Wind Chill

2007

Wind Chill

Critics Consensus

Wind Chill is a ghost story with a clunky and unpolished script that fails to keep viewers in suspense.

46%

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Total Count: 24

31%

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User Ratings: 8,198
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During Christmas break, a young woman catches a ride home from a stranger she meets through a college ride board. Racing to beat a severe winter storm, the two young travelers take a shortcut down a remote country road, only to find them selves forced into a snow bank by a mysterious vehicle that engages them in a dangerous game of chicken. Over the long night that ensues, an intense relationship develops between the pair as they must brave the elements and confront the road's sinister legacy that dates back to the terrible events that occurred there in the 1950s.

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (13)

  • As clunky as it is emotionally unconvincing.

    Aug 3, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Ropey, derivative and very, very boring horror-thriller.

    Aug 3, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Promising elements never quite bind.

    Jul 31, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Tae Mawson

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • Almost always, you can expect the worst when a studio dumps a film without advance screenings. But the well-crafted thriller Wind Chill, with rising star Emily Blunt, is the very rare case where somebody (in this case, Sony) goofed.

    May 2, 2007 | Rating: 3/4
  • Well before day breaks, it's the movie's plot (which would have made for an outstanding Outer Limits episode) that has come to seem stuck in an endless loop.

    May 2, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Wind Chill, for all its flaws, is an often spooky and imaginative ghost story that contains a genuine creepiness.

    May 1, 2007

Audience Reviews for Wind Chill

  • Apr 19, 2017
    You know, living in a tropical island, I've never one been witness to snow. Even the one time I traveled out of the country, to New Jersey to visit my uncle and his family. I remember it being colder than anything I've ever experienced before, or since, but I never actually seen snow or played in the snow. This is both a blessing and a curse, cause I don't think I'd be able to deal with how cold it can get in some places in the U.S during the summer. But it sucks in that I have to deal with the hot weather here, which can get unbearable, all the time. There should be a bit of a happy medium, where it's just the perfect temperature, neither too hot nor too cold. Anyway, this brings us to the movie that I, quite frankly, didn't know what to make of. Is it a bad movie? I don't really think I would go that far, but it's not a movie that I would call good either. It's also not average, I think it falls just slightly short of that. The film is fairly simple, this woman uses the ride share board to, duh, get a ride from this guy back home to Delaware. They 'relationship' starts out contentiously as the girl and the guy, never referred to by name, are constantly arguing for one reason or another. The guy doesn't do himself any favors when he knows things about the girl that he should have no real way of knowing unless he was pulling off some stalker-ish behavior. After stopping off at a gas station, the guy decides to take a shortcut. The girl is initially mistrustful of him, because of the behavior he has already showed. Things get even worse when their car is driven off the road and they're stranded in the middle of a very snowy road. This is when the strange(r) things start happening. First of all, however, it is revealed that the guy was actually spying on the girl's text messaging during class, which is how he knew she needed a ride, and he quickly put up a notice on the board offering a ride. He did this because it was the only way he felt he could talk to her. Once again, this helps create mistrust between the girl and the guy, as she believes he's some kind of psycho. This doesn't last long, of course, once the shit starts to hit the fan. This is where the problems immediately start, the horror in this movie is practically nonexistent and, quite frankly, nonsensical when you get right down to it. Turns out that several accidents have happened during this stretch of road. It's also revealed that there was this cop who murdered several people in this road and he threw their bodies down a ditch and/or in a cabin or something. The problem with this is the fact that there's literally no explanation as to why the ghost cop is now haunting this road, other than the fact that I, believe, he said during his death, several decades earlier, that they'll never be rid of him. That's literally all there is to explain why he's not trying to fuck over our leads. And then there's the priests that the girl, inexplicably, sees walking in the woods looking like fucking vampires or something. I don't get why these assholes appeared in this movie, I guess it was to give the movie something of a menace, since the ghost cop, despite being a serial killer, doesn't really give off the vibe of being scary or anything of the sort. There's more inexplicable scenes such as when the guy hits the ghost cop, why does he and the girl then teleport into the car and the ghost cop disappears as if nothing had ever happened. An event that neither of them actually brings up after the fact. They just go on with their lives as if they hadn't just fucking teleported to the inside of the car. I liked the film's concept in that the leads have to deal with not only surviving the elements, but also surviving supernatural beings, as it were. It's not that it was a super great concept, but it could have lead to a reasonably entertaining horror movie. That is not what we got here, sadly. The acting is solid, Emily Blunt and Ashton Holmes were good here and their characters' arc, while a bit forced at times, was decent enough. I just wish the rest of the movie had a better narrative and a better reason for why shit is happening other than, quite literally, just because. I don't think this movie had the potential to be a truly great horror movie, but it had more going for it than a lot of horror movies during this era. It's just a shame that the movie doesn't really attempt to make a lick of sense when it comes to its horror. They do things just because it helps them move the story they want to tell forward, whether it was logical or not. This is ok, at best. It's certainly watchable if you've got nothing better to do for 90 minutes, but there's no real reason you should go out of your way to watch this.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Aug 07, 2012
    [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] The main reason I watched Wind Chill was the fact it starred Emily Blunt. I tend to keep a fairly open mind when it comes to experiencing ridiculous horror movies that just happen to have talented actresses in them because sometimes they surprise me and turn out to be pretty good. Past examples include Christina Ricci in The Gathering and Hilary Swank in The Reaping. Despite a marvellous set up in the first twenty minutes or so the rest of the film unfortunately doesn't live up to it, I think it could have been better as a short film because as a whole it doesn't have a lot of inventive material. I essentialy found both of those movies more interesting and less baggy than Wind Chill. The film has a reasonable idea for a throwaway claustrophobic thriller but as it unfolds it annoyingly succumbs to the cliche's and groan inducing sentimentality. Not at one point did I jump and neither was I scared watching it in the slightest. It runs out of steam and gets repetitive pretty quickly and although Emily Blunt and Ashton Holmes do the best with the material they are given they alone cannot save it from it's complete lack of shivering chills. Consequently the film just loses its way, drags itself along and quite simply ended up boring me almost in it's entirety.
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2012
    quite stylish but not a well made horror film. the film is just so slow and the suspense is none existence. emily blunt is ultimately wasted
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2011
    Would have made an excellent short story a'la Twilight Zone, but as a feature film it was stretched a little too thin to be really powerful.
    Robert C Super Reviewer

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