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The Last Winter (2006)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 51
Fresh: 38 | Rotten: 13

The Last Winter creatively and effectively uses horror tactics -- fear, tension, anticipation, and just enough gore -- to shock, but never repulse, its audience.


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 5

The Last Winter creatively and effectively uses horror tactics -- fear, tension, anticipation, and just enough gore -- to shock, but never repulse, its audience.



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As preparation gets under way for the construction of an environmentally devastating oil well in a remote Alaskan base just outside the Arctic Circle, a series of unexplainable occurrences leads a team of adventurers to believe that something supernatural may be afoot in director Larry Fessenden's chilly snowbound thriller. Pollack (Ron Perlman) is the ultra-macho leader of a team of adventurers that includes his former lover Abby (Connie Britton), pot-smoking mechanic Motor (Kevin Corrigan),


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Larry Fessenden, Robert Leaver

Jul 22, 2008

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All Critics (52) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (13) | DVD (7)

Fessenden, who directed, produced, cowrote, edited and even has a part in the film rightly values mood at least as much as he does delivering more abominable snow monsters.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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The problem is that the ghostly culprit, some sort of nature spirit, isn't nearly as terrifying as the arguments that Pollack makes, or the fact that the ice in such places really is weakening.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Die-hard greenies may find this as unsettling as it's meant to be. For everyone else, it's closer to an atmospheric act of recycling.

October 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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The film isn't very interesting because it isn't well made.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comment (1)
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It works eerily well.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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It's the imaginative background, and Fessenden's talent at insinuating it into the action, that counts -- and unnerves -- in this most chilling of global-warming movies.

September 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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It's a pro-environmental apocalyptic shocker that works as a thinking man's ghost story pic.

November 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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An eco-supernatural dreamscape companion piece to Al Gore's cautionary doc, An Incovenient Truth, and a thinking man's figurative and literal sub-Arctic chiller with a turbulent character-driven indie soul.

July 23, 2008
Baret News

As such terror is harder and harder to articulate, the film is most effective when it abandons dialogue and leaves the camera to do its very spooky work.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Last Winter does make good on its intriguing premise. And after a dandy beginning and a so-so middle, it delivers a knockout ending.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The Last Winter's heart is in the right place, but it isn't pumping any blood.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Sure, global warming is scary, but chances are even Al Gore would be baffled by Larry Fessenden's moody, Arctic-set 'eco-thriller.'

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source:

This message hangs over the entire film... but Fessenden still manages to craft an intense and effective thriller.

September 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Come for the eerie unworldly menace, but stay for the well-balanced currents of terror that manages to sustain itself throughout the film.

September 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinerina | Comments (2)

A well done low budget indie production that lets the viewers' imagination picture how bad it gets when mother earth is finally pushed past the breaking point

September 23, 2007
Monsters and Critics

A horror movie about the consequences of global warming. Set in the Alaskan Wildlife Natural Reserve, the oil company is far scarier than the monsters that attack the movie's main characters.

September 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

Fessenden's best film to date is a horror movie built on eerie atmosphere and unspoken terror. Director of photography Magni Agustsson achieves beautiful visual textures and distances that allow hidden meanings to saturate the audience.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source:

A richly drawn, ambitious character piece both socially relevant and genuinely suspenseful... This is filmmaking both gorgeous and deeply unsettling.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

In the end, the scariest thing about The Last Winter is how few of its ideas seem truly fantastic or implausible.

September 21, 2007

Audience Reviews for The Last Winter

November 28, 2013
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Supernatural horror with an in-your-face environmental message at its heart. It's all about a crew of oil workers camped in the snowy Alaskan landscape who start to experience odd occurances linked to an oil well. Really quite disappointed with this overall, it didn't turn out to be as creepy or scary as it could have been and it's too damn slow. It does develop a good atmosphere and has one good scare, but the film doesn't really come to life until the 50 minute mark. It had the potential to be a lot better but it was still ok.
May 29, 2011
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boring sums it up
April 14, 2009

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    1. Abby Sellers: The whole world's going to band together.
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
    1. James Hoffman: Do you see it? Do you see it? Open your eyes!
    2. Ed Pollack: I don't see anything!
    3. James Hoffman: Open you eyes!
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
    1. Ed Pollack: What's needed out here is a pipeline. And a base camp. And a couple of wells. That's what God wants.
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
    1. Maxwell McKinder: Did you see it? Did you see it? ou there. Right out there.
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
    1. James Hoffman: Ghosts. What is the world anyway, but fossils? Plants and animals from a hundred million years ago.
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
    1. James Hoffman: The climate's changing exponentially. It's collapsing, it's altering.
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
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