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The Last Winter (2006/Genius DVD)


Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C†††† Film: C



The one Horror film it has been hard for fans to rip off and imitate is John Carpenterís remake of The Thing (1982, reviewed elsewhere on this site) because it seems most would-be filmmaking fans do not live in the areas with much snow.However, it is a Science Fiction/Horror area that is occasionally revisited and Editor/Co-Writer/Co-Producer/Director Larry Fessenden attempts it with some odd twists in The Last Winter (2006) by adding environmental twists and make it into a thriller.He is as unsuccessful as M. Night Shyamalan!


Ron Pearlman stars as the head of an expedition team out in the middle of the arctic because of corporate interests when something strange begins to happen.You guessed it, people start acting weird, odd things start to happen, people loose their minds (if they had minds to loose to begin with) and then dead bodies turn up.


Though done with some great acting and ambition, this never takes off, has visual effects that look unfinished and when it concludes, has no payoff and is only staying something big in the minds of the makers who seem to have great difficulty putting on screen what they want to show and say.There is not enough suspense and then this ends.Too bad, because they had the makings of at least a decent film, but it falls short and money has nothing to do with it.James LeGros (Fincherís Zodiac), Connie Britton, Zach Gilford and Kevin Corrigan (Superbad) also star.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is a little soft, but consistent for what it is and made silly by the lame digital effects.Director of Photography Magni Agustsson may have some good shots here and there, as filmed in Super 35mm, but the use of the scope frame is very disappointing throughout and hurts the film in the long run.The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix has some soundfield, dialogue is not bad and the Jeff Grace score is mix, while the mix undistinguished.That too could have been better.Extras include a making of the film featurette and feature length commentary by Director Fessenden.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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