[Review] Creature Feature Chaos: Jong-ho Huh’s Monstrum

Director: Jong-ho Huh | Writer: Jeong-uk Byeon, Heo-dam and Jong-ho Huh | Released: September 12, 2018 | Run Time: 1h 45min


Monstrum is a South Korean creature feature that ticks all the boxes. It’s one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while. It has a great backstory, tons of character depth, a great script, and an ending you’ll have to see to believe. The actors go above and beyond anything I could’ve expected. And the creature is prominent in most of the film. If the creature isn’t in the frame, then it’s probably being mentioned. The antagonist uses the monster to his advantage.

The film starts out with Yoon Gyeom (Kim Myung-Min) in King Junjong’s court with Myung, a little girl he rescued from the pit. Sim Woon (Lee Kyoung-Young) tells King Junjong the little girl has the plague. Yoon Gyeom protects the girl from death. King Jungjong orders Yoon to leave with the girl, and Sung Han, Yoon’s right-hand man goes with him. To put this whole ordeal in perspective, Yoon was King Jungjong’s most trusted general. Fast forward several years, and the rumors of Monstrum start circulating again. People are getting slaughtered by an unknown creature, and the plague may or may not be spreading.

King Jungjong calls upon Yoon to find the illusive creature before it’s too late. Yoon takes Sung and Myung with him to help with his mission. The trio must also fight against a group of people trying to overthrow King Jungjong. The historical perspective and the action make this a great film. The acting is top-notch, even the supporting cast deliver memorable lines. From the opening scene to the credits start rolling, the main characters are fully fleshed out. The backstory is truly remarkable. You get to see the rich history of Joseon and how their predicament came to pass.

Monstrum is full of pulse-pounding monster mayhem. It’s currently streaming on Shudder. You should give it a watch. You can’t go wrong with this one.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Synopsis

Monstrum is set in 1527, during the reign of King Jungjong, it’s the 22nd year of Jungjong. The plague has taken over Joseon, and fear runs rampant in the streets. When rumors of a vicious beast roaming Mount Inwangsan–called “Monstrum” by terrified masses–begin to spread, fear turns into panic. In order to quell the rising panic, Jungjong brings back his most trusted general Yoon-gyeom from retirement. Joined by his daughter Myeong, his right-hand man Seong-han, and royal court officer Heo, Yoon-gyeom sets out to find the mysterious creature.

[Review] Clowning Around: Scott Jeffery’s ClownDoll

Director: Scott Jeffery | Writer: Scott Jeffery | Released: October 21, 2019 | Run Time: 1h 33min


I love finding cool indie horror films on streaming services. As I browsed the new horror films on Prime Video, I came across ClownDoll. It’s a British indie horror film about a clown doll. It’s also about Lane (Sarah T. Cohen) who is helping her brother, John (Jon-Scott Clark) and his wife Lisa (Kelly Juvilee), have a baby through surrogacy. She is in the third trimester of her pregnancy, so she’s stressed and she’s grown attached to the baby. John and Lisa buy Lane a new flat to live in so she can be closer to them. It’s a bit creepy, but understandable given the surrogacy thing. Lane had been living with her mom for reasons left for a reveal later in the film. 

Lane buys a creepy life-sized clown doll from a small shop in town. Weird things start happening in her flat. Did the clown doll move? Things like that gives me the chills, and it’s exactly why I don’t own dolls. Inanimate objects like dolls becoming animate is nightmare fuel. I think Poltergeist was the film that made me scared of clown dolls. ClownDoll is also a psychological horror film surrounding mysterious murders. She starts getting weird phone calls from a guy she’s never met. People start going missing after having visited Lane at her new flat. The police start coming around, questioning Lane about the disappearances.

