What we have here is a frost bitten killer eating human flesh. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
BLOOD RUNS COLD is a Swedish indie production shot for only $5k and let me tell you…it doesn’t look like it. In fact, the film is shot really well–no shaky camera angles, no over the top special effects. Even the beheading, flesh gnawing, and an ax to the chest were pulled of quite realistically. However, these are the film’s only positives. If I were to grade on the acting performances alone–well, the film would have well earned itself a big fat zero.
Now for the story bit–Winona (Hanna Oldenburg) is a successful songstress looking to relieve some of the stress being successful. Her manager rents a luxury cabin in her old hometown where she runs into an old boyfriend and a couple of his friends. They hang out at a bar for awhile, reminiscing about the old days, when Winona suggested that they all return to her cabin to continue the party. Everyone continues drinking and are too tired to drive home, so they decided to stay the night. Unfortunately for them–Mr. Slasher Man was there waiting for the right moment to split some skulls and eat some flesh.
To say that this is a Norwegian slasher film done on an extremely small budget the film is extremely well made. The story isn’t too bad either–except we don’t get an origin story that explains more about the cannibal killer. The first act of the film is a bit long without any interesting dialogue–it isn’t until 30 or so minutes in when the action actually begins. I really enjoyed the seemingly stalker aspect of the film–the camera placement is smartly situated in such a way it was as if someone–or something is always watching the people in the house.
Blood Runs Cold is a decent flick, an “efficient” horror. The overall scenery, the old house where Winona and her friends stayed in really has an effect in the story outcome. Well done.
Finally, a film not of the “found footage” horror genre. Amen to that.
The single disc DVD for Blood Runs Cold includes a special “The Making” video as a bonus feature which doesn’t add much value to the disc. In addition, the features include the trailer for the film. Runtime about 80 minutes. English language.
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