Hey there horrorfiends! and welcome to the very first hidden horror for the christmas season. I know we covered almost all christmas horror movies the previous two Christmas season so this season we are instead going to throw in more “snowbound” horror movies. And so the first of our snowbound horror movie reviews for the christmas season is the 1973 made for tv Paranoia chiller “A cold nights death” starring Eli Wallach and Robert Culp
from IMDB: Scientists Robert Jones and Frank Enari are dispatched to the Tower Mountain Research Station to replace a colleague, Dr. Vogel.For the past five days, due to a severe snow storm, Dr. Vogel failed to communicate with the base. His last communications with the base betrayed a confused, anxious and delirious man. Concerned about Dr. Vogel’s safety and state of mind, the base sends the two replacement scientists to the summit research station via helicopter.The replacement researchers bring along a chimpanzee for the cold weather tests. When they arrive at the summit research station, the two replacement scientists find a ransacked station and Dr. Vogel frozen to death. Soon the two scientists suspect that someone other then there research primates is inhabiting there polar station.
A cold Nights Death is a slow-burn character driven movie. The majority of the film focuses on the two scientists slowly going at each others throats over strange happenings in the research station. The way the station is shot, the snowbound location and the sense of paranoia between the two characters just cannot make the viewer help but think about John Carpenter’s the Thing, even though this made for tv movie came out 9 years before the John Carpenter masterpiece.
Now the ending is what can make or break the movie for many viewers. I for one thought the ending was pretty creepy and very “twilight zone esque” in a very very subtle way. So if you want a slow-burn character driven snowbound movie from quite awhile ago with a neat ending. Seek out this little made for TV movie for your wintertime. – James J. Coker