Lane has a history of mental illness. Her brother starts to suspect she might be in another downward spiral, the last one causing a riff in the family. She tries to tell people about the random phone calls, but when they listen to the house phone it’s just static. Her brother and the local police believe she is crazy. Lane checks her call log, but nothing comes of it. No calls were made to her flat from a random number. People think she may have gone mad, but she remembers the caller’s name and performs a quick Internet search to find out who it is. The payoff was pretty good. I liked the twists and turns along the way, but it’s the ending that stays with you.

The acting was pretty good, but the dialogue felt forced and choppy. Lane and the clown doll stole the show. There wasn’t enough backstory for any of the characters, so I couldn’t get fully invested in them. I did feel some empathy for Lane, though. I wanted her and the baby to get away from the flat. She really is a great final girl. The bodies do pile up, there’s a few kills in the movie, but they mainly occur off screen, which is kind of a let down. From the opening scene to the end credits, the dread keeps building with each kill. I feel like the main character, Lane, was written into a corner where there’s no chance of escaping the hell around her. ClownDoll is bleak as hell.

If you like your horror psychological and supernatural with clowns, then this movie is right up your alley. Would I watch ClownDoll again? I would. It’s worth a watch.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

[Review] Crypsis Is A Creepy Camp Out

Director: Paul Anthony Rogers | Writer: Paul Anthony Rogers | Released: February 11, 2019 | Run Time: 1h 21min


Crypsis is a creepy creature feature. Crypsis is the ability of an organism to conceal itself especially from a predator by having a color, pattern, and shape that allows it to blend into the surrounding environment.

A group of friends make a bet with one another to see who can survive camping on Harker Island for a night. They’ve heard the urban legends surrounding Harker Island, but they decide to go anyway. The group takes a small boat out to the small local island. The boat driver convinces the group to prove how manly and tough they are by leaving their cell phones with him. It’s not a very smart move, but the group of guys aren’t very smart to begin with. No one thinking logically would travel to an uninhabited island without some form of communication but here we are. The trip doesn’t go as planned. They didn’t realize a strange creature inhabits the island, and it does a great job going unseen.

As soon as the guys step foot on the island they can’t stop arguing. It gets a little old after a while, slowing the momentum of the film down to a crawl. The guys couldn’t stop arguing, even when their lives depended on it. When the group realized that the creature hunted by sound, they still bickered. I empathized with the creature. I wouldn’t want to be bothered by a bunch of loud and obnoxious dude bros either. Crypsis is both a creature feature and an isolation horror film. The dread doesn’t set in until the guys realize the boat is gone and they’re stranded on the island.

There’s no CGI when it comes to the creature (David Racki). The creature’s mask and suit are top-shelf. David does a great job bringing the creature to life with the movements and mannerisms. The creature is super creepy. I wanted to see more gory deaths, but most of the kills are either bloodless or off-screen. Eddie Nason, Anthony Hoang and Michael Armata star in the film. The acting was pretty good. The dialogue was kind of choppy in spots. The soundtrack was good, creating that tension between the guys and the creature. I had a problem with the ending. It just felt too convenient.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Synopsis

A group of friends make a bet to see who can survive camping on an island for a night. Unbeknownst to them, a strange creature lurks throughout the night terrorizing their every move, and sound is their biggest enemy.

[Review] Kill Her Mommy, Kill Her: Friday The 13th Turns 40

Today marks the 40th Anniversary of Friday the 13th. It’s one of the best horror films ever made. It inspired many memorable sequels, including a crossover and a remake. Funnily enough, the series began as a Halloween copycat. Sean S. Cunningham (director/producer) borrowed Halloween’s formula and applied it to a title he thought people wouldn’t be able to ignore. Turns out, he was right. Friday the 13th hit theaters May 9, 1980, and cracked the top twenty highest-grossing films that year.

A young boy drowned at Camp Crystal Lake in 1957. The following year two camp counselors were brutally murdered. The summer camp closes soon after. After several years, a group of counselors work to open Camp Crystal Lake up for the summer. The counselors get killed off one at a time by an unknown attacker. The killer isn’t revealed until the final act, their identity kept secret through POV. It turns out to be an older lady, Pamela Voorhees (Betsy Palmer) seeking revenge for the tragic drowning of her young son Jason.

