'The Last Winter'
(Ron Perlman, Kevin Corrigan, James LeGros, et al / DVD / NR / (2006) 2008 / Warner Bros.)p>
Overview: A team in Alaska is tormented by an unseen evil. After one crewmember is found dead disorientation slowly claims the sanity of the other team members as each of them succumbs to an unknown fear.
DVD Verdict: Well directed, brilliantly acted and filmed, basically it seemed to be about the earth fighting back, maybe trying to shake off the humans responsible for seemingly devastating it. Very sad in this respect, but a movie that needs to be seen, hopefully to get people thinking about their impact as a collective mass that everyone is having on this poor planet we call home, often to the detriment of all other forms of life which have suffered terribly in one way or another.
And I think this is what was being shown in the film, and the spirit of the earth and it's misplaced creatures rising up conveyed this message very well. Though not in such detail as to spoil the mysterious effect but in ghostly ways that were just right, not too little and not too much. But just enough to get the message home to what it was really all about.
Maybe the director had a different vision to what I am interpreting from what I have seen in it, but this is how it came across to me. Also a very beautiful film to look at in it's pristine whiteness of wilderness.
And so, in wrap, if you are a fan of moody, thought-provoking thillers drenched in melancholia (very close in tone to something like John Carpenter's 'The Thing') then this film is for you. However, if you gravitate towards the more popular, mainstream horror fare or just the gory stuff, try watching this with an open mind and hopefully expand your horizons! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Making Of The Last Winter
A Feature-Length Documentary Including: Deleted Scenes and Interview with Director Larry Fessenden
Feature Commentary By Co-Writer/Director Larry Fessenden