The 10 best horror movies shot in snowy weather

There are few things in this world cleaner than a fresh blanket of snow. Hot chocolate is heated in the kitchen, cozy fires glow in the living rooms. There’s a reason the term “Winter Wonderland” was coined, and it’s the magic associated with crisp, white snowfall. But winter weather can bring more than just childlike wonder.

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What happens when it snows so hard that it gets stuck in one place for days? What happens when snow brings monsters and madness instead of family fun? Often the most effective horror is the one that forces the viewer to realize that even as beautiful and delicate as snowflakes, there can be something sinister underneath. Here is a list of the best horror movies and top rated horror movies set in the dead of winter.

’30 Days of Night’ (2007)

Vampires: Stalkers of the night, preying on humans when they are most vulnerable. But like any monster, a vampire has its weaknesses. No matter how dark the night gets, you can always count on the sunrise to drive the vampire into the shadows.

Based on the comic of the same name 30 days and nights asks: what if the sun didn’t shine for a month? A group of vampires descend on the Alaskan village of Barrow just as the “polar night” begins: a time when the sun won’t shine, offering a unique twist on the old genre.

“The Brood” (1979)

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Frank and Nola Carveth are in a custody battle over their daughter, Candice. With a tragic past, Nola seeks help at a “psychoplasmic” clinic, a special treatment method that releases repressed psychological traumas through the patient’s physiological changes.

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Director David Cronenberg with its “psychoplasmic” premise, it makes for some really sad scenes. Snow doesn’t directly drive the plot forward like in other movies. But the rotting leaves and dead soil rising from piles of dirty snow are reminders that, left unresolved, emotional pain can and will fester.

“The Fool” (1999)

Inspired by several true stories of American frontier cannibalism, Pathetic not for the faint of heart. It’s a unique blend of dark humor and chilling horror. Together they tell the story of humans doing whatever it takes to survive, consuming everything and everyone in their way.

As for the two real stories Pathetic snow and the unpredictability of Mother Nature is one of the reasons men and women are drawn to cannibalism. Isolation and the possibility of certain death can make people do things they never thought they could do.

“We’re Still Here” (2015)

A grieving couple, Anne and Paul, buy a house in the New England countryside after the tragic death of their son Bobby. But soon after their arrival, it becomes clear that they are not alone in the house. Is this Bobby’s ghost? A hallucination of Anna’s worsening depression? Or something worse?

Snowfall and winter weather can be beautiful and healing, but they can also feel stark and dreary. Using snow showers both inside the house and outside, we always feel that something is hidden. The still gray winter sky evokes the emotions associated with the loss of a loved one: loneliness, confusion, and seemingly endless pain.

“The Last Show” (1998)

The hosts of a cable outlet talk show disappear into the Pine Barrens in search of the Jersey Devil in a last-ditch effort to save their television show. But when a lone member of their crew emerges from the snowy forest, questions arise. Is he a murderer? Or is there something else to this story? Ice and snow add a sense of urgency to the search for a missing crew member.

One of the early adopters of the fake format, The last performance It is an interesting film that covers topics such as ethical journalism and reflects the objective truth in the media. Every story has more than two sides, and the themes of this film gained relevance after its release.

The Thing (1982)

“The End of Alien Terror”, John Charpentierof Thing Deep in the snowy deserts of Antarctica, it follows a team of explorers as they battle an alien and their paranoid thoughts.

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In pursuit of the alien camp, the men succumb to their baser instincts, pushed over the edge by extreme weather. At first, it was poorly received by the press and the public. Thing benefited from retrospective review. It is now considered by many to be a landmark in horror cinema for its practical effects and excellent use of the arctic environment. This is the horror of isolation at its finest.

“Monster of the Snow Pit” (2020)

A monster roams the streets of Snow Hollow. Battling his demons, the local sheriff struggles with the paranoia that grips the town after several brutal murders.

Astoundingly thoughtful and darkly comic, The monster of the snow pit shows us that we are often afraid of our limits, forcing viewers to struggle against the defenses we have built to protect ourselves. The wintry conditions give the titular “wolf” plenty of room to tear and maim his prey as the sheriff’s department and the city lag behind.

“The Shining” (1980)

Brightbasically Stephen King the novel of the same name is infamous. Although disliked by King, a lukewarm reception and director upon its release Stanley KubrickTerrible treatment of the leading actress Shelly Duvallbecame one of the most influential films in history.

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This is mainly due to the main reception, the Overlook Hotel Bright. One of the few themes taken from King’s book is the devastating effect of isolation on the human psyche. Reasonable viewers and moviegoers will forever remember the terrible fate of Overlook Guardian Jack Torrance.

“Horror Express” (1972)

Sir Alexander Saxton boards a train from Russia to Europe with a mysterious trunk he won’t let anyone see. Before long, it piques the interest of several passengers and the container is opened to reveal a specimen that looks like a frozen monkey. But is he dead or just asleep?

The Horror Express it’s pure, sweet, old-school horror. There are gender icons Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, the film unfolds like a thriller as the train crosses the Siberian tundra. The creature’s final reveal is fitting for a film that feels like a 1950s horror/sci-fi mash-up.

“Black Mountain Side” (2014)

In northern Canada, a group of archaeologists discover an incredibly ancient structure filled with puzzling artifacts. Finally, trapped in camp by a blizzard, the men can barely celebrate before their minds turn to madness.

Equal parts John Carpenter and HP Lovecraft, black mountain side is a tight, no-nonsense sci-fi horror film. Impressively filmed and devoid of any real soundtrack, there is an unsettling realism to the events. The film ends with a surprising willingness to accept the nihilism associated with global warming, climate change and cosmic horror.

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