'The Chill Factor: Special Edition'
(Dawn Laurrie, Aaron Kjenaas, Connie Snyder, et al / Blu-ray / NR / (1993) 2019 / Arrow Films UK)
Overview: For a group of young couples, a snowmobiling trip turns into a waking nightmare when one of their number is thrown from their vehicle and knocked unconscious.
Seeking refuge in a nearby abandoned summer camp, the group find themselves holed up in a cabin filled with bizarre and ominous religious artefacts.
As night falls, the discovery of a Ouija board amidst the dusty relics awakens a terrifying evil.
Barely released outside of its original VHS outing (for which it was retitled 'Demon Possessed'), cult enthusiasts Arrow Video have dug up 'The Chill Factor' from its wintry analogue grave so horror fans can rediscover this heady mixture of snow, slaughter and Satan!
Blu-ray Verdict: 'The Chill Factor' (aka 'Demon Possessed') is a fun horror story that starts out with six friends who are snowmobile racing in the remote Northwoods of Illinois.
One of them is injured in the race, and this causes the other five friends to take shelter in an abandoned camp that once housed a secret religious cult, with their severely injured friend.
One of the group finds an old Ouija Board from Haiti (as you do) and conjures up a demon that ends up possessing their injured friend, Tom. Soon the group's ranks begins to dwindle as the possessed Tom starts to brutally kill of his friends.
Granted, 'The Chill Factor' is very much inspired by movies such as 'The Evil Dead' and such ilk, but there actually are a few things that actually make this pretty darn creepy on its own.
First, the constant religious symbolism raises the goose flesh on my arms alone! Second, the location of the camp is so isolated and far from civilization that it gives the movie a sense of hopelessness, especially for the group of characters trapped there.
And thirdly, as one character finds out before her untimely demise, is that the religious order who used to occupy the camp actually committed satanic sacrifices!
Indeed the idea of a Catholic run retreat who dabbles in Satanism is even more frightening, in my opinion, than just a group of friends finding the Necronomicon and unleashing demons.
The acting is nothing to brag about, but at least the characters and their backgrounds were kinda sorta nicely fleshed out before all Hell broke loose!
Furthermore, it actually made me sympathize with them and their ordeals especially as the movie features some wickedly decent kill scenes! Such as death by barb wire (when one character "accidently" drives into it), death by a rotating ceiling fan, another character gets a rather large icicle in the eye (see newly-created front cover art), another character is "hanged" by a net, and of course, the guy who gets possessed (for he sustains a rather nasty head injury in getting there!)
The ending is chilling and action-packed, but I'll let you see that for yourself. Barely released outside of its original VHS outing (for which it was retitled 'Demon Possessed'), cult enthusiasts Arrow Video have dug up 'The Chill Factor' from its wintry analogue grave so horror fans can rediscover this heady mixture of snow, slaughter and Satan!
And trust me, it's well worth tracking down this once hard to find horror gem as it may well be classified as a low budget independent horror film, but the bloody punch it packs is well worth it's now cult status weight in gold. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs via a brand new Blu-ray (1080p) HD presentation and comes with the Special Features of:
Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original uncompressed stereo audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new audio commentary with special effects artist Hank Carlson and horror writer Josh Hadley
Brand new on-camera interview with makeup artist Jeffery Lyle Segal
Brand new on-camera interview with production manager Alexandra Reed
Brand new on-camera interview with stunt coordinator Gary Paul
Original VHS trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach
+ FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet featuring new writing by Mike White