Friday the 13th changed the slasher genre for the better. The total kill count is nine, not including Mrs. Voorhees. It would become a common theme in the sequels that followed. Tom Savini and his special effects crew made the film. The bloody kill scenes looked all too real. The final scene is the stuff of nightmares. Alice wakes up in a canoe out in the middle of Crystal Lake. Jason’s corpse jumps out of the water and grabs Alice, dragging her into the murky depths. All we’re left with is a couple of ripples on the lake’s surface, then the credits start rolling. Was it real life or was it just a dream? The sequel ran with it, and it paid off big time.

Synopsis

A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which was the site of a child’s drowning and a grisly double murder years before.

[Review] Pinhead Goes To Space In Hellraiser IV: Bloodline

Director: Kevin Yagher (as Alan Smithee) | Writer: Peter Atkins | Released: March 8, 1996 | Run Time: 1h 25min


I’m a big fan of Clive Barker and his work. Hellraiser is probably his most popular film. It spawned a number of sequels, including Bloodline, a film that wasn’t well-received upon theatrical release. The film was penned by Peter Atkins who also wrote the screenplays for Hellraiser 2 & 3. It was written as the conclusion to the Hellraiser series. It would have been a fitting in, too, had it not been for films that came after. Bloodline is the last really good Hellraiser film in the series. After this film, the quality of the series fell off, and left viewers disappointed and wanting more.

Peter Atkins wrote one of the best screenplays in Bloodline. The story is unique because it’s an origin story and a satisfying ending to the series. As we all know, great horror slashers can never die. Studios won’t let them, and fans keep wanting more. If you don’t think so, just look at the Friday the 13th and Halloween franchises. I look at Bloodline as the conclusion to the original three films.

Bruce Ramsey stars as three different generations of the Merchant family. The Merchant ancestor created the Lament Configuration puzzle box for a “magician” named Duc de L’Isle (Mickey Cottrell) and his apprentice, Jacques (Adam Scott). Duc de L’Isle sacrifices a French lady (Valentina Vargas), summoning a demon to control and do his bidding. Once the demon, Angelique, arrives, she forms a romantic relationship with Jacques and quickly kills Duc de L’Isle. L’Merchant is in the process of designing the Elysium Configuration to destroy the demons. He tries to steal the puzzle box back but he is discovered. Jacques orders Angelique to kill L’Merchant, but not before Jacques informs the toymaker that he and his bloodline are cursed until the end of time because of the puzzle box he created. Little do they know, L’Merchant’s wife survives and travels to America.

Angelique grows impatient, and she sets her sights on America, seeking the Lament Configuration. Around 200 years later, John Merchant has built the building witnessed at the end of Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth. Jacques denies her permission, upon which Angelique kills him for “trying to stand in Hell’s way”. She eventually finds the puzzle box buried in a pillar in the basement. She seduces a guy into solving the puzzle box and summoning Pinhead, where they try and wreak havoc on the Merchant family. Pinhead tries to open a permanent gateway between Hell and Earth. Angelique decides she doesn’t want to return to Hell, so she gets Merchant to activate the Elysium Configuration and destroy Hell, which would free her. Well, the attempt fails and Pinhead kills Merchant before his wife can solve the box. Pinhead is forced back to Hell, taking Angelique with him. You can’t double cross Pinhead. Fast forward a couple hundred years, the last surviving Merchant confronts Pinhead and Angelique.

