|NOTE: As always, Let the Right One In is not only recommended, but encouraged|
I've found myself to be one of the biggest crusaders for this British horror import. The story follows a family meeting up for some New Years festivities in a winter home of some sort. Suddenly, the children all start to fall ill and act very...strange. Vomit, blood, foot prints, and even cat guts are all contrasted beautifully in the snow. The more I watch this film, the more foreshadowing moments I notice from the beginning, and the more I love it. It's an interesting take on the "killer kid" genre, and a very well executed one at that.
One of Stephen King's "lesser known" works, this one is probably one of my favorites. Crossing just about every genre border from horror, to sci-fi, to thriller, to psychological, action, and even a bit of humor here and there...this one just works. It almost seems like Stephen King threw everything in there, including the kitchen sink, and it came out wonderfully. The story deals with aliens, ghosts, diseases, mind-slippage, a ridiculous snow storm, and Morgan Freeman. Honestly, can you ask for anything more?
I've said it before and I'll say it again, this is John Carpenter's masterpiece. The undisputed best remake of all time and one of the most widely praised horror films in history, this story of an unknown creature attempting to take over everything in it's way is done flawlessly WITHOUT any shotty CGI. The effects are marvelous, the story line is horrifying, Kurt Russell plays the bad-ass to end all bad-asses, and the snowy terrain makes things all the more chilling.
While this film is notorious for the events that happen within the Overlook Hotel doors, we cannot forget that the reason the Lloyd family is stuck in the hotel in the first place is because of the snow storm of the century. The snow even played a vital enough role to completely change the original ending of the novel in Kubrick's adaptation from the moving shrubbery to the ice labyrinth. The very essence of cabin fever is perfect for when the snow traps you in your living room with your younger siblings and nagging parents.
THE DEAD ZONE
One of my favorite roles played by Christopher Walken, this Cronenberg flick is as stunning as it is haunting. Hey, is anyone else noticing a pattern here?
Oh yeah, there's the pattern. Stephen King REALLY likes snow in horror films. I find this to be completely acceptable, as he's the master of the horror novella and all of his stories give me the creeps. Most of his movies end up being disappointments, but occasionally we're given something actually worth his merit. This, my friends, is one of those examples.
DEVIL TIMES FIVE
Surprisingly, I didn't get my grubby little paws on a copy of this until this winter. I'm so glad that I did, because this film was a thrill a minute and I'm a little confused as to why it isn't better known. In my opinion, it's completely underrated and was extremely aesthetically pleasing.