Swedish film does its best to convince you that it’s an
American production; shot in English, with the cast adopting faux
US accents and talking like characters from any American movie
(unless, of course, this is how people in Sweden normally talk,
in which case apologies). It’s a pity that the filmmakers
feel that they have to hide their identity, as this is a solid,
retro-styled slasher movie.
Hanna Oldenberg plays Winona, a rock star who is taking a break
in her home town. The house her manager has rented turns out to
be a dump – though as we discover, she’s actually
made a mistake and gone to a different house, one that is home
to a psychotic cannibal who doesn’t much care for visitors.
After meeting her ex and his mates in a local bar, the four of
them end up back at the house for beer and sex, but the masked
psycho is waiting for them, and soon, Winona is alone, stumbling
through the maze-like building and discovering an underground
bunker where the flesh-hungry killer takes his victims.
Blood Runs Cold was shot for $5000 on a Canon
5D, and looks remarkable for it – you would not guess that
this wasn’t a regularly budgeted film or that it was made
on a DSLR. In fact, director Sonny Laguna makes good use of the
technical limitations of the 5D, giving the dramatic scenes a
shaky desperation that fits well with the action, and makes the
snow-bound locations look suitably atmospheric.
Hanna Oldenberg gives a good performance as the heroine, especially
as her character is dumb even by slasher movie standards –
finding a room with blood splashed across the floor and her friends
missing, she treats it more as a minor irritation than a cause
for some concern, and her determination to open doors, enter rooms
and generally go exactly where she knows the killer is will have
you slapping your head in frustration. But the maniac is an effective,
indestructible bogeyman, the gore is plentiful and the scenes
that directly copy Halloween can be taken as tributes rather than
As a slasher movie, Blood Runs Cold offers nothing
particularly new, but is nevertheless very entertaining, tightly
paced and lively. Well worth a look.
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