I thought the spaceship was cool. At first glance, I didn’t know what was going on with the spaceship’s design. It took me a minute to realize its true purpose. Once I recognized the spaceship for what it was, I thought it was a stroke of genius. There wasn’t much in the way of special effects, though. It’s the same old hooks and chains, ripping the flesh of the weak. I thought the makeup artists did a great job with the cenobites, but we didn’t get to see them nearly enough. We get the Chatterer Beast, half man and half dog, the Siamese Twins that eventually turn into Siamese Triplets, Angelique, and Pinhead. The cenobites didn’t make much of an impression, though.

The writing was great. Peter Atkins did a great job with the script. The acting was solid. Pinhead brought back his famous quotes about pain and suffering. I was fully invested in the history of the Merchant family. The story just felt rushed. It could have easily been fully fleshed out in two films. We only get to see the Merchant family in three different time periods. If the Merchant family is truly cursed, wouldn’t there be more incidents with the Lament Configuration puzzle box? Or am I just overthinking it? Please let me know what you think in the comments below.

You can rent/buy Hellraiser: Bloodline here.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Pinhead is back–And he’s out for more blood. The fourth terrifying chapter of the wildly popular Hellraiser series chronicles the struggle of one family who unknowingly created the puzzle box that opened the door of Hell.

[Review] A Cacophony of Owls: The Nightly Disease

Publisher: Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing | Published: September 12th 2017 | Pages: 414


The Nightly Disease was an unexpected treat. I love owls and the cover spoke to me, as did a two star review on Goodreads. I’ve never read anything quite like this book. Max Booth III kept this reader off balance and turning the page. Isaac, the night auditor at The God Damn Hotel, isn’t the most reliable of narrators. He’s either slipping into madness or he has a vivid imagination. Either way, he probably needs a mental evaluation, but I’m not sure he has health insurance. Isaac is overworked, underlaid and he pretty much hates everything about his job. When he’s not watching Netflix or doing the five knuckle shuffle on the hotel roof, he’s dealing with rude and ignorant guests. He also likes hanging out with his fellow night auditor, George, from the other hotel.

Max Booth III is at his strongest when Isaac is dealing with the various hotel guests. It’s the inner monologue that truly brings the character to life. You can tell Max drew from his own experiences. Isaac is witty, sarcastic and candid. His appalling thoughts made me laugh. The inner monologue starts bleeding through. He doesn’t know if people can hear him, and he might be having delusions involving owls. He also falls in love with a bulimic woman. Even though Isaac hates his job, he still has to fulfill his duties as the night auditor, unclogging nasty toilets and taking extra towels to guests. Can he catch a break? Nope, uh-uh, no he can’t. Things get even worse for Isaac when two low-life brothers blackmail him into helping with their counterfeiting business.

Bodies start piling up, but Isaac has to be the world’s worst at getting rid of bodies. His apartment scenes are gross. You can smell the stench wafting from the pages. Even though I was grossed out, I had to order a pizza pie and some pasta. The writing is good. It is taut and very-well paced. Max Booth III is not a predictable writer. He throws in several twists throughout the book. The characters were compelling. I was totally invested in Isaac, I needed to see how his story was going to play out. The payoff was worth it. I wasn’t expecting that ending.

I wish there was a soundtrack to this book. I bet it would have at least one Nine Inch Nails song on the track. I’ve never read anything quite like The Nightly Disease, it’s weird and compelling storytelling.

You can buy The Nightly Disease here.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Sleep is just a myth created by mattress salesmen.

Isaac, a night auditor of a hotel somewhere in the surreal void of Texas, is sick and tired of his guests. When he clocks in at night, he’s hoping for a nice, quiet eight hours of Netflix-bingeing and occasional masturbation. What he doesn’t want to do is fetch anybody extra towels or dive face-first into somebody’s clogged toilet. And he sure as hell doesn’t want to get involved in some trippy owl conspiracy or dispose of any dead bodies. But hey…that’s life in the hotel business.

Welcome to The Nightly Disease. Please enjoy your stay.


