Fritt vilt (Cold Prey)
(Unrated, 1:37:30, Released 2006)
|Genres:||Drama, Horror, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense|
|Release Date:||Oct 13, 2006|
|DVD Release Date:||Jan 20, 2009|
|Starring:||Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Viktoria Winge, Rolf Kristian Larsen, Endre Martin Midtstigen, Tomas Alf Larsen, Hallvard Holmen|
|Directed by:||Roar Uthaug|
|Synopsis:||An afternoon of winter fun turns out to be unexpectedly chilling in this thriller. Five friends head out for a weekend of snowboarding in the Norwegian Alps -- Eirik (Tomas Alf Larsen) and his longtime girlfriend Jannicke (Ingrid Bolso Berdal), Mikael (Endre Martin Midtstigen) and his new significant other Ingunn (Viktoria Winge), and Tobias (Rolf Kristian Larsen). Tobias already feels like the odd man out since he's currently without a girlfriend, and he becomes a lot more uncomfortable when he breaks his leg while taking advantage of a secluded ski spot. It's getting late in the day and injured Tobias needs to get out of the cold, so he and his friends take shelter in an abandoned ski lodge nearby, planning to head back into town in the morning. However, as the evening wears on Tobias and his pals realize that the lodge isn't as abandoned as they thought, and its sole inhabitant is a madman who is determined to see them dead. A major box office success in Norway, Fritt Vilt (aka Cold Prey) was the first feature film from director Roar Uthaug. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi|
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April 2, 2013
Cold Prey is one of the best, most original Slasher films of recent memory. Along with Adam Green's Hatchet, this film is a real breath of fresh from stale teen Slasher films such as Urban Legend and I know What You Did Last Summer. Cold Prey is an effective horror film that steadily builds up the tension on-screen and slowly terrifies. Cold Prey's dark atmosphere and sense of helplessness (as the characters are in the middle of nowhere) only add to its strong, original story and elevate this film beyond anything that we have seen in the horror genre since the 1980's. I am very impressed with the Norwegian output in the horror genre, and Cold Prey is a terrific Slasher film that will definitely become popular over time. Given time, this film will find its audience. To sum up Cold Prey, it's a Slasher film that brings back key elements of the slasher film formula very well and it's reminiscent of classic vintage slasher greats. Cold Prey is one of the few genre films to really terrorize the viewer. This film has something that most Slasher films do not possesses and that's a feeling of constant suspense. If you're a fan of the genre, then you'll surely enjoy this one. With a good cast and effective directing, Cold Prey delivers memorable thrills and shocks that successfully brings back key elements that made Slasher films exciting a fun to watch. Cold Prey is one of the finer Norwegian horror films and is among the best films in the horror genre in a very long time.
April 9, 2012
Its plot gave the impression that the production was hold on for a few many years. Yet it works for it doesn't bore. When the options begin to get limited, one learns to appreciate such pieces. More or less.
December 8, 2011
Fairly good Norwegian slasher all set in te snowy mountains where five friends find themselves unwelcome guests in an apparantly abandoned hotel. Took a little too long to get to the action and the kills lacked gore. But it is a suspensful and creepy film, especially during the last half and the killer has screen presence and is used very effectively. Certainly better than your average slasher, but may leave the gorehounds wanting more brutality.
October 17, 2011
Ah, this brings back memories! This is one of my favourite horror films of all time, introduced to me by one of my teachers as a good Norwegian slasher. And she was most certainly right!
Cold Prey (Fritt Vilt) is a film about a group of skiiers/snowboarders going to a secluded hill for a ski/snowboard trip. After they start going down the hill, one of them breaks their leg. At this point, they have no reception on their phones, they are too far from the car and the next village and are stranded. But conveniantly nearby is a hotel that has been abandoned for years, which houses the group well. Unfortunately for them, however, there is a mad murderer with a pickaxe ready to start taking them down one by one...
