Wind Chill

August 3rd, 2007


Wind Chill

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Two college students share a ride home for the holidays. When they break down on a deserted stretch of road, they're preyed upon by the ghosts of people who have died there.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 5.9/10 (9,648 voted)

Critic's Score: 52/100

Director: Gregory Jacobs

Stars: Emily Blunt, Ashton Holmes, Martin Donovan

A couple of college students known only as the Girl and the Guy are traveling home to Delaware the day before Christmas Eve. They're on a frozen road that the Guy is convinced is a scenic short-cut. In the middle of nowhere in below freezing conditions they are run off the road by a hit and runner. They soon realize they're caught in a supernatural bubble where a crime from 1954 is doomed to repeat itself, year after year threatening new victims. The Guy attempts to walk back to the last petrol station but his wounds from the crash are worse than he let on.

Writers: Joe Gangemi, Steven Katz

Emily Blunt - Girl
Ashton Holmes - Guy
Martin Donovan - Highway Patrolman
Ned Bellamy - Snowplow Driver
Ian A. Wallace - Priest (as Ian Wallace)
Donny James Lucas - Stranger (as Donny Lucas)
Chelan Simmons - Blonde Girl
Darren Moore - Clerk
Linden Banks - Proctor
Caz Odin Darko - Teenage Boy #1 (as Caz Darko)
Heath Horejda - Teenage Boy #2

Taglines: There Are Worse Things Than Dying


Official Website: TriStar Pictures [United States] |

Release Date: 3 August 2007

Filming Locations: Brenda Mines Road, Peachland, British Columbia, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $20,146 (USA) (29 April 2007) (42 Screens)

Gross: $20,146 (USA) (29 April 2007)

Technical Specs


Factual errors: There is no Route 606 in Pennsylvania.

Girl: [after having been locked in the gas station bathroom and unable to get out or be heard by anyone] Hey, didn't you just hear me banging in there?
Guy: [bewildered laugh] When?
Girl: Oh that's funny to you? Me locked in, you think that's funny?
Guy: What are you talking about? Locked in where?
Girl: You're telling me, you didn't just hear me banging on the door. I could hear you.
Guy: Listen I don't know what you're talking about.
Girl: [pauses] Forget it, it doesn't matter, let's just get back on the road.

User Review

A turning point in contemporary horror?

Rating: 8/10

It's a shame more horror fans either aren't or can't see this movie, because it may very well signify a shift in the contemporary horror film (as of Spring 2007, when it was released).

The first "Saw" movie is usually seen as heralding a new direction and a new popularity in horror when it was first released and, despite the fact that the movie is principally a really twisty whodunit, it spawned dozens upon dozens of movies based on its essential formula: people (usually teenagers, often teen actors on their summer hiatus from their WB TV shows) in peril threatened with ghastly violence shown explicitly. The studios put any number of old movies into the remake machine in order to retrofit them with the new formula--and an R rating--to the point where these movies had the repetitive predictability of a Catholic mass.

Besides being bored with this genre, the massacres at Virginia Tech, I think, forced people to look to a new incarnation of horror--although, to be honest, I think current events have only a momentary impact on the movies. And that's where "Wind Chill" comes in.

"Wind Chill" is a movie which will disappoint you if you're hoping to see "Hostel"--a type of movie some people have compared to porn in its lack of substance apart from its depictions of explicit physical acts (in this case, violence). It's a thoughtful movie which takes the traditional elements of the most primitive horror movies and re-imagines them for our time. Think of the old James Whale haunted house movie, "The Old Dark House," and compare it to "Wind Chill" and you'll see how our oldest fears are presented anew--as if to say those old fears are never eliminated. This is the archetypal basis of the entire genre.

The movie isn't perfect--it's too talky, the exposition is piled on in the last third, the scares are rarely effective, and the resolution isn't quite plausible. But I thought it was fun and weird and full of unexpected depth.

I'm not certain in which direction "Wind Chill" is pointing the horror movie--maybe in the direction of the late 60s/early 70s "just slightly off" horror like "Rosemary's Baby" or the old "Night Gallery" TV series--rather than in the direction of grind house horror. But it's a worthwhile experiment.


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