Max Booth III is the Editor-in-Chief of Perpetual Motion Machine, the Managing Editor of Dark Moon Digest, and the co-host of Castle Rock Radio, a Stephen King podcast. He’s the author of many novels and frequently contributes articles to both LitReactor and CrimeReads. Follow him on Twitter @GiveMeYourTeeth or visit him at http://www.TalesFromTheBooth.com. He lives in Texas.

[Review] The Creeping Nothingness: The Perfectly Fine House by Stephen Kozeniewski and Wile E. Young

Publisher: Grindhouse Press | Published: March 16th 2020 | Pages: 232


I love haunted house stories. There’s just something about a comfy old house filled with ghosts that makes my horror heart melt. Add in pretty cover art, and I’m hooked for life. What Stephen Kozeniewski and Wile E. Young does so well is transcend the haunted house trope, while creating a beautiful world full of fascinating characters; it’s a truly remarkable feat. Kozeniewski and Young’s writing styles mesh well together, it really is seamless storytelling.

Now, imagine a world where everyone and everything that dies turns into a ghost. Every single place in the world is haunted, save for one house–Jackson Manor. Within the first couple of pages, the reader is left with a burning question: What happened at Jackson Manor? The opening scene chilled me to my core. You can’t ask for a better setup. It pulls you in head first and doesn’t let go until you’ve turned the last page.

Donna Fitzpatrick is a surrogacy agent. She helps ghosts possess volunteers so they can enjoy carnal pleasures. Donna is accompanied by her twin, Kyle, who died in a motorcycle accident fifteen years ago. She’s been working herself to death, but dying isn’t a big deal. After having a panic attack, Kyle insists she take a vacation at the Jackson Manor, an old abandoned mansion. Donna soon realizes something different about the archaic house. And whatever happened at the mansion starts happening in other places. It starts rapidly spreading like a wildfire.

While all of that is going on, you get to know the characters. Poor Kyle. He was treated so badly. I was invested in the twins and their predicament. The authors unfold the story in a timely manner. It doesn’t feel like a 200+ page book. The storyline is taut and unpredictable, making for a compelling read. I had so many emotions reading this book. The authors are not afraid to put their characters in harm’s way. I enjoyed my time in this book, even if it was only for a little while. I didn’t want it to end, so I read it in a couple of sittings.

If you like to feel things when it comes to your horror, then I think you would like The Perfectly Fine House. You can order a copy here.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

In an alternate reality where ghosts are as commonplace as the weather, the most terrifying thing imaginable is a house not being haunted. 

Donna Fitzpatrick runs a surrogacy agency, where ghosts can briefly possess volunteers in order to enjoy carnal pleasures. She’s also working herself into an early grave. But that’s no big deal because death is no worse than puberty. That’s particularly evident in Donna’s twin, Kyle, a self-absorbed roustabout who spends most of his time high on sage. Kyle’s been in arrested development since his motorcycle accident fifteen years ago.

When Donna has a panic attack, Kyle insists she take a vacation at an abandoned mansion. There’s just one small problem: there isn’t a single ghost in Jackson Manor. And while an unhaunted house seems no worse than an oddity at first, soon ghosts go missing, natural disasters consume entire cities, and every afterlife on earth is threatened by the terrible secret behind . . .

THE PERFECTLY FINE HOUSE.

[Review] Killer Clowns Come To Town: Dead White

Publisher: Tor Books | Published: November 11th 1983 | Pages: 320


This is my second Alan Ryan read, my first being The Kill. Both Dead White and The Kill feel like dime store Stephen King books. They both have a unique premise that is hard to ignore; I was tricked both times. The writing is good, it’s not padded or longwinded. It’s just that when you buy a book and spend hours reading it, you expect a good payoff. You have all this tension and build up that ends up being just another convenient ending. The author didn’t take any chances. The storytelling was very formulaic, and it fell bland after a while. I was hoping for more, especially when you combine clowns and snow. I mean come on, it’s a can’t miss story, but somehow it missed.

