Thursday, September 6, 2012

Jason reviews Cold Prey 3

First thought that pops into my head having watched this Norwegian slasher trilogy is how incredibly different each entry is. For that reason alone, this is a series of horror movies that truly stands out from the rest.

Cold Prey 3, also known as Cold Prey: The Beginning, takes place in the 80's where a group of teenagers go to visit an abandoned hotel, only to find themselves hunted by a psychotic killer through the Norwegian woods.

The best thing about Cold Prey 3 is how it fleshes out everything that was eluded to in Cold Prey and Cold Prey 2. This is a prequel in every sense of the word, and one of the better ones to boot. I don't know why more horror films don't backtrack and explore their mythology instead of bringing the killer back to life and killing him again . . . and again . . . and again.

Character development is the weakest link in this outing. Instead, we get a prolonged and exciting chase through the woods. I'm not complaining either. This film feels completely different than the first two. It's more like an 80s old school American horror movie than anything else, yet it's smarter. That's right, smarter.

I miss Ingrid Bolso Berdal, but her story was finished in Cold Prey 2. It makes sense to go back in time and show us how it all started. The filmmakers do a great job of that, orchestrating some clever suspense and throwing in a few twists and turns along the way.

Having seen all three of these movies, it's perfectly clear why these are Norway's answer to Halloween or Friday the 13th. Too bad the first one is the weakest as it might turn people off to what is really a solid trio of horror.

Cold Prey 2 is my favourite, but this is a slasher movie I'll recommend and enjoy again and again. A Good from me.

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