Reviewed by: JimmyO
What's it about
There’s this town in Sweden see… and once every year there are 30 days of night. And guess what infests this quite little town for a month of darkness? Well it ain’t those creepy woodland animals from South Park. Although that might have been cool.
Is it good movie?
It always happens. A really interesting (and sometimes not so interesting) idea appears and suddenly, about three or four movies are made with almost the exact storyline. Yet, every single filmmaker involved seems to have little or no knowledge about the other films. So where would that place Frostbitten, a Swedish film about a town that has a month where the sun never rises. Much like a certain other film, somewhere along the way, vampires show up because hey… it’s a freakin’ smorgasbord of human munchies when that happens. But don’t get too frightened, even though the plot may sound exactly like the recent 30 Days of Night, it feels more like the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer with Kristy Swanson.
This horror/comedy plays much like an American film, in that the kids in the movie are dumb as mud and they seem to have no idea how to get away from a bunch of vampires. It starts of promisingly enough as a mother and her daughter move to this quaint little village and everything seems normal. Well, aside from the fact that the sun has just gone down for a month, and some quack of a vampire doctor is working on genetic experiments with other vampires. The experiments lie in the form of a pill that can create a vampire. And you can only imagine what happens when a bunch of drug happy, pill popping, teenagers who want a new drug get their greedy little hands on them.
The problem with the film is that it is much too generic. Considering it is a foreign film, I was surprised by how American if felt. It felt a bit like an 80’s horror homage and sort of played itself that way too. The actors do good work for the most part, but nobody really had me cheering. And when the first dude to be infected starts having conversations with dog’s, I thought maybe there might be something unique. But suffice it to say, nothing new here. I did find the film mildly entertaining, but it seemed odd that they were using the whole 30 days of night angle but the film only took place within a few days. And the only time that seemed of significance was when someone mentioned it. Leaving Frostbitten to be a bit cold.
Video / Audio
Video: The 2.35:1 widescreen transfer was good. But nothing more than that.
Audio: The Dolby Digital 5.1 was also good. Pretty much like the movie… average.
The special features are apparently “chilling” if you believe the packaging. I found them to be pretty good… yep, nothing special, just average. The best feature on the disc is Frostbitten: Behind the Scenes (26:00) which is the typical interview opportunity for all the cast and crew to talk about the film. I did enjoy this one just for the energy that came through. Good stuff.
The rest of the disc felt a little dull. It included a few Deleted Scenes with “Car Scene” and “Cornelia’s Flight”. Both are fine, but the movie felt a bit long to begin with, so not a loss taking these scenes out. And next comes the Original Theatrical Trailer and a few Bloopers which are given the titles, “Sebastian Stomped”, “Oh, Vega” and “Vega on a Wire”. The bad thing about these bloopers, is that much of it revolves around my least favorite character Vega. But it was funny to see a few bad landings when she was set up on wires.
Finally, we get a few Trailers for “Habit”, “In Search of Dracula” and “Victor Frankenstein”. For a movie about vampires, this seemed pretty bloodless.
Frostbitten is an okay way to kill time. The concept of a town with 30 days of darkness and vampires feels very dull. The gore effects are fine and the acting and directing are fine, although some of the editing choices didn’t work. But if you are making a movie like this, you might as well revel in the concept, which the far superior 30 Days of Night had no problems doing. Yet this is not 30 Days of Night. No, this is a satisfactory attempt to generate life into Sweden. Not bad, but not really all that good.