Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 1st, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2009
Director: Jason Robert Stephens
Writers: Robert Michael Ryan, Jason Robert Stephens
Cast: James Kyson-Lee, George Stults, Tiffany, Penny Drake, Danielle De Luca, Robert Michael Ryan, Michael Berryman, Mickey Jones
DVD released: September 27th, 2010
Approximate running time: 74 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: 15 (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £12.99
Synopsis: Six friends idyllic vacation at a cabin in the mountains quickly turns deadly. When a snow storm leaves them isolated from the rest of the world.
Blood Snow was original released under the title Necrosis. The cabin in which the six friends are staying for the weekend. Just also happens to be located where the Donner party massacre happened. And twenty of so years someone who stays in this cabin. Meets with a tragic end. Even though there is a supernatural element at play in this film. This is a more psychological rooted horror film. In which the scares are built up around the mounting tension between the six friends.
Unfortunately there are way too many stretches where literally nothing more than mundane banter. The opening act does a good job setting things up. Then the middle act is a mess from the story never recovers from. By the time the final act rolls around. It is too little, too late. With a final that resolves nothing and leaves the viewer bewildered.
The bulk of the carnage occurs during the last half of the film. And while the kills are gruesome generally enough. Several of them felt to abrupt. From a production stand point the visuals and acting are this films strongest assets. With the weakest link in the cast being former teen pop sensation Tiffany. And while some of this may be due to her character being the one with the least to do. The result is a performance comes off as one dimensional. To performances of note include Mickey Jones (National Lampoon’s Vacation) and Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), portraying a superstitious locale who tries to dissuade the six friends from going to the cabin. Overall when all is said and done, Blood Snow is underwhelming horror film that explores themes that are executed so much better in The Shining.
Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment presents Blood Snow in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. This is a strong look color that boats strong colors, black levels look very good and details look sharp throughout. There are no problems with compression and the image remains stable throughout.
This release comes with two audio options, a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in English and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in English. A sampling between the two audio mixes and the differences are minimal. With the Dolby Digital 5.1 English audio mix doing a slightly better job with the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack. Both audio mixes sound clear and consistent throughout.
Extras for this release include the film’s original and UK trailers and a twenty nine minute ‘Behind the Scenes’ featurette. This is pretty much your standard ‘Behind the Scenes’ segment in which cast and crew discuss various production related topics. Also included with this release are trailers for other titles also available from Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment. Overall Blood Snow gets a first rate DVD release from Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment.