The Thing – Top 10 Winter Horrors, Or Things That Go Bump In The Snow
Ever wondered what really happened during the events leading up to the original film The Thing? Get ready to find out where it all began as the chilling prequel to John Carpenter‘s sci-fi horror classic crashes onto Blu-ray with Digital Copy, DVD and download to own on March 26. Pre-order your copy here http://bit.ly/zaIFQN
THE THING is the latest in a line of chilling horrors and thrillers set in snowy climes. To celebrate the release, here’s a round-up of some of our favourites…
The Abominable Snowman (1957)
An expedition to the Himalayas in search of the fabled Yeti goes all wrong when one of the team is revealed as a carnival owner intent on getting a new exhibit for his show. Peter Cushing is the voice of reason as they come under attack from the Yeti who doesn’t like the idea of a career in show business.
Stanley Kubrick‘s tense horror has rightly taken on cult status. Jack Nicholson and his family are kept on to look after a deserted hotel in the middle of winter. Slowly the desolation starts to play tricks on their minds until Jack snaps. The ‘Here’s Johnny!’ moment is a classic scene in modern cinema.
James Caan stars in the Stephen King horror as a writer working under stress. The stress in this case comes from super-fan Kathy Bates who, while apparently nursing Caan back to health after he crashes his car in a blizzard, decides that she doesn’t like the ending of his latest book. Before seeing this film, the thought of being snowbound in a cabin in the woods always quite appealed…not anymore!
My Little Eye (2002)
It’s Big Brother gone bad as five strangers are brought together to compete for a cash prize by staying at a creepy snowed-in house. As the body count begins to rise, they realise that this TV show is nothing more than a snuff movie. If only Big Brother UK had been like this!
30 Days of Night (2007)
Josh Hartnett is sheriff of an Alaskan town which is plunged into darkness for a whole month each year. Sadly for the townsfolk it’s also the time of year that a bunch of vampires want to come out and go on a bloodthirsty rampage. Can the sheriff and his wife save the town?
Cold Prey (2007)
This Norwegian horror borrows plot elements from each of the films on this list to give us one great whole. Youngsters are forced to stay at a snow-bound hotel when one of them breaks his leg. They are cut off from the outside world and there is a psychopath on the loose. What could go wrong?
Let The Right One In (2008)
This is a Swedish slow-burn classic that is both gripping and truly terrifying. The film follows Oskar, a young boy who is bullied by the other kids and dreams of revenge. His salvation comes in the form of Eli, a pretty young girl who also has a passion for blood…
Dead Snow (2009)
More Scandinavian horror as a group of students on a skiing holiday are confronted by a troop of slow moving Nazi zombies. It may be because they lost the war or more likely because they are dead, but these Nazis are seriously hell-bent on carnage.
U.S. Marshal Kate Beckinsale is on hand in the Antarctic when bodies are discovered in the snow. The killer is among her group of comrades but who can she trust? It’s tense, it’s scary and it’s really, really cold!
The Thing (2011)
A group of research scientists accidentally stumble on the existence of a frozen alien craft in remote Antarctica . Follow the horrifying fall-out of a decision to bring the craft and its deep-frozen inhabitant back to base camp as the scientists battle to contain the terror they have unwittingly unleashed.
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