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Dead Cold (1995)

R  |  Video  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  7 May 1996 (USA)
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When a carjacking leaves L.A. screenwriter Eric recovering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen, wife Alicia nurses him back to health. Four months later, the two depart for a second ... See full summary »

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When a carjacking leaves L.A. screenwriter Eric recovering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen, wife Alicia nurses him back to health. Four months later, the two depart for a second honeymoon in an idyllic setting in the mountains. They are snuggly ensconced in front of a crackling fire when Cale, a hunter who's ostensibly lost his sense of direction in the snow storm and nearly frozen to death, appears at their cabin door. Reluctantly, Alicia agrees with Eric that they have to take him in for the night. "It's too late and the weather's too bad to try to get him into town, tonight," Eric says. "I'll take him in the morning." But, when morning comes and Eric is unable to start his truck, Cale's presence begins to take on sinister proportions. Alicia surreptitiously searches through his backpack and discovers that he has no identification. Cale absentmindedly lets drop that he has friends in Folsom Prison and he becomes agitated when he learns that Eric has supposedly thrown away the ... Written by Mark Fleetwood <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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The forest keeps it's secrets
21 December 2003 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

****SOME SPOILERS**** Eric, Chris Mulkey, a Hollywood screen writer is about to go to the ballet with his beautiful wife Alicia, Lysette Anthony. As soon as he leaves his garage Eric hits what looks like a jogger running on the street. As Eric leaves his car to see if the jogger is all right the jogger takes out a gun and shots him point blank in the chest.

Four months later with Eic recovered form his wound he and Alicia take a trip to the country to help in his recovery by breathing the fresh and cold forest air. Renting a cabin from Bill, Michal Champion, a local hunter Eric & Alicia plan to have nothing but peace and quite staying there, how wrong they were.

Both Eric and Alicia are warm and cozy until later in the night when Kale, Peter Dobson, arrives at their door telling them that his van broke down and if he can stay over for the night until morning when he can go down the road where it is to fix it. What Alicia and Eric don't know is that Kale is an escaped convict who just murdered Bill's daughter Sarah, Alina Thompson.

With the unsuspecting couple not knowing how dangerous Kale is they overlook a number of red flags that should have been obvious to them. Kale's fascination with guns and axes and asking Eric, who was in the marines, how it felt to kill people. The next night as Kale is showing Eric his scar from an accident that he had he ask Eric if he can see where he was shot, after Eric got very sick drinking some booze and told him that he's been having trouble ever since he was shot four months ago. Kale suddenly attacked Eric knocking him out then puts him in his van which miraculously started working and dumped Eric into the cold and dark forest some miles down the road.

Coming back to the cabin with Alicia alone and everybody watching the movie expecting the worst to happen what happens is much worse then what anyone in the movie audience ever expected.

Pretty good movie with an Alfred Hitchcock like twist and a terrifying and exciting final that will keep you at the edge of your seat, and even after the surprise, that will shock you down to your boots late in the film. Well worth the effort to sit through, you won't be at all disappointed watching it.


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