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Wind Chill (2007)

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Two college students share a ride home for the holidays, but when they break down on a deserted stretch of road, they are preyed upon by the ghosts of people who have died there.

Director:

Gregory Jacobs

Writers:

Joe Gangemi (as Joseph Gangemi), Steven Katz

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Emily Blunt ... Girl
Ashton Holmes ... Guy
Martin Donovan ... Highway Patrolman
Ned Bellamy ... Snowplow Driver
Ian A. Wallace Ian A. Wallace ... Priest (as Ian Wallace)
Donny Lucas ... Stranger
Chelan Simmons ... Blonde Girl
Darren Moore ... Clerk
Linden Banks ... Proctor
Caz Odin Darko ... Teenage Boy #1 (as Caz Darko)
Heath Horejda Heath Horejda ... Teenage Boy #2
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Storyline

A couple of college students known only as the Girl and the Guy are traveling home to Delaware the day before Christmas Eve. They're on a frozen road that the Guy is convinced is a scenic short-cut. In the middle of nowhere in below freezing conditions they are run off the road by a hit and runner. They soon realize they're caught in a supernatural bubble where a crime from 1953 is doomed to repeat itself, year after year threatening new victims. The Guy attempts to walk back to the last petrol station but his wounds from the crash are worse than he let on. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Taglines:

A Road Many Have Traveled ... But Few Escape See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Escalofrío See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,146, 29 April 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,146, 29 April 2007
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After the crash, car interior scenes were shot on a stage, while all exterior scenes were shot on an actual cold snowy road, with trailers on location to keep cast and crew warm in between takes. See more »

Goofs

There is no Route 606 in Pennsylvania. See more »

Quotes

Guy: [gives Girl a dirty look after she just gets off the phone]
Girl: What?
Guy: If I have to drive, you have to talk to me.
Girl: What, I'm the in flight entertainment?
Guy: That's how this ride sharing thing works, okay? Division of labor. We split everything 50/50
Girl: Oh, well, I got news for you, I don't get much more entertaining then when I'm on the phone.
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Connections

Featured in A Frozen Set: The Making of 'Wind Chill' (2007) See more »

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A Somewhat Tedious But Well-Scripted Film of Isolation
2 October 2007 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A boy and a girl (whose names are never revealed) share a car ride home to Delaware, which is strange once you realize no film in history has ever taken place in Delaware. Luckily, they get stranded on the roadside and don't make it there, saving us the chance of this being the first film to take place there. But the stranding was just the beginning -- ghostly figures live in the woods and the girl slowly learns the guy is not who he says he is.

I have to hand it to the creators of this film. Gregory Jacobs is a relatively new director (though he has helped on many projects) and Joe Gangemi is a new writer. Steven Katz also co-wrote this film, but hasn't written any screenplay since 2000's "Shadow of the Vampire" (which was quite good, for the record). Being new doesn't hamper these guys -- they put together a tight picture.

The writing is much stronger than the plot or directing, I have to say. I enjoyed the plot of the boy's mysterious background (this alone could have carried the film), but the ghosts and the violent cop just weren't all that interesting to me. I enjoyed the isolated car story much better in "Penny Dreadful". The dialog was astoundingly incredible. I could have listened to these two talk about pointless things for hours. The inclusion of Nietzsche's eternal recurrence was a nice touch, and actually ties in to the plot. As a philosophy major, that tugged at my heartstrings.

The guy was a decent actor, but the real star here is Emily Blunt. You might know her name, and you're familiar with her if you've seen "The Devil Wears Prada" (I haven't). Miss Blunt has several projects in 2007 and 2008, and I'm not surprised -- she is a dynamic actress that is both talented and beautiful. And not the dainty type of beauty Hollywood likes, but a more powerful brand.

The film is a bit tedious and drags in the second half. Things get repetitive (hence the eternal recurrence) and the ghosts aren't really all that interesting. The cop is bland, the priest is just mildly intimidating and the black man who coughs up an eel is not nearly as creepy as it could have been. I mean, he's coughing up an eel -- that should have been the highlight of the film, but it was just a quick scene.

I'm glad I saw this one. It had solid writing and a nice dynamic between the two leads. I was expecting the music to be better, with the score being done by the same man who composed the score for "The Fountain" but I was instead treated to bad Christmas songs. I've had enough of Christmas movies and music. But, I suppose it's better than Creed or Rush. If you're curious, pick this one up. It's not a bad beer and pizza movie, though you could probably do better.


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