Dead of Winter (2007)

By Brett Mullins

Released: 2007

Directed by Brian McNamara

Dead of Winter is a ‘bad trip’ film chronicling the journey of a college-aged couple through the frozen wilderness following a car accident. Matters are further complicated since the couple was returning home from a New Year’s party while high on both meth and LSD.

This film, which also goes by the name of Lost Signal, is based on the true story of a Nebraskan couple who shared a similar experience. This story was featured on a popular Dateline-type show, which gave the audience (those who have heard of it, that is) some sort of a connection with the plot.

Discussing the film’s plot is a bit difficult, because there’s not much there. It’s rather clear what’s going on the entire time, with the exception of a twist toward the end that is terribly illogical. The few attempts of building ‘who-done-it’ tension largely fail to even be recognized by the audience. When the police inquire as to the whereabouts of the now lost couple, a big deal is made about one character slipping them LSD; no one seems the least bit concerned about the meth.

Story aside, the film featured interesting snowy-night visuals that were not too blue shaded (those who have seen Underworld know what I’m talking about). Most of the scenes filmed in daylight, however, looked washed out.

Despite the ineffectiveness of the Dead of Winter overall, it inspired a bit of abstinence with regard to hard drugs.

Rating: 3/10

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