The slasher for me is a sacred genre that is sadly well past its prime. The glory days of the late 70s and early 80s are now distilled memories for those who were old enough to live them and cherished relics for those who weren’t. Every now and then a new slasher comes along with a flash of brilliance that it brings the genre back to life. This Norwegian offering does just that.
It starts as any good slasher should; a hazy flashback to the killer’s tragic childhood. Cut to a group of five merry snowboarders heading to a remote mountainside location in search for the next big thrill. All is well until Morton Tobias (Rolf Kristian Larsen) falls and breaks his leg. Unable to move him the considerable distance back to the car or to the nearest village which is of equal distance, they take temporary shelter in a seemingly abandoned hotel. They decide to wait till morning and begin to get comfortable as night falls. The horny couple in the equation, Ingunn & Mikal (Viktoria Winge & Endre Martin Midtstigen), leave to have sex but unfortunately the only thing that’s heated about their departure is a bitter argument. Storming off, Mikal leaves Ingunn alone to become the first victim of the masked maniac.
Unaware, Eirek (Tomas Alf Larsen) leaves to get help but sadly he doesn’t make it far, the killer has other ideas. The others ignorance soon dissipates when they discover Ingunn’s blood soaked room and as the killer starts to stalk them they realise help will not be coming after all, leaving the sitting ducks for the deranged psycho who’s dwells within.
This movie has such a nostalgia that I could almost believe that it belonged in the 80s next to The Prowler and My Bloody Valentine. The killer is spot on, tall, masked and impossibly stealthy. A brief explanation for his motive is explained but for me I wasn’t needed. One look at his lair stuffed with previous victim’s belongings and one swing of that pick axe was enough to win my heart. The final girl is similarly exquisite; understated but strong, resourceful and resilient; Ingrid Bolsø Berdal plays the role of Jannicke to perfection. And don’t even get me started on the chase scenes, so sickeningly close to escape, amazing!
This old school film does the genre justice without resorting to parody or comedy; the director obviously did his homework. Go see if your love of slashers beats at the heart of your horror addiction, as it does for me.
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