The Horror Honeys: Ice picks & Bloody Broken Ankles! These are a Few of My Favorite Things!

Ice picks & Bloody Broken Ankles! These are a Few of My Favorite Things!

A Supernatural Honey Winter Wonderland Review by Suzanne

Cold Prey (2006)

I’m not ready to watch Christmas movies: not even horror ones. I haven’t even taken down all of my Halloween decorations yet. That being said, my first offering of the holiday season will be a snowy blood bath film. 

When you think of Norway, horror probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but they’ve actually produced several films over the last 10 years. One of their better offerings is Fritt Vilt (Cold Prey).

Five friends go snowboarding in a remote location. One of them has an accident and breaks his ankle. Lucky for them, they’re not too far from the shelter of an old, abandoned ski lodge. Of course, once they’ve taken refuge and let their guard down, they begin to get picked off by a crazy mountain man. 

Obviously, there is nothing particularly unique about Fritt Vilt. It fits the bill of a typical slasher movie, AKA isolated 20-somethings being chased by a raving lunatic, and it borrows from a lot of classic films, but it does a decent job of not coming across too hokey.

Of course, we have our beloved stereotypes. There is the seemingly oversexed couple, Mikal and Ingunn; the can’t quite fully commit couple, Jannicke and Erik; and the single, funny guy, Morten Tobias, who is secretly, but not so secretly in love with Jannicke. It’s very clear, right from the jump, who will be in the final showdown. What breaks the mold, from a character perspective, is the stereotypes are busted as the movie progresses and you find these characters have a little more depth than you originally thought. 

Jannicke (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal), reminds me a little of Amy Steele in F13: Part 2. She’s smart, athletic, good in a crisis, and natural. She’s the moral compass of the group and a leader. In this movie, it turns out there is no slutty girl and the virgin isn’t the last to survive.

Our madman isn’t seen until about 30 minutes in and he is monstrously big. There are many F13 comparisons to be made here. During the opening credits we learn about all of the skiers, hikers and snowboarders that have gone missing in that area over the years. Also, the group finds a lot of newspaper clippings in the lodge about a missing boy with a hideous birthmark on his eye. See where I’m going?

The climax is pretty great. This killer doesn’t “stage” his kills, nor does he eat them. He disposes of them in a rather unique manner. The showdown is pretty brutal and not just because you have a petite woman fighting, essentially, a hairy building. They are fighting in the snow and anyone who has fallen face first in snow knows that hurts like a motherfucker. There is also a surprising revelation as our monster meets his fate. 

My issues with the film are relatively minor. One being, how does a lodge with a lot of windows, left abandoned for 30+ years in totally inclement weather, remain completely intact? We’re talking fully stocked bar, beds still made, everything in its place. Now, I realize it’s been inhabited, but he didn’t strike me as the kind of guy who does repairs or cleaning.

So, once again, there is nothing really new or original about this snowy slasher, but I was impressed with the execution and there are a few twists on the standard fare that work to its benefit. 

Supernatural Honey Verdict: 3 hairy snow beasts out of 5