Here we have a fine effort by Larry Fessenden to make horror entertaining, rather than simply relying on splatter and body counts. The movie progresses at a leisurely pace, building character development and tension. Odd things are happening, and the viewer is left to speculate about what is going wrong. I do not get the impression, like some others, that "The Last Winter" is meant to be purely a message movie about screwing with the environment. When viewed as simply entertainment, it delivers. The on location photography adds tremendously, and Ron Perlman gives a standout performance. Maybe the oil company drilling unleashed a hallucinatory gas,that caused abnormal behavior, maybe it didn't. The film has many possible explanations, none of which are crystal clear, but that is also what makes "The Last Winter" fascinating.