We all know what horrors to watch during the colder months. Black Christmas or Silent Night, Deadly Night around Christmas. The Shining, 30 Days of Night, or The Thing for the snowy days that follow. But with a winter storm taking over a substantial portion of the US right now, I feel like there may be need for a few more options. Thankfully, there's more than just a few more, mostly under-rated, winter horrors to choose from.
P2 / While She Was Out
If you still have a Christmas tree up in January (I won't judge), plug those lights back in and put on one of these mild, yet fun Christmas slashers – both of which I consider extremely underrated during the holiday season when Black Christmas normally reigns supreme. In P2, Wes Bentley plays a wonderfully weird stalker and the parking garage in December location sets up a nice, chilly atmosphere for the viewer.
And in While She Was Out, based on a short story by Edward Bryant, Kim Basinger gives us a more "mature" final girl worth rooting for as she evades, and then starts to fight back, against a gang of ruthless thugs in the middle of some icy urban woods.
Phantoms still feels like a sleeper flick. Most genre fans only recall it after being reminded of the cast (Ben Affleck and Rose McGowan), but based on the book by Dean Koontz, I always recommend it during the colder months for anyone who is looking to revisit a film. Sure, some of the effects are dated and hokey, but the movie mainly relies on a general eeriness and a “what you can’t see” type monster.
Bleak and cold, this killer kid flick is actually pretty good. It doesn't fall into the B-movie area most of the type do, instead offering up some fun kills, a serious tone, and even a few good scares.
I didn’t expect much of this film when I first saw it. And yes, while it’s nothing amazing or original, it’s still a fairly decent ghost story that plays on the notion of history repeating itself. Plenty of snow and frostbite to be had throughout as well.
Storm of the Century
One of the better Stephen King TV adaptions, about a Maine island imprisoned by a blizzard and besieged by a strange, supernatural man who’s come for something very particular. And who won’t leave without it. Solid acting, an interesting plot, and distinctly King, this is a good choice if you have a long night to spend inside.
Though not knocking Cold Prey or Dead Snow, if I had to choose a decidedly foreign flick to watch while snowed in, I'd have to go with Troll Hunter. Not very scary, but definitely full of monster fun!
30 Days of Night
Ok, maybe not completely underrated since most people enjoyed this one, but, I mean… Finally! A winter horror unafraid to spill at least a little blood in the snow. If you haven’t seen this movie about vampires slaughtering an Alaskan town experiencing the long, dark winter the state is famous for, then you need to. It’s action-packed, bloody, and the vampires are brutal and sadistic, just how we like them.
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