Dead White is a quiet horror story. There is some good, but it takes a while to get there. It’s all about atmosphere and the foreboding danger of the small upstate New York town of Deacons Kill and its inhabitants. Alan Ryan doesn’t get too fancy with his words, he keeps it economically friendly. The chapters are time stamped, and the story is told with multiple narratives. The author makes you use your imagination, it’s not in your face horror by no means. There are several, probably too many instances of over describing the snow and the landscape. It sounded like Forrest Gump describing the snow. It snowed this way, that way and every which a ways.

Dead White starts off with an old circus train full of evil clowns appearing in Deacons Kill in the midst of a freak blizzard. The residents have to survive the cold and an evil presence that road in on the train. The legendary Stanton Stokely’s Stupendous Circus is led by a ringmaster with a traditional black top hat and cape. The town inhabitants are isolated, making them easy prey for the evil that lurks within the circus train. The small town relies on a callow sheriff and an old doctor. What could go wrong?

Clowns start popping up in different places. They float across the snow. They stare at you through your frozen windows. They even kill. But sadly we don’t get to “see” the deaths because the author holds back. The characters felt cliched and paper thin. I didn’t really connect with any of them. I just wanted to see what the creepy clowns were going to do. You have to wait a while. And remember, all this time, tensions have been building for hundreds of pages, and then the ending comes and goes with a whimper. I was wanting a bang or a boom, but instead, it fizzles out.

I’m going to read Alan Ryan’s other work. I don’t think any of his work has been published on Kindle or Nook. I know Dead White and The Kill is out of print, but you can find used copies for a reasonable price online.

Rating: 2 out of 5.


[Review] Adopting The Devil: Frank Lauria’s The Foundling

Publisher: Pocket Books | Published: March 1, 1984 | Pages: 284


This was my first time reading Frank Lauria. The metal book cover drew me in, so I gave it a read. The whole story caught me off guard. Turns out, the book is nothing like the book cover. I thought The Foundling was going to be about heavy metal, or at the very least, rock and roll. It had inklings of music within, but it was mainly about an orphan named Dani.

The Foundling starts off with some background of a couple, Jeff and Ruth, who adopt Dani. Jeff and Ruth had a tough go of it in the 1960s when Jeff was the lead singer of the band Jeff Austin and the Vigilantes. While Jeff’s band was performing at an outdoor concert, their 3 year old daughter dies suddenly after grabbing an electrical cable on stage. Ruth ends up miscarrying soon after their daughters shocking death.

Now, with their hippy pasts behind them, Jeff and Ruth move to Bridgeport, CT, trying to rekindle their flame. Jeff is a successful jingle producer and Ruth works in a fashionable boutique. They eventually decide to adopt a baby, but there are no babies availabe to adopt. So, they decide to adopt Dani. She’s 12 years old, the same age their daughter would’ve been. I know, creepy right?

If only Jeff and Ruth knew about Dani’s past. Too bad they didn’t read the prologue, or they’d know that Dani’s mom was a hooker who dumped her with nuns. Turns out Dani has a secret third nipple that’s hidden right below her armpit. They also didn’t notice Dani’s effect on the nuns at her Catholic orphanage. Who knew there would be crazy old nuns in this book? Not me. The whole nun thing really creeped me out, especially the nun’s actions.

While hanging around her new house, Dani sings every chance she gets, hoping Jeff would overhear. She records demos in her room, and she accidently plays one of her demos in the recording studio with Jeff and Eric Jordan, a fading rock star. The two men take notice of Dani and her singing voice. But it’s Ruth who noticed something different and sinister. Turns out Dani has psychic powers centered around her harmones. Sound familiar? You betcha. When she gets her first period all the matches in the house explode into flames. A car full of mean guys who saw Dani’s boobs wreck into a gas tanker and explodes into flames. While recording his album, Eric Jordan tried to put the moves on Dani. Things don’t turn out great for him either. A strange wind blows his cocaine out of his penthouse window. As he’s checking things out, the glass patio door explodes, driving a a huge shard of glass into his manhood.

