I love horror movies that utilize a wintry, snowy environment. I’m a sucker for them. They just instantly put me in the proper mood for scares and they are tailor made for watching from under a blanket. Even a horrible movie like DREAMCATCHER is highly watchable to me based on this phenomenon. I’ve gathered a bunch of snow-scare movies here for you folks to peruse. They are not in any order unless you count the fact that the DVDs that were closest to my computer came first. Maybe you can get some ideas for winter watching from this collection. I’d pretty much recommend almost all of them. (Even DREAMCATCHER, which although indisputably wretched is also indisputably hilarious) . Do you have any favorites that I have forgotten? Let me know in the comments section! I’m always looking for another snow movie to chill to!
GINGERSNAPS: THE BEGINNING (2004)
Not the best of the series, but still stunning.
A needs-no-introduction classic.
DEAD ZONE (1983)
CRONENBERG knows cold.
WIND CHILL (2007)
Underrated haunter; part road movie, part ghost story. EMILY BLUNT‘s frigid character turns down the thermostat even further.
Runs icy rings around the OMEN remake.
Ludicrous and overblown, but the animal exodus scene is beautiful to behold.
Low-budget thriller saved by atmosphere and interesting performances.
BLACK CHRISTMAS (2006)
I’m sorry DREAMCATCHER, maybe you aren’t the worst in this grouping!
THE SHINING (1980)
Hey look, I didn’t use a picture of the hotel OR the maze!
SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT (1984)
Grandpa is my hero in life.
GHOST STORY (1981)
Talk about atmosphere. It may have failed the brilliant novel, but the visual tone is spot on.
DEVIL TIMES FIVE (1974)
I’d rather take a bath with a piranha then give up my copy of this Kindertauma favorite.
THE BOOGENS (1981)
Why is this not high on the remake to-do list? I want a BOOGENS upgrade!
Includes one of the best slasher death scenes EVER.
THE THING (1982)
A yet to be dethroned ultimate snowbound terror masterpiece.
CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE (1944)
I think I can blame this film alone for being the catalyst of my snowbound horror obsession. The climax is simply gorgeous.
BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974)
Here is the real deal classic! This movie is so frosty I need to get another hit of hooch!
THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES (2002)
I know I’m a freak, but I totally believe in Sir Moths-a-lot.
SUSPENDED ANIMATION (2001)
From the director of LET’S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH, if you ask me, he’s still got it!
DEAD OF WINTER (1986)
A snowy little salute to HITCHCOCK, perfect for a late night watch.
SILENT NIGHT BLOODY NIGHT (1974)
Two words,… MARY WORONOV
O.K. this is a REAL tribute to the ’80s slashers, and it’s done right.
An inevitable cult classic.
THE DARK HOURS (2005)
I couldn’t recommend this movie more. It’s so good! My goal in life is to bring it to the stage!
JACK FROST (1996)
It’s kind of cheating using Christmas movies, but this one is too bizarre to pass up.
SANTA’S SLAY (2005)
Speaking of holiday horror, nobody is allowed into Kindertrauma Castle during the season without being forced to watch the OPENING SCENE to this must-have horror comedy!
30 DAYS OF NIGHT (2007)
Say what you like. Vampires? Check. Snow? Check. Lancifer in happy place? Double check!!
Is any round up on Kindertrauma complete without GREMLINS? The answer is “no.” Hey look, you can see Dorry’s tavern!
LAST BUT NOT LEAST: SNOW BEAST (1977)
Aunt John would have my head if I didn’t mention his favorite all time television movie!
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