Notable Cast: Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Rolf Kristian Larsen, Tomas Alf Larsen, Endre Martin Midtstigen, Viktoria Winge
I have always been a sucker for a cold weather slasher (just look at my recent review for "Blood Runs Cold"), so when I stumbled across the Norwegian slasher "Cold Prey" I needed to jump into my snow shoes and dig in right away. Too bad this little indie horror film simply caters to the cliche and plays it far too safe...otherwise there might have been something more here instead of just another run-of-the-mill slasher.
It was supposed to be the best weekend ever. Five friends, fresh Norwegian snow, snowboarding, and getting to relax. That is until one of them accidentally breaks his leg and they are all forced to take shelter in an abandoned resort and inn. Well, a place they think is abandoned. Now they are going to find a means of escape before a cold blooded killer takes them out, one by one.
|Isolation. The best way for friends to get to know each other better. Or get killed.|
Not that "Cold Prey" is bad by any means, it just happens to be far more mundane and by the numbers. The production values are pretty strong with some effective moments towards the end including a pretty intense finale featuring our lead heroine having to play dead on a sled full of her dead friends, but sharp set work and a solid enough cast can't make up for unoriginality of script. And it is this unoriginality that bogs this film down.
|Can't hear her screams cause of loud music? Oh well.|
The problem that "Cold Prey" runs into is not about how 'bad' it is, but how unmemorable and mediocre it is. I would much rather have a film be bad and laughably entertaining, then one that tries to be good and just ends up mundane. "Cold Prey" ends up being the latter. Considering they made a sequel and a prequel to this film, there must be a following that enjoyed it. I just found it disappointing.
Written By Matt Reifschneider