This film has a great atmosphere, a clever story, with some very jumpy moments, quite a bit of gore and some clever twists. I enjoyed this film and would recommend it to anyone who is into the horror genre and doesn't mind reading subtitles!
However, the thing that really annoyed me about the film was the rather unsuitable credits music that ruined a perfect ending. Saying the song title spoils the ending, but to give you an idea of the genre of music, look up songs by Turbonegro and you'll see why it is unsuitable! This did turn utter awe into pure laughter, but I still remember it as a fantastic film. Watch it!
July 1, 2011
Typical slasher film...one of the better made ones, though.
June 12, 2011
So Netflix told me that because I liked the movie "Frozen" I should watch this movie "Cold Prey". I started watching this movie because I thought it would be a survival flick like Frozen, but it definitely wasn't at all. It's a fucking slasher movie. This world does not need any more fucking slasher films. I am so tired of watching that shit.
The movie started way too fast. It started out as a nice trip to an isolated mountain to ski (Uhh...predictable plot much??), then literally within the first 10 minutes, one of the skiers has an accident and breaks his leg (and of course the injury is ALWAYS a compound fracture). So the kids become temporary medical experts and decide to force the bone back into place and break into an abandoned ski lodge for shelter. They had many options such as walking to the nearby village for help or getting the car to take him to the hospital. The one girl however said the injured boy needed shelter NOW, and those other options (getting the car and walking to the village) would take too long. The logic in that is so incredibly intelligent. Why take the injured boy to the hospital, when he can just lie down on a table in an abandoned ski lodge? Am I right??
The main thing that completely turned me off on this film was the fact that instead of getting the kid with the broken leg help, they dragged his ass into an "abandoned" ski lodge. It was such a stupid, STUPID idea to break into a ski lodge and temporarily set up camp there. Like what the fuck are they thinking? Get the boy down the mountain and take him to the hospital in the car. Sure it might take a while to get down the mountain and to the hospital, but for the love of all that is good in this world, why would you break into some random building in the middle of nowhere??? Whoever thought up that part of the plot is a complete dumbass. So unrealistic. Anyone in their right mind wouldn't have done what they did. The characters are all idiots who for some reason like to play doctor. "Let's super glue this kid's leg back together". What is she a fucking specialist? How about let's take this kid to the ER? They keep messing with his leg pouring alcohol in it, pushing the bone around, just leave it the hell alone! Damnnn!**
Dumb, dumb, dumb piece of crap movie. It is nowhere near as good as Frozen was. Fuck you Netflix!!!
**This review is based on the first 15 minutes of this movie. I wasn't capable of watching the whole thing. I fast forwarded because I had no idea where the plot was going, and that is when I found out it was a slasher flick.
May 14, 2011
How did this spawn two sequels? Completely derivative, and drawn out to boot. Could have been more effective had they tightened it up.
July 17, 2009
What exactly can I say about FRITT VILT that hasn't been said already. Well for starters, in a world overdosed on allegedly scary slasher movies this Norwegian film actually delivers with a terrifying atmosphere and genuine suspense. It's an old and tried storyline, take five teenagers and place them in an isolated location, this being a long abandoned hotel with a violent killer on the loose inside. However, what differentiates FRITT VILT from the rest of the pack is it's sharp direction by Roar Uthaug who manages to keep the same old clichés of the genre interesting. He does this mainly through the characters. Here we have five friends who emote a sincere affection for each other and for this reason we grow to like them. Unlike most other slasher movies where the characters are cardboard cut-outs simply used to increase the body-count and showcase gory effects these characters drive the story along and all have a purpose within the movie that serves the plot. So when we watch them die it becomes upsetting and genuinely disturbing. In particular the first murder is increasingly harrowing and while watching I felt a terrible pity for the person. Another reason it succeeds is the fluid cinematography by Daniel Voldheim who paints each shot with atmospheric lighting and shadow so the darker scenes generate true claustrophobia and tension. The soundtrack by Magnus Beite is wonderfully haunting, moving and terrifying while the performances by all involved are incredibly accurate, particularly Ingrid Bolso Berdal as Jannicke who provides a compassionate heroine whom we quickly grow to love and in the end we truly feel her anguish and pain. This is an outstanding movie within the slasher genre and a sterling example of Norwegian horror.
