By: Larry Dwyer
Hey fiends – Since it’s been about 700 degrees here on the East Coast lately, I’ve been dreaming about winter; glorious snow, frosty breath and all that good cold stuff. Well, naturally, that got me to thinking about my favorite winter-themed horror movies. I mean, that’s natural, right?
Anyway, why don’t you take a few minutes, sit down by that air conditioner with a nice glass of lemonade and check out my favorites in this small corner of the horror genre. Maybe if we all think hard enough about Jack Torrance chasing Danny through that snow-covered maze, we’ll even begin to cool down a little bit.
The Shining (1980)
Speaking of Jack Torrance…”The Shining” is just about as good as it gets for winter-time horror movies. It’s easy to pick up how Wendy and Danny being snowed in really amplify their feelings of isolation and fear. Not to mention that their husband/father is slowly losing his mind and is making out with haggard ghosts in room 237.
Is “Gremlins” a true horror movie? Well, probably not but I think that I could make the argument to include it on this list. Little monsters with sharp teeth attacking and destroying the town? Check. Terrified citizens afraid for their lives? Check. The saddest story ever told about a father dying in a chimney while dressed as Santa on Christmas Eve? Check. Takes place in the winter? Check. That said, it’s on my list.
I remember stumbling upon this while looking for something to watch on Netflix Instant one night. I’m not sure I even read the description before deciding to watch it as I didn’t find out that it was an Adam Green movie until the credits. I think I picked it because I enjoyed the fact that the kid who played Iceman in the X-Men movies was in a movie called “Frozen”. If you haven’t seen it, please do so; many cringe-worthy moments in this cold film.
Let the Right One in (2008)
This gem came to me through a recommendation from a friend. I was able to secure the recommended version with the theatrical subtitles (look up that debacle if you haven’t heard about it) and was completely and thoroughly blown away. Everything about this movie is chilling, including its Swedish setting.
The Thing (1982)
I remember seeing this alien classic in the drive-in when I was about eight years old. A bunch of scientists are holed up in an Antarctic research facility. As if being in frigid Antarctica wasn’t bad enough, they have to contend with the escaped, impossible to catch alien while they try to figure out who is really who. Not to mention, they’re stuck hanging out with the oatmeal guy, Wilford “Dia-beet-us” Brimley.
That’s my list, kids. I know, I know…”where’s “30 Days of night”?!?! Unfortunately, I have never seen it so I couldn’t rightly include it in my list.
Stay gory my friends.