The following pages analyze 88 horror films grouped in 14 franchises. These franchises feature an antagonist, or villain, who has been present in all or most films. These antagonists are so iconic that they have, in all cases, generated multiple sequels. All movies contained in this book are rated, ranked and compared to each other.
Sends a chill down your spine!
Wind Chill is engaging and relatable for anyone who’s experienced driving in the snow. It takes place shortly before Christmas, on the road to Delaware. Although the protagonists are traveling home for Christmas together, they technically do not know each other. While avoiding a collision, the car crashes, ghosts appear, and terror ensues. The film could be scarier and more suspenseful.
Wind Chill’s rendition of ghosts is unsatisfactory. It’s disappointing and it’s not that creepy. The cold, on the other hand, is a great enemy. We sympathize for these characters and, had this been a movie only about people freezing, we would’ve cared more. This is the kind of story that works well on paper but doesn’t translate to screen passed the exposition. 2003’s Dead End did it better.
There aren’t that many Christmas-themed horror movies out there, so here’s one. Additionally, it’s a road movie, and these are fun. Great combination! Wind Chill is very atmospheric, well-filmed and smartly written. There is palpable tension and powerful build-up, but something should’ve been done about these ghosts. They should be translucent, shiny or something.