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Cold Prey [DVD]

Ingrid Bolso Berdal , Rolf Kristian Larsen , Roar Uthaug    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Rolf Kristian Larsen, Tomas Alf Larsen, Viktoria Winge
  • Directors: Roar Uthaug
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Norwegian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Metrodome Video
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UWXM4O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,420 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Following a gruesome accident, five friends' idyllic snowboarding expedition to the Jotunheimen mountains takes a turn for the eerie when they are forced to take shelter from a ravaging storm in an abandoned ski lodge. Empty and silent, the cavernous lodge seems deserted -- but there are secrets here. These secrets are long buried, thought forgotten and very, very dangerous. Before the night is out, those who survive will have discovered the true meaning of terror and looked into the very face of evil. In the classic tradition of seminal horror films Wolf Creek, Halloween and My Bloody Valentine, Cold Prey is a tense, stylish and viciously unnerving journey into a frozen nightmare.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even I liked it. 20 Jun 2009
By Barry
Format:DVD
I really hate this kind of film and just watched it to see some pictures of Norway. In the end, I really loved it. The key, as a lot of people have pointed out, was making you care about the characters and not making them too predictably stupid. It didn't fall back on the lazy 'make all their innards fall out and eyeballs burst for dumb people whose brains don't work' style of entertainment, which was nice.
One thing though, as a language teacher I find it a bit depressing how many people have used phrases like 'DESPITE the subtitles' or made some comment or other about subtitled films. I know they're just being honest but most of the world have to watch loads of stuff with subtitles. In a lot a Northern European countries a lot of the most popular TV series are foreign with subtitles (mostly British and American). I'd really love it if people weren't so terrified of subtitles, they're missing out on a whole world of stuff out there!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cold Prey - Hot Blooded 3 July 2008
Format:DVD
Collecting slasher films isn't like many other vices; in the realm of the teen-kill completist, the good stuff is popular for a reason and afterwards there's a barren landscape of trash, crap and pond-scum horror. Every now and then, you'll come upon a film that makes it all worthwhile: Cold Prey is one of them.

The American approach to 'improving' the cut-and-dried stalk n' slash opus is to make it gorier and funnier (see: Hatchet) and self referential (Behind the Mask). Fun as those films are, they do little to involve the viewer any more in what's going on, concentrating too much on the effects work to bother carving out good characters who the audience might, God forbid, care about!

In Cold Prey there are no obnoxious teens with 'Please Kill Me' stamped on their foreheads, no explicitly dumb behaviour and a restrained level of bloodshed. This latter point may disappoint some horror fans but then the more cineliterate/mature viewer will find a lot to like about this bleak, gloomy festival of tension.

The relationships between the characters are more complex here than found in most genre examples and it all feeds well into their eventual fates, as the hulking Jason-like killer (equipped for his snowbound living arrangements) skulks the halls of the abandoned ski-lodge, attacking those who think they are alone. This is a film that maximises the tension of the situation with simple set-ups and realistic reactions as escape plans are thwarted and numbers dwindle until only likeable heroine Jannicke is left.

The finale is great, if not reminiscent of a scene from Hostel, and a 2008 sequel should hopefully recapture some of the edge-of-your-seat nail-biting on parade here. A proper horror film from a genre that's been saturated by comparative rubbish over the last decade, Cold Prey shows us that excellence can be found in simple storytelling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly surprised 11 Jan 2010
Format:DVD
So I thought I knew what I was getting in to when watching this Norwegian horror. Group of friends trapped in a remote abandoned hotel, stalked by an unknown axe welding maniac. Yeah seen it a zillion times before. But I was highly surprised by how well this film manages to deliver an intriguing plot and a truly terrifying atmosphere. It has some genuine moments of suspense. Rather than just an exercise in gore, this is a character driven story. Because time is spent developing the characters. You feel more for them when they are in peril. Kudos also for the makers not showing much of the killer until really the final act. It leaves a lot to the imagination, and that is always scarier that what can be put on screen. Some great visuals on offer here. From the breathtaking snows capes to the creepy interiors of the hotel. My only minor grumble is that the ending leaves a lot of questions unanswered. Maybe I will find out in the sequel? But apart from that, Pure and simple this is a truly entertaining horror.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 13 Feb 2008
By M. Cox
Format:DVD
I has very surprised how much I liked this, its not your usual inyour face slasher movie, this is very good. Good ending, which I find usually ruins a movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real chiller 26 Jan 2008
Format:DVD
Top notch slasher. Despite subtitles this is a really creepy and atomspheric thriller. Believable plot and well acted. Miles better than most, 'five young people get lost in the woods' dross that has been churned out in the last 10 years. You may never go skiing again!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb 14 Feb 2008
By Dr. Robert A. Josey VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is an excellently crafted film - in fact a bit of a master class in film making overall. Pace, characterisation, plotting, cinematography, soundtrack - 'Cold Prey' has it all.

The old hotel is genuinely creepy. The terror is built up carefully. The characters are human and likeable. And there is a great twist at the end.

Something to watch on a cold winter's night. Brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutly awesome 31 July 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
this film is absolutely awesome with outstanding performances from all of the cast, watched it many times over and I have only had it a few days, a great twist at the end, a must see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film 30 April 2013
Format:DVD
Intelligently written, beautifully shot, and well acted. Unusually for a horror film it devotes more time to establishing the characters than to slashing them down. We get quite involved in the lives of these likeable young people, and when the killer arrives on the scene we actually care what happens to them. It doesn't break any boundaries, and I see the torture-porn crowd are disappointed, but personally I found it riveting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining slasher
"Fritt Vilt", or "Cold Prey" as it was called in English, is a Norwegian horror movie from 2006, directed by Roar Uthaug. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dennis Alexis Hellström
5.0 out of 5 stars cold prey
this is and excellent film.its about a group of young persons wich go to a abandone home,and a killer its there ,a lots things happens in this film ,i think its excellent film.
Published 19 months ago by maria
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie
love cold prey its a great horror cant wate for part 2 if you like value for money this is a great dvd
Published on 1 May 2012 by irish2
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice slasher flick for a winter's evening...
Now, from the outset I must admit the reason i'm giving Cold Prey three stars (and not the two which it deserves, in my opinion) is that its taken a tired genre and crafted... Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2012 by Mr. J. Ryden
1.0 out of 5 stars Cold prey... a cold film
The last couple of reviewers and I must have been watching two totally different films. I found this to be a very bland excursion into what could have been a great "killer" film. Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2012 by Grant B
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This film is a brilliant slasher with very good acting. I was also impressed with the atmosphere the film held almost from the beginning. Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2011 by horrorfan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great slashers.
**review based on Cold Prey/Cold Prey 2 box set **

These are great slasher films although it's hard to treat them as two separate films. Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2010 by O Hooligan
4.0 out of 5 stars THE PERFECT HALOWEEN FILM!
Amazing! When I first watched this film, that was all I could say. There are many jumpy moments that, if watched in a cinema set-up, are going to make you jump through the... Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2010 by Lord Of Horror
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best
This is certainly one of the best slasher movies of the modern era. The fact it is in Norwegian actually added to the appeal (even my friend who normally avoids subtitled movies... Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2009 by S. Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Norwegian Horror
A great horror movie this is. I have to admit, this is the first Norwegian horror I have seen, but it is really great. Read more
Published on 7 Aug 2009 by G. M. Petzl
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