Winter is coming! Or so we’ve been told. Well, regardless of if your region is currently “unseasonably warm”, let’s get in the winter spirit with a few horror films that are set in the snow! Sure, we all know THE SHINING, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, and THE THING, but the titles below are a tad less well-known. Grab your warmest mittens, and let it snow!
MY LITTLE EYE (2002)
In a smart horror twist on “reality TV”, a group of people are forced to live in an house for six months while they are constantly filmed by remote cameras. The game is simple- if one person leaves, all participants lose the prize money. So they must keep their fellow group members there at all costs. Just as a wintery snow storm makes leaving near impossible, the game and situation quickly become far more dire and violent. This one stars a young Bradley Cooper!
THE THAW (2009)
While studying the northern Arctic perma-frost, a group of scientists and students stumble upon a now defrosting wooly mammoth carcass and unknowingly become infected with a long extinct parasite that has come back to life during the thaw.
THE CHILDREN (2008)
A group of friends and their children gather for the holidays at a rural cabin in England. The kids all seem to be passing around a form of the flu, but as the tots become increasing violent, it becomes clear this is no normal childhood illness.
WIND CHILL (2007)
Trying to get home from college during Christmas break, a girl signs up for a ride share program and finds herself in a car with a strange guy she has never met. The frightening situation becomes far worse when their car breaks down on a desolate, rural road with sub-freezing temperatures. There is also a chilling supernatural element as well.
THE LAST WINTER (2006)
Larry Fessenden’s stark film about the environmental impact of global warming and the horrors it could unleash. Also be sure to check out his film WENDIGO, also set in a frightening, wintery environment!
DEVIL TIMES FIVE (1974)
Five psychopathic children escape while being transported to a new asylum and are unknowingly taken in by a couple on a winter vacation.
During the Mexican-American War, a group of soldiers are trapped in the snow and forced to resort to cannibalism to survive.
THE GREY (2011)
After a their plane crashes in the Alaskan wilderness, several oil workers are stalked by vicious wolves as they trudge through the isolated snowy landscape in hopes of survival.
Three skiers are stranded high off the ground on a ski lift. They face endless horrors including the decision to jump or freeze to death in the suspended chair.
JACK FROST (1997)
Yup- it’s all types of silly. But it is so fun! A serial killer has been reincarnated as a snowman and continues his murder spree as a frosty psychopath.