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COLD PREY 2
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Reviewed by: Zombie Boy

Directed by: Mats Stenberg

Starring:
Ingrid Bolso Berdal
Marthe Snorresdotter Rovik
Kim Wifladt

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
The Norwegian Jason is back, this time menacing Jannicke in a small hospital set for closure.
Is it good movie?
Poor Jannicke can't catch a break: after being the sole survivor of a snowboarding weekend interrupted by a murderous behemoth, she is found and taken to a small hospital to recover. The hospital is set to be shut down, and as such has only a handful of patients and a skeleton crew of three. The cops make the unfortunate mistake of bringing the Norwegian Jason back to the hospital along with the bodies of Jannicke's dead friends, and the normal bloody hilarity ensues when he rises from what seemed like death.

COLD PREY 2 is the type of sequel you don't see often: well done and tense, and both a good continuation of the original and an entity unto itself. I have actually not see the first film, and if this didn't have a 2 in the title I wouldn't have known it was a sequel. It sets up the lives of the crew at the hospital, then adds Jannicke and relates her experience, then throws in the Abominable Snowman/Jason-type killer, and sets it all off. I was engrossed and entertained thoroughly.

The only minor quibble I have with the film is its propensity to use the "I thought the killer just killed him/her, but it was really someone offscreen who shot/struck/distracted him" device. It's used maybe three or four separate times in the film. But other than that I loved the film. It's very atmospheric, has well-drawn, likeable characters, oogly kills, and a very interesting use of sound to accentuate action scenes. I wasn't expecting much going in, and was happily surprised.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen, 2.35:1. The cinematography is atmospheric and dark without being murky.

Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, Danish with optional English subtitles. I really liked the way the sound design was used to accentuate action scenes. It helped make it more of an overall experience.
The Extras
Deleted Scenes: There are seven scenes here, totaling about seven minutes. They're actually mostly extended scenes, ostensibly trimmed for pacing reasons. Nothing essential to the plot. The Play All option didn't work, which was sort of a pain in the ass.

Unfortunately the only other feature is a trailer. I quite liked this movie, and wouldn't have minded some making of stuff.
Last Call
I was quite surprised by what a good sequel this is. It really could stand alone as its own film. It's atmospheric and tense, with some pretty good kills. It has well-drawn and likeable characters, and a nice "chicks kicking ass" ending. It also has very good use of sound design in its action scene. All around, a really good experience. Recommended.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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