It’s day fourteen of my HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE where I have to see a horror movie a day during the month of October and write a short review for each one.
In EDGE OF WINTER an estranged father takes his two teenage sons on a trip. As their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, the kids' father slowly, but steadily, starts losing his mind...
The movie is a slow burner, with tension gradually rising, just to erupt in the end with violence and madness. The few members of the cast are doing fine job building the eerily atmosphere of isolation, that corrupts the family from the inside, as well as physically surrounds them. The film has THE SHINING vibe to it (a psychotic father and a snow ridden landscape - it's hard not to draw the parallel), but it has its own violent heart in place.
EDGE OF WINTER paves its way with fine performances and an interesting (and a very real) premise. It may be a little slow, and not gory enough for the genre fans, but it has a fine payback of an ending.
SCORE OUT OF 5:
SCARY SCORE: 👻👻👻
GORE SCORE: 🗡
FUN SCORE: 🎃🎃🎃🎃