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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!
I don't really want to spoil anything about the baddie (not much to spoil really) but let's just say I'm a little immune to Michael Myers and Jason. These films are a welcome addition to the genre having the elements and thick snow also working against the potential victims.
I was pretty satisfied after watching these back to back.
The Norwegian title actually translated as "Open Season" and the first film is a fairly conventional take on the slasher movie; young group go snowboarding, a mishap puts them in an abandoned hotel - cue stalking psychopath. The storyline isn't particularly original, but the beautifully evocative icy Norwegian landscape, at turns glinting in sunlight then becoming ferociously bleak, adds a little extra to the setting together with a creeping, menacing pace, well judged by director Roar Uthaug.
The second film very neatly takes up where the first left off, this time closer in feel and concept to something like "Halloween" as the true force of the killer is unleashed.
This film is even more conventional, perhaps a little less successful than the first, but well handled by its director Mats Stenberg.
Both films are presented in 16.9 widescreen in Norwegian language with English subtitles.
The first runs at 97 mins. with a short "behind the scenes" feature and a trailer; the second runs for 86 mins. with just the trailer as an extra.
A rather good, recommendable pairing, sufficiently different from their American antecedents, well made, acted and conceived. Certainly worth adding to any discerning viewer's horror/thriller collection.
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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Although this movie is a good watch u have to have your reading head on, as it's in Norwegian, the subtitles are English but reading a movie is not for everyone. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amy-J:)
Why no English subtitles for this film; there are on the DVD ?Published 12 months ago by Timothy john crowe
Love this film even though it was subtitled I hardly noticed as I was wrapped up in the suspense of the movie.Published 17 months ago by fox lady
A cut-above contemporary slasher movies - no pun intended. "Cold Prey" builds slowly, drawing us into a group of friends and letting us know who they are before the horror... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Fluffrick
"Fritt Vilt", or "Cold Prey" as it was called in English, is a Norwegian horror movie from 2006, directed by Roar Uthaug. Read morePublished on 21 Dec. 2013 by Dennis Alexis Hellström
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... Read morePublished on 31 July 2013 by Mrs K Mark
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. Read morePublished on 30 April 2013 by oldbillie