July 1, 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed it. No big review as it's just another slasher but it was very well done.
The star of it all is Ingrid Bolsø Berdal who plays Jannicke. She looks a bit like a mixture of Sigourney Weaver from Alien and Milla Jovich from the Resident Evil films depending on the camera angle. She's definitely hot whatever the case though.
If you want to see how the Europeans are doing horror now then this is for you. Do not watch the dubbed version though, use the subtitles!
Sympathetic characters and brutal deaths in snowy Norway. Just what you need during the unbearable heat of summer.
June 30, 2009
I believe this was a movie made in Norway, and the native language is Norwegian. Duh! I can't stand to listen to a movie that has been dubbed with Voices in English, But I soon found out I can stand the Norwegian language even less. This surprised me since I have been to Oslo Norway and Bodo Norway and enjoyed the people and the food very much. Anyway first half of the movie was less then enjoyable and it took all I could not to throw it back in the netflix envelope and send it back, reason, JUST ANOTHER TEENAGE MOVIE. But then when our killer finally starts hacking people up and about the last 25 minutes I found I couldn't turn it off and I was glad I didn't. The part about a compound fracture of the leg, and after having it put back in place and sitting on the couch shooting the breezes with Miss Teenybopper, So far from factual. You?d be lucky to ask for water let alone sit around and bullshi*. It ranks up there with worst slashed flick I have seen in sometime, and there is a Col Prey 2, Man you guys in Norway are easily entertained, it must be the snow. Consider it a lucky 3 stars.
June 21, 2009
40 minutes before the first kill, no gore, characters I could care less about and a killer with no presence at all.
Geez no one knows how to make a damn slasher anymore.
May 18, 2009
Heck yes again, 'most perfect slasher film ever made'? We shall seee.
Okay, to be honest I've been searching for this flick for a while now and all I've found is the original - language barrier, oh noes! Or, the original with subtitles...that just happen to be english. So, in my fruitless search I finally find a copy that I just may understand...dubbed - qu'elle horreur! Regardless, seeing as this was my first look of the film...the story itself was enough to keep me enticed and forget about the terrible voice overs. I will definitely have to watch this again with subs, it would probably make it better perhaps?
The Who/What/When/et al:
Funny that flix just doesn't seem to have a synopsis for this flick, let's fix this shall we? So, the story starts off how you would expect a normal Norwegian horror flick to begin. We learn of waaay back in the day, a family who owned a hotel in the mountains lost their child and no one knows what's happened to him. There are various segments of news being reported of people going missing in the mountains, and statistics on how many Norwegians tend to vaca it up skiing/snowboarding for the Easter weekend. Then we meet a troup of young people respectively named; Ingunn, Mikal, Eirik, Jannicke and Marten Tobias. They're not heading for where everyone else is because Eirik has this HUGE mountain they just HAVE to see. So, once they reach this place they use their snowshoes and have a great time riding the slope -which is pretty gargantuan and which reveals a gorgeous view. All of a sudden, Marten does something and lands on his face. The group, fairly concerned go to see why he's screaming. Jannicke lifts his snowpants and we see a pretty bad break. Damn! What will our poor characters do now? They debate on going back to the car or skiing to the village nearby but realize that this will not get them back in time for nightfall...they're at a loss until Jannicke notices some buildings not too far down the mountain.
