Icons of Terror 2016: 14 Horror Movie Franchises Featuring Legendary Modern Monsters

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Wind Chill

Two college students sharing a ride home for the holidays break down on a deserted road haunted by ghosts.

 

United States
United Kingdom
2007
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Festivity: 
Christmas
Character Focus: 
Ghost Film
Catastrophes: 
Crash
Dimensional: 
Static
5.04
Sends a chill down your spine!
6
5.04
7.04
7.04
2
3
3
Performances
Effects
Ambiance
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.
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