Dead of Winter Reviews
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. **
(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
Also talk about a bad trip...
It's a shame that the beginning was weak, but as it progressed to the ending, it was a mind blaster!