic outsider version of a Renfield character is hauntingly well done. 

Where you can watch it: Streaming on Pluto TV, available for rent on Amazon and Apple TV

Calvaire (2004)

Synopsis: Marc, a traveling entertainer, is on his way home for Christmas when his van breaks down in the middle of a jerkwater town with some strange inhabitants.

The Shining should obviously be on this list, but in terms of “final chase scene through the snow”, I want to bring your attention to Calvaire because it’s not as immediately well known. This New French Extremity film is bleak and upsetting, and deeply unsettling. Think of it as a cross between Misery and Deliverance. Got it? Got it. Calvaire carries a feeling of utter hopelessness, with a growing discomfort that’s inescapable. Unlike some New French Extremity films, there isn’t a lot of violence, but it is psychologically terrifying.

Where you can watch it: Unavailable streaming in the US 🙁

Frozen (2010)

Synopsis: Three skiers stranded on a chairlift are forced to make life-or-death choices, which prove more perilous than staying put and freezing to death.

Adam Green is best known for the bombastically violent Hatchet franchise, but Frozen is an excellent exercise in simplicity. It’s the ultimate single-location horror, with characters stuck in an impossible situation. And when it comes to winter horror, nothing feels as brutally cold as Frozen. Just watching it, you want to layer yourself in blankets with a big steaming cup of tea. But freezing aside, it’s the wolves hunting, waiting, hungry, that really complicates things.  

Where you can watch it: Streaming on Roku, Tubi, and Redbox

 

What films make you want to stay in the warm, cozy safety of home? Let us know in the comments!

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Ernie Hudson To Star In ‘Oswald: Down The Rabbit Hole’

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This is some exciting news! Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters 1984, The Crow 1994) is set to star in the upcoming horror film titled Oswald: Down The Rabbit Hole. Hudson is set to play the character Oswald Jebediah Coleman who is a brilliant animator that is locked away in a terrifying magical prison. No release date has been announced yet. Check out the announcement trailer and more about the film below.

ANNOUNCEMENT TRAILER FOR OSWALD: DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE

The film follows the story of “Art and some of his closest friends as they help track down his long-lost family lineage. When they find and explore his Great-Grandpa Oswald’s abandoned home, they encounter a magical TV that teleports them to a place lost in time, shrouded by dark Hollywood Magic. The group finds that they are not alone when they discover Oswald’s come-to-life cartoon Rabbit, a dark entity that decides their souls are it’s for the taking. Art and his friends must work together to escape their magical prison before the Rabbit gets to them first.”

First Look Image at Oswald: Down the Rabbit Hole

Ernie Hudson stated that “I am excited to work with everyone on this production. It’s an incredibly creative and smart project.”

Director Stewart also added “I had a very specific vision for Oswald’s character and knew I wanted Ernie for this role from the start, as I’ve always admired iconic cinematic legacy. Ernie is going to bring Oswald’s unique and vengeful spirit to life in the best way possible.”

First Look Image at Oswald: Down the Rabbit Hole

Lilton Stewart III and Lucinda Bruce are teaming up to write and direct the film. It stars actors Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters 1984, The Crow 1994), Topher Hall (Single Drunk Female 2022), and Yasha Rayzberg (A Rainbow in the Dark 2021). Mana Animation Studio is helping produce the animation, Tandem Post House for post-production, and VFX supervisor Bob Homami is also helping. The budget for the film currently sits at $4.5M.

Official Teaser Poster for Oswald: Down the Rabbit Hole

This is one of many classic childhood stories that are being turned into horror films. This list includes Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey 2, Bambi: The Reckoning, Mickey’s Mouse Trap, The Return of Steamboat Willie, and many more. Are you more interested in the film now that Ernie Hudson is attached to star in it? Let us know in the comments below.

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Blumhouse & Lionsgate to Create New ‘The Blair Witch Project’

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Blumhouse hasn’t necessarily been batting a thousand lately. Their recent films Imaginary and Night Swim weren’t as well-received as they wanted. But that all might change in the near future because Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Blumhouse and Lionsgate are collaborating on a new Blair Witch Project….project.

The horror publication got the scoop fresh from CinemaCon today. The event takes place in Las Vegas and is the largest gathering of global theater owners in the country.

The Blair Witch Project – Movie Trailer

Chair of Lionsgate’s movie division, Adam Fogelson, made the announcement on Wednesday. It is part of a planned slate of movies to be remade taken from Lionsgate’s oeuvre.

“I have been incredibly fortunate to work with Jason many times over the years. We forged a strong relationship on ‘The Purge’ when I was at Universal, and we launched STX with his film ‘The Gift’. There is no one better at this genre than the team at Blumhouse,” said Fogelson. “We are thrilled to kick this partnership off with a new vision for Blair Witch that will reintroduce this horror classic for a new generation. We couldn’t be more pleased to be working with them on this and other projects we look forward to revealing soon.”

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The Blair Witch Project

Blum added: “I’m very grateful to Adam and the team at Lionsgate for letting us play in their sandbox. I’m a huge admirer of ‘The Blair Witch Project’, which brought the idea of found footage horror to mainstream audiences and became a true cultural phenomenon. I don’t think there would have been a ‘Paranormal Activity’ had there not first been a Blair Witch, so this feels like a truly special opportunity and I’m excited to see where it leads.”

There were no details given as to whether the project will expand on the Blair Witch universe or reboot it entirely, but we will keep you posted as the story develops.

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Sam Raimi Produced Horror Film ‘Don’t Move’ Is Headed To Netflix

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Sam Raimi 'Don't Move'

This is unexpected news but a welcome one. A new horror film produced by Sam Raimi titled Don’t Move is headed to Netflix. The streaming company just bought the worldwide rights to the film to be released on their platform. No release date has been given for when the film will start streaming. Check out more about the film below.

The film synopsis states “It follows a seasoned serial killer who injects a grieving woman with a paralytic agent while the two of them are isolated deep in the forest. As the agent gradually takes over her body, she must run, hide, and fight for her life before her entire nervous system shuts down.”

Kelsey Asbille, Finn Wittrock

The movie is being directed by duo directors Brian Netto and Adam Schindler. They are known for the films Delivery: The Beast Within (2013) and Sundown (2022). The story is written by David White and T.J. Cimfel. It stars actors Kelsey Asbille, Finn Wittrock, and Daniel Francis. It is rated R for some strong violence and language.

Sam Raimi is known in the horror world for classics including the “Evil Dead” franchise, “Drag Me to Hell“, and many more. He was an Executive Producer for the most recent addition to the “Evil Dead” franchise titled “Evil Dead Rise“. Are you excited about this new horror film? Let us know in the comments below.

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