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Sunday, June 13, 2010

[6.50/10] Fritt Vilt a.k.a. Cold Prey (2006)


Fritt Vilt

a.k.a.

Cold Prey (2006)

"Fritt Vilt" is the story of 5 friends on a snowboard trip in the mountains. One of them gets in to a little accident, a nasty broken leg and they have to take shelter in a nearby abandoned ski resort. But there is something wrong, something very wrong. This place is abandoned, but not deserted. They are not alone. "Cold Prey" is slightly original for the fact that it's set out in the snow. It's not the first slasher to take this setting, although it's not the most obvious location for a film like this and the film deserves some credit for that. The snow setting also benefits the film as it allows director Roar Uthaug to impose an atmosphere of isolation on the proceedings which helps to keep things tense. Daniel Voldheim's striking cinematography uses both washed-out colors and shadowy lighting well, plus offers several breathtaking panoramic shots of the vast mountains. Good looking and well constructed horror films doesn't really have any scares. There is tension since the horror sequences are well done, but in a weird sort of way its more form over content with the sequences seemingly put together in such away, as to look stunning but draining them of fright. The film does get a bit boring in places and without much story, there isn't much to fall back on. The acting is good, but not great, and some of their fear is completely unconvincing. The writing, while spotty in the dialogue on occasion, flows well ad is never boring. Overall, while it's not bad, "Cold Prey"'s nothing one has not seen before, for the most part. Different setting, different language, same old scenarios.

  • My Rating: 6.50/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 100% (3 Reviews)
  • IMDb: 6.4/10

2 comments:

Jaccstev said...

What I find refreshing about this film is how it bucks contemporary conventions by not trying to out-gore or out-sex other slasher films. Another thing that is good is that you can actually like the characters. In so many slasher films the viewer can't wait for everyone to get killed off because they are such terrible characters.

Nebular said...

I absolutely agree, Jaccsy. The characters were actually very likable with just a few exceptions. Thankfully, those who were annoying died first :) The scariest thing about "Cold Pray" was the isolation - it's so terrifying to know you're in the middles of nowhere, surrounded by nothing but snow, and stuck in huge abandoned house with psycho killer trying to cut your throat. Rrrrr..!