MONSTROUS QUESTION OF THE MONTH – January 2011
(Monstrous Questions provided by Michael Arruda)
Okay, folks, here we are in the middle of January, the month of freezing cold temperatures, snow and ice.
With this in mind, here’s the MONSTROUS QUESTION OF THE MONTH for January:
What’s your favorite winter horror movie(s)?
First up with an answer this month, it’s Nick Cato. Take it away, Nick!
Answer # 1 (of 3). This one’s from NICK CATO:
Here’s a couple of my WINTER-time faves:
SHRIEK OF THE MUTILATED (1974). I first saw this on a cold winter morning on TV. It’s one of my favorite so-bad-it’s-good movies, about a cannibal cult that uses a guy in a Yeti outfit to scare people to death. In most of the outdoor shots you can see the cold shooting from the actor’s mouths, and one flashback Yeti-attack scene in the snow was quite effective (at least for an 8-year old who should have been watching cartoons). I think of this flick whenever the white stuff starts falling from the sky…
Larry Fessenden’s WENDIGO (2001) is a great, quiet-horror film that takes place in Upstate New York. Patricia Clarkson and Jake Weber (the lead actor in the DAWN OF THE DEAD re-make from 2004) star as parents of a young boy who learn the isolated cottage they’re using as a get-away from the stress of city life is haunted by the spirit of a Wendigo, a half-man, half-deer creature of Indian folklore. The constant sound of wind and the icy backgrounds cleverly add to the slowly growing tension.
When the Wendigo finally makes its appearance during a trippy-looking camp fire scene, goose bumps ran down my spine…the way it walks is as creepy as it gets. Few films give me the physical or mental chills like this one.