The trek down the slop and find themselves facing a pretty intimidating and creepy old hotel that seems to be abandoned. The lock is stuck, so Eirik reaches the upper floor and breaks a window. They all pile inside, and it looks like no one has touched the place in ages. After they all settle down, and Marten is resting comfortably with some painkillers and alcohol Jannicke tries to put the break into place and they splint him up. She stays with him, while the other three go to explore the rest of the spooky old hotel. After finding the generator and kicking it into gear, Eirik restores power to the place and they hear this cheesy - but kinda likeable 70s norweigan music blasting through the speakers. After some exploring, Jannicke finds a guest registry dating back from the seventies and learn of the couple who owned the hotel had lost their son and no entries have been made since.
They all begin to settle down for the night, and Mikal and Ingunn who are 'really into each other' go to find a room. Something happens between them, Ingunn doesn't want to go through with it so Mikal storms off leaving Ingunn by herself in the room. Nobody seems to notice anything, although poor Ingunn meets a very interesting individual who determines her fate. The next morning, they decide Eirik will go to the village and flag down a taxi while meanwhile the gang worries about Ingunn and then some grisly discoveries are made...when they realize that they're not the only ones who happen to inhabiting the old hotel.
Ending Thoughts & Junk:
I found this to be your run-of-the-mill slasher flick, though it didn't really seem to be one at first..the suspense was built up quite nicely as all the terrible things were befalling the friends in secret...until they found out what was really going on. Sure, it boasts the clichee 'dead teenager scenario' except I found that the characters in her were actually -quite- likeable and you could see how hard they were trying to survive in such severe conditions. They also didn't take the normal precautions that characters would in such scenarios and seemed to be quite level-headed and intelligent about the reality of the situation in what they were in.
It wasn't really about the killer in here, it seemed to be about the victims and how they would use whatever meagre sources they could in order to best themselves against well - this faceless, masked killer who seemed to operate more like a robot than anything else. There were some pretty great 'fake outs' in here, I actually found myself jumping at how idiotic it was. They were definitely making fun of their surroundings in a pretty comedic manner.
The atmosphere of the whole time they were in the spooky hotel was just so creepy, it was dark and really gritty at times that made it so much more enjoyable. So, it may not be a 'perfect slasher film' but it's a definitely brilliant attempt from the Norsk.
I'd recommend it to any horror buff that likes those chilling flicks that get under your skin...but then disperse after a while. There isn't too much gore, which is strange that the killer happens to yield a pick-axe but you forget that as you see these five running through uncomfortably narrow corridors and all the other lovely scenery to keep you enticed. You definitely should be totally open-minded and understand exactly what they were trying to do here to watch this movie.
One the films most genuine and intriguing heroine that you'll definitely want to root for.
January 23, 2009
American horror filmmaking has become so inept nowadays, it's a miracle that there is any fanbase for it at all. Leave it Norway to produce a minor, but rather excellent entry into the slasher pool.
There is nothing in Cold Prey that is remotely original, or unpredictable. But that's okay. Cold Prey is completely without pretension. You know exactly what you're going to get. It presents characters who for once don't act like bumbling idiots, who you actually care for and hope will survive. And the suspense is executed well. There are some very nice fake outs, a lot of care put into the sets without making them seem overstylised, and a faceless killer who is a pretty big badass. Cold Prey is simply that age old American "dead teenager" formula, just that for once, it's done well.
Any horror movie that keeps its villain faceless is to me in a lesser category than one that dares to deal with the psychology of said killer. So don't expect Cold Prey to be anywhere in the same league as The Shining or the brilliant Let the Right One In from Sweden. But for an hour and a half of slasher fun, I can recommend this to horror fans only with enthusiasm!
October 24, 2009
"COLD PREY" has a VERY predictable story... on the other hand is an engaging thriller that will draw all of your attention into it! Beautiful Ingrid Bolse Berdal was amazing in her role as Jannicke. If you want a good old fashioned fright - go for it!
July 13, 2013
It hits all the Slasher genre buttons and there isn't a single surprise to be had, but Fritt Vilt is incredibly well polished and engaging to be truly dismissed, featuring great acting, tense sequences, glorious vistas and a fantastic pacing from start to finnish.
fb100000185301014August 3, 2012
Really well acted, it's the first time I've seen a Norwegian film and i fell in love with the beautiful camera angles and the stunning lighting. A horror film is never scarier without smart victims and lethal weapons. The shots were frightening, it really shocked me and made me jump off my seat. Better Than Average Slasher.