The strange doesn’t stop there. We’re nowhere near the finish line. Frank Lauria turns the weird up to eleven. Dani somehow manipulates Jeff into thinking Ruth has an alcohol problem, so he sends Ruth to therapy with Father Bernucci. Since she can’t convince the Catholic priest she’s not an alcoholic, Ruth becomes an actual alcoholic, which turns out horrible for her. While she mixes pills and alcohol, all the faucets turns on in the house and Ruth drowns in the basement. While she is dying a terrible death, Jeff is being seduced by his studio assistant, Pam, across town.

Jeff learns about Dani’s third nipple and how it drove a nun mad. He finds out Dani inherited her extra nipple from her mother, an old lounge singer living in Vegas named Diane Shelley. She apparently shaved her vagina and got the face of Satan tattooed on it. How crazy is Dani’s biological mother? She lived on the Manson Ranch in the 1960s. To top it off, Charlie Manson was Dani’s babysitter.

The Foundling is all about nipples. Frank Lauria’s writing is pretty good. The story is cheesy and kind of unsettling in that creepy uncle kind of way. I wouldn’t read it again. It doesn’t have any depth. It wasn’t as compelling as I’d hoped. The ending fell flat, too.

I say all of this to tell you: two nipples are good, three nipples are evil.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

[Review] Brr It’s Cold In Here: The Chill Factor

Director: Christopher Webster | Writer: Julian Weaver | Released: July 28th 1993 | Run Time: 1h 26min


The description drew me into this BluRay. I had never heard of this film until I found it at Arrow Video. It was originally released in 1993, but hadn’t really seen the light of day, until now. The Chill Factor was released onto VHS as Demon Possessed, but it fell into obscurity, never really seeing the light of day until now. It’s directed by Christopher Webster, the producer of Hellraiser and Hellraiser II: Hellbound, so I bought it. I wanted to see what I’ve been missing all these years. Who can blame me? I mean, really. It’s a winter slasher, and there’s a snowmobile chase. What’s not to like?

A group of friends go on a snowmobiling trip, but an accident thwarts their plans. They have to find shelter from an incoming storm in an abandoned summer camp. Things slow way down as the group cares for their injured friend. They begin nosing around the camp, having promiscuous sex. There’s this scene where the guy is taking off a girl’s panties and he rubs her legs. Sexy, right? Wrong. It sounded like sandpaper.

They start noticing old, religious artifacts lying around the place. The group manages to find an old Ouija board. They decide to play with it, and consequently awaken a frightening evil. This takes a big chunk out of the film. Members of the group start dying off one by one in mysterious ways. There’s not much blood and guts, but some of the deaths are kind of cool. Too bad you have to wait a while before anything really happens.

The film doesn’t live up to the premise. The actors couldn’t deliver a single convincible line. The dialogue is too choppy and forced. I didn’t care for any of the characters or their fate. Slowly but surely you find out who is possessed by the frightening evil, but it comes as no surprise. The film ends with a bang, though.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.


Description

The Exorcist meets the Winter Olympics in this tale of demonic possession and snowbound slashing from director Christopher Webster, producer of Hellraiser and Hellraiser II: Hellbound.

For a group of young couples, a snowmobiling trip turns into a waking nightmare when one of their number is thrown from their vehicle and knocked unconscious. Seeking refuge in a nearby abandoned summer camp, the group find themselves holed up in a cabin filled with bizarre and ominous religious artefacts. As night falls, the discovery of a Ouija board amidst the dusty relics awakens a terrifying evil.

Barely released outside of its original VHS outing (for which it was retitled Demon Possessed), cult enthusiasts Arrow Video have dug up The Chill Factor from its wintry analogue grave so horror fans can rediscover this heady mixture of snow, slaughter and Satan!