The Chill Factor (1993) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

The Chill Factor (1993) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

The Chill Factor (1993) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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The Chill Factor (1993) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Christopher Webster
STARRING: Dawn Laurrie, Aaron Kjenaas, Connie Snyder
RATED: UR/REGION A/1:78/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Arrow Video

The Exorcist meets the Winter Olympics in this tale of demonic possession and snowbound slashing from director Christopher Webster, producer of Hellraiser and Hellraiser II: Hellbound. For a group of young couples, a snowmobiling trip turns into a waking nightmare when one of their members is thrown from their vehicle and knocked unconscious. Seeking refuge in a nearby abandoned summer camp, the group find themselves holed up in a cabin filled with bizarre and ominous religious artifacts. As night falls, the discovery of an Ouija board amidst the dusty relics awakens a terrifying evil.

The Chill Factor isn’t a movie I’d outright call “good” but it is interesting enough. Here we have a movie that was released in 1993 but feels like it was shot in the ’80s and held back until it escaped into the loving arms of this Blu-ray release from Arrow Video. A group of somewhat annoying friends with an even more annoying voice-over from one of the characters go out in the middle of nowhere, race some snowmobiles drunk, one gets hurt, and they end up in a cabin that was recently occupied with a cult of devil worshipers. Yes, the movie is silly. Yes, the movie seems lost as to what it is even supposed to be, but like road kill on the side of the road, you can’t help but look and watch. The movie does offer up some interesting kills, some nudity, and if this isn’t crazy enough for you it does also have a VHS workprint version in the extras. But trust me, you’ll want to keep with the HD one here even if it won’t be everyone cup of tea.

This is a movie that feels like it could have done without a few things. One of which being the awkward voice-over narration I mentioned above. The movie probably needed a little more slashing and a little more cult action but it does feel different and why I know a few people I know have watched it and been kind of bored with it, I didn’t mind it and I was able to push through because the thing just tosses some silly stuff at you that helps get you through to the next kill or whatever comes next. I don’t think it’s one of the strongest looking Blu-ray releases from Arrow but I’m sure it looks as good as they could make it look and I do like the fact they tossed the workprint on here just for reference0 among other extras. A release like this has been a trademark of Arrow since they hit the USA on the regular and I liked it enough even if it is a bit insane and awkward.

Extras

– BRAND NEW 2K RESTORATION
– Original uncompressed PCM stereo audio
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Brand new audio commentary with special makeup effects assistant Hank Carlson and horror writer Josh Hadley
– Lights! Cameras! Snowmobiles! – brand new on-camera interview with production manager Alexandra Reed
– Fire and Ice – brand new on-camera interview with stunt coordinator Gary Paul
– Portrait of a Makeup Artist – brand new on-camera interview with special makeup effects artist Jeffery Lyle Segal
– Ouija and Chill – special makeup effects assistant Hank Carlson interviewed by Josh Hadley
– Original VHS workprint from the personal archives of Hank Carlson
– Original Demon-Possessed home video trailer
– Still Gallery
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach / Sadist Art Designs
– First pressing only: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Mike White

Quality of Transfer: 86%

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