I think one of the scariest things about Horror films like THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE or even the new FRIDAY THE 13th remake are the locations themselves. I never saw it as a kid, but now as an adult I view these country spots quite differently. The tense mood behind this film feels as real to me as the chair Iím sitting on. My grandparents have acres upon acres of land, loaded with livestock, old abandoned cars, woods and streams, so many places to get lost and buried. Much like Ree soon discovers, I too realize just how easy it would be to simply disappear out there and never be heard from again. Itís a spine tingling and ever so creepy thought but one that made this film resonate with intensity.
I have to hand it to Jennifer Lawrence here as she carries this film flawlessly as a tough as nails kid determined to fight for her family. There are more than a few solid moments where her true acting prowess shines and I sincerely hope they donít go unnoticed. John Hawkesí performance is just as noteworthy, especially coming from a guy whoís usually just a bit part actor with a couple lines and maybe two to five minutes of screen time. The standoff between him and the cop when he gets pulled over and refuses to get out, both men holding guns intent on killing the other, was by far my favourite scene and got my adrenaline pumping pretty hard.
WINTERíS BONE isnít a film youíll hear much buzz about or see splashed all over the TV but rest assured this is one Sundance Film that deserved to win best picture. I find moments like these refreshing, having enjoyed a film I know for a fact I wouldnít have looked twice at had I not needed to review it. I tend to get so caught up in all the mainstream flicks that I forget to roll the dice as often as I should sometimes, but rest assured that hitting this flick up for a watch is no gamble and thoroughly encouraged from my end.
Deleted Scenes: Thereís about ten minutes of worth of filler that does nothing to push the film ahead and as a result them showing up here is no surprise.
Alternate Opening: I was hoping for something a bit more and at the very least something that helped bridge the whole abandoned father theme. No such luck, Iím glad they stuck with the one they did.
The Making of Winterís Bone: The film itself does come off as plain, featuring salt of the Earth people living a separate life than most of us are used to. This theory is brought home in this feature as we see many of the ordinary people used to help sell the filmís authenticity. Again, the similarities to Hartland and Cold Stream are uncanny.
ďHardscrabble ElegyĒ Composed and performed by Dickon Hinchliffe: Here we get a scenic video for one of the songs written for the movie as well as a list of musical credits for the filmís entire score.
Previews: Thereís a feature film trailer as well as some other previews.