A Norwegian horror film about a bunch of friends out snowboarding. One of them breaks his leg, and they are forced to take shelter in an abandoned hotel.
This was a terrific slasher that came from out of nowhere. The spooky setting of the old hotel worked so very well, and the kills were vicious. Once things went sour, the speed of the film took off, and there was nary a dull moment.
Originally, the film came out in 2006 overseas, but it took years before it finally made its way to the US. I had heard rumors that the delay was because they were investigating the possibility of doing a US remake, of course. Not sure if that is true, but it wouldn’t surprise me. I had already imported the entire trilogy years before they were released on DVD in the US (Cold Prey 1 hit the US in 2009, part 2 in April of 2013, and part 3 still isn’t out in the US yet).
The reason the film worked for me was because the killer’s determination was furious, and the group knew they couldn’t go outside the hotel at night or they would die of exposure.
The other thing was the characters had what felt like human reactions to what was happening. Bad things happened, but it was never really because they did something overwhelmingly stupid, which is a formula a lot of movies use. It was just a bad decision or bad judgement that would often put them in a bad situation.
While this does have the feel of a traditional slasher on the surface, the directing and the location really make it stand out from the pack.