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Genre: Thriller
Starring: Emily Blunt, Ashton Holmes, Martin Donovan, Ned Bellamy, Chelan Simmons
Director: Gregory Jacobs
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2007




- The Making of Wind Chill
- Commentary Track



Languages: English/Spanish/
Subtitles: English/Spanish/Chinese/
Aspect Ratio: 2.40 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 31 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment
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Desperate to get to Delaware for Christmas, a college student catches a ride with a strange classmate. As soon as she begins to uncover he knows a little too much about her, the stranger decides to take a shortcut down a remote country road. Caught in a raging snowstorm, the young travellers are suddenly forced off the road by a mysterious car. Stranded, they soon realize the cold is the least of their worries.


At first glance, we are betting that no one in the right mind would pick this DVD up for a nice movie night out at home: It looks like a C-grade horror movie with a disc cover designed by an intern with bad font choice (the chalky red font type looks amateurish) and a tagline (Catch Your Death, how creative is that?) which is tackily bad. But the movie is an efficient horror thriller that delivers in terms of shock and paranoia. We are guessing that teenage adolescents will dig flicks like this.

The brief and no-nonsense 91-minute movie tells the story of two college students who drive home in a car for the holidays. They experience some scary supernatural sightings when their vehicle breaks down on a deserted stretch of road.

Starring the lovely Emily Blunt (The Summer of Love, The Devil Wears Prada) and the affable Ashton Holmes (A History of Violence) as “Girl” and “Guy” (we thought this is rather cute), the movie is a two-man performance which has most of the scenes taking place in the car most of the time. Kids with fear for tight places will find this movie disturbing because of its various claustrophobic sequences.

The movie plays mind games with you, and it plays them really well. Coupled with the captivating performances of the young stars and the tight editing by Lee Percy (Maria Full of Grace, The Ice Harvest), the chilliness of the movie can be felt immensely throughout.

It is interesting to see some big names on the movie’s credit list. George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh are the executive producers of this UK-USA collaboration. Director Gregory Jacobs (who worked as assistant director on Clooney’s Solaris and Soderbergh’s Ocean’s 11/12/13) does not resort to gore, violence and cheap scare tactics to make you jump.

Who cares if the movie’s plot does not make much sense? Or that it does not discuss important issues like globalization and politics? Or that it does not make the world a better place? We are almost sure that it’ll make for a good fright on a boring weekday night, if you can get pass the bland DVD cover.


This Code 3 DVD contains a 17-minute feature “The Making of Wind Chill”, where the cast and crew talk about how difficult it is to work on a constantly cold set, and how tricky it is to find spots on the road where they can film at. There is also a Commentary Track where the movie’s director and writers talk about how they are inspired originally by a story idea involving a haunted car, and how the snow flakes are actually made of yucky dried potato flakes.


Despite the movie’s constantly darkly-lit sequences, the disc’s visual transfer is still clear enough for us to figure out what’s happening. There are English, Spanish Portuguese and Thai Dolby Digital 5.1 audio options to choose from.



Review by John Li


Other titles from Origin Entertainment:

. The Contractor

. The Wicker Man

. Blood & Chocolate

. Are We Done Yet?

. Android Apocalypse

. Elizabeth I

. The Proposition

. 3 Needles

. Ghost Rider

. The Pursuit of Happyness

. The Illusionist

. Catch & Release


This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


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