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Dead of Winter (1987)

A fledgling actress is lured to a remote mansion for a screen-test, soon discovering she is actually a prisoner in the middle of a blackmail plot.



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Complete credited cast:
Julie Rose / Katie McGovern / Evelyn
Mr. Murray
Dr. Joseph Lewis
Rob Sweeney
Officer Mullavy
Officer Huntley
Mark Malone ...
Roland McGovern
Highway Patrolman
Sam Malkin ...
Gas Jock
Pamela Moller ...
Woman at Audition
Dwayne McLean ...
Paul Welsh ...
New Year's Eve Reveler


Katie McGovern is a struggling actress living with her husband and her student brother, who is visiting. She attends an audition that she found in the paper and is selected to shoot a short video which will be sent to the director for his approval. Mr. Murray, the man holding the audition, picks Katie up and takes her to a remote mansion where they shoot the video. Katie is selected to replace the previous lead in the film who looks remarkably like her. Soon, however, things begin to look as if they are not what they seem. Katie soon realizes she is in danger and attempts escape. Written by Brian D. Switzer <bswitzer@uoguelph.ca>

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Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

6 February 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Froid comme la mort  »

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$2,413,427 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The character Dr Joseph Lewis, is in reference to the director of My Name Is Julia Ross (1945), Joseph H. Lewis. See more »


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Surprisingly old-fashioned thriller
30 March 2003 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

Even for 1987, "Dead Of Winter" still comes across as surprisingly old-fashioned. In fact, it reminded me a lot of those early 1970s made-for-TV movie thrillers. Those who enjoy such movies will find this seeming tribute nicely nostalgic.

However, unlike those made-for-TV movies of that era, DOW does not run a lean 75 minutes or so. It runs 100 minutes, and in this case less definitely would have been more - the movie clearly could have been tightened somewhat. However, there are hints that the rough unedited cut possibly had the answers to some glaring holes in the plot (like: Why does our heroine go outside at one point to hike for a long distance WITHOUT PUTTING ON A COAT?) There are also a few other instances where she could have saved herself from her predicament had she just used some common sense.

By the way, if anyone knows why this movie was rated "R", I'd appreciate hearing the explanation. Everything in the movie - even the blood and language - is pretty tastefully presented, and doesn't seem to deserve even a PG-13 rating.

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