October 12, 2010
Brilliant Norweigan horror about a group of snowboarding friends who get forced to stop in an abandoned hotel for the night after one of the group gets an injury on the slopes. Its during that time some nutcase starts taking them out one by one. This might sound like average slasher flick but it takes some unexpected turns along the way, is genuinely creepy at times, well acted and directed and despite guessing the twist early on, my frustrations about that were sorted by the end with another little twist and a brilliant ending song! Great stuff.
January 15, 2009
What is it about horror films in the snow I love so much? While I was watching this I thought, "If this exact movie happened in a summer camp it would have probably been only a 3 or 3 1/2 star film".
Besides that though, the characters are quite likable and the atmosphere is fantastic. A good watch at any rate.
January 5, 2008
Pretty good Norwegian slasher movie. The story has nothing original and has the common horror cliché, but it works well enough to pull of some really scary scenes. Good cast, as well as the direction. The plot of an old abandoned hotel in the middle of nowhere up in the mountains, turns the movie creepier and more frustrating,
December 31, 2011
Another example of the pinnacle of horror cliche. Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad film, its just that we've seen this 200 times before.
Offers absolutely nothing in original storytelling or stepping outside the box. Its basically 'wash, rinse, repeat, cash the damn check' film making. A group of smitten 20 somethings get cut off in an isolated area, and are stalked by a masked guy with a pickaxe. Sound familiar? It should.
As I said, its is not bad, although it does make it a bit unrealistic when the entire cast constantly does things that nobody in their right mind who was interested in living would ever do. Executed capably, decently scripted and acted, but just offers nothing.
November 9, 2011
Below-average slasher fare but in Norwegian with enough developed drama and professional directing and acting to excuse the staleness of the genre. Not. The last slightly horror Norwegian movie I saw was also a rehash of typical unwanted Hollywood money baiting and so I guess there's a trend in formulaic Hollywood replication overseas. Poor story, minimal and queued-towards-the-end thrills with annoyingly weak and vulnerable "prey" victims. The scenery is quite beautiful but geez do you feel it's a waste of film roll by the end of the day with the amount of time that passes and passes between scenes of introduction. At least I learned that blondes are frigid virgins that *spoiler* die when they turn down sex opportunities, male gingers are fun to have as comedic company while you're in a couples getaway in the mountains because they can never get dates even if they're with the last redheaded woman they will ever see alive, and keeping certain people alive is inexplicably key if you're a homicidal mountain dweller because it might just be the red herring you need to tie loose ends in your avalanche of a script.
July 6, 2010
Not bad at all. Another slasher flick, but a very well done one. Pretty creepy at times also. Beginning was too slow I must say, but an OK movie.
December 20, 2009
One of the best horror movies I've ever seen. No doubt, one of the coolest slashers out there, with the killer being a VERY good character!
November 19, 2009
This Norwegian slasher takes too long to start, and is too dull when it does. Techincally, it's efficent. The acting is ok as such movies go, it looks decent, it doesn't overstay it's welcome (it's only 90 or minutes long), but the first act drags, as does the beginning of the second, and then things start to pick up, and all the characers prove how dumb they are. The characters aren't sterotypes, which is nice. There's no "asshole" or "nerd" or "slut", they all felt like real people, but once the killings started they did the dumbest things possible, like leaving their injured friend alone so they could all split up and find the murderer. The final last minutes are fun though.
October 13, 2009
While trying to emulate American slasher films, this little Norwegian film takes a step above, if you ask me. What the film lacks in the gore department it makes up with atmosphere, beautiful cinematography and likable characters. My only complaint is with all the nu-metal shit on the soundtrack. Dudes, you're in Norway.. the birthplace of Black Metal. That's the best you can do?