Dead of Winter (2006)
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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
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. **
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!
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