Dead of Winter Reviews

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Super Reviewer
July 18, 2011
Trippy...yet so smart. A great horror film that really makes you think.
February 8, 2012
I remember watching this movie a little bit ago, from what i remember this movie wasnt really bad but wasnt good either. Still you should see it!
½ February 25, 2009
Well I guess this gives the whole "don't do drugs" a totally different meaning, lol. Wow, where to start. This was such a confusing mess. The story was good, the cast was so so and the executing was just terrible. It had a lot of potential but they royally messed this up. Another waste of my time...so sad.
½ December 16, 2008
A couple is slipped acid which sends them on a bad trip. When they "crash" and are forced to run for their lives through the snow they realize there are in more trouble than they can handle. A great film with a good ending twist. A must see.
June 19, 2013
Not bad. Supposedly based on true events, it's really more a morality tale on the dangers of drugs than a thriller, but still a decent story and some good tension building in parts. Character actors McNamara and Joyce are solid performers, they just don't have a lot to work with they, and the others excepting the leads, are truly supporting roles without a lot of depth
February 15, 2012
Dead of Winter (Brian McNamara, 2007)

Somehow it didn't occur to me that this movie (also released as Lost Signal), which popped up on some channel or other as Brian McNamara's Dead of Winter, was directed by THAT Brian McNamara, a TV character actor (currently appearing on Army Wives) who's had a guest spot at some point or another on probably half the shows you watch on TV. To date, this rather silly psychological horror flick is McNamara's only feature-length directorial effort. There's a reason for that.

Plot: after leaving a New Year's Eve party where their drinks were spiked with LSD by the sadistic host, Kevin (American Gangster's Al Santos) and Tiffany (Cry_Wolf's Sandra McCoy) have an accident on their way home, panic, and run off into the woods, their only lifeline being a spotty cell phone they use every once in a while to check in with the local sheriff (played by McNamara) and his dispatcher (Bubba Ho-Tep's Ella Joyce). Kevin eventually becomes convinced that they are being stalked, and the two of them flee deeper into the woods even as the sheriff does his best to get a manhunt going in the sub-zero weather.

I wanted to like this movie. I've been a big Ella Joyce fan ever since the Roc days (and that's two decades ago now), and there are a number of places where there's a hook out there, dangling, waiting for McNamara and/or screenwriters Robert Egan and Graham Silver, two producers working on their first script, to pick it up and run with it. They never do, preferring a script that stands solely in service to the plot-which is thin. As such, you end up with a dead generic pseudo-psychological thriller often (and never favorably) compared to The Shining. **
December 20, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

(2006) Dead Of Winter
HORROR/ SOCIAL COMMENTARY

Supposed to be based on a true story about a clean cut teenage girl goes to her first beer party only to try out her first snort of cocaine, and the first time experiencing her first drink which was supposed to be spiked with the date rape drug! And upon her boyfriend driving his clean cut girlfriend home, he starts to hallucinate and she starts to believe him that someone is stalking to kill them. They run through the snow thinking that someone is after them. The twist at the end somehow contradicts the actions of the characters themselves- this is definitely supposed to be an anti- drug kind of film but the whole thing is ludicrous and illogical!

1/2 out of 4 stars
Super Reviewer
July 18, 2011
Trippy...yet so smart. A great horror film that really makes you think.
January 23, 2011
This movie portrays itself to be a scary horror movie when it reality it just about two kids who get doped up on acid and meth and get lost in a forest. overall it's a really boring movie and the expected twist at the end isn't worth waiting five minutes for let alone the 80 minutes it does take to finally finish this worthless film. I would only recommended this movie to stoners who want to reminisce about the times they wigged out on meth and acid and saw scary things that weren't real!
December 15, 2010
The movie was alright and I didn't really understand it.
½ November 5, 2010
Two kids snort meth, drop acid and get lost in the woods. The alternate title was CENTRALIA WEEKEND.
December 8, 2008
This is a pretty decent movie.
Worth watchin if your bored.
It shows how whether on drugs or not u can have a bad trip.
½ November 19, 2008
The film is suspenseful in general and does manage to create a good atmosphere. Eerie score. But the story has too many holes and makes no sense too often. Good try though.
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