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September 22, 2007

The Last Winter

Lastwinter

Writer/director Larry Fessenden ("Wendigo") whips up a whirlwind of suspense and horror in the Arctic region of Northern Alaska where an oil company’s dredging plans meet with supernatural elements at their frigid base. Ron Perlman ("Hellboy") plays Pollock a nasty oil company boss who cares not a whit for the reality of global warming that consumes the attention of ecological consultants James Hoffman (James Le Gros) and Elliot (Jamie Harrold). Melting permafrost stalls the company’s drilling plans while Pollock’s former love interest Abby (Connie Britton) beds down with James. Herds of weird ghost animals run through the Arctic darkness as death creeps up on the ever diminishing crew. Fessenden's best film to date is a horror movie built on eerie atmosphere and unspoken terror. Director of photography Magni Agustsson achieves beautiful visual textures and distances that allow hidden meanings to saturate the psychology of the audience.

Not Rated, 100 mins. (B) (Three Stars)

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