Hello, and welcome back to another edition of Underrated Horror Movie of the Month! If you are new here, please enjoy your stay! Once or twice a month, I talk about a horror movie that I feel is underrated and underappreciated. For the first edition of 2022, I am talking about the 2007 film Wind Chill. If you are not familiar with this movie, you will find everything you need to know here.
About Wind Chill
When a college girl (Emily Blunt) finds herself with no way home for the holidays, a classmate (Ashton Holmes)swoops in like a knight in shining armor. As their journey progresses, he tries everything to impress her. Unfortunately, his efforts fall short.
The trouble begins when the guy decides to take an unexpected detour. The road is small and snow-covered, which makes travel difficult at best. A vehicle traveling in the opposite direction soon runs them off the road, stranding them in the cold.
Fighting injuries from the crash, the pair strive for survival. When other people show up, they think they have been saved, only for their hopes to be dashed. Fear prevails as the two college students struggle to know what is real and what is supernatural.
The film carries an R rating.
Fun fact: the names of the two main characters are never given.
Wind Chill is unique in that the main characters are not named. This is particularly odd because the majority of interactions are between these two individuals. They do not know each other at the beginning of the film, and there is no traditional introduction.
The plot moves at a satisfactory rate. It is not overly slow, nor does it move so fast that important aspects are skipped. Along the same lines, there is decent character development. Both characters are affected by the situation and show growth as the story progresses.
One of the common complaints in reviews is that the plot is not fully fleshed out. I disagree with this conclusion. There is a completed progression from their first supernatural experience until the final scene. The mystery that is introduced after the wreck is fully fleshed out, and the story comes full circle.
There is one thing I did not like, and that is how dark the scenes appear. It wouldn’t be so bad if it remained easy to see the on-screen actions. However, this is not the case.
Blunt and Holmes work well together and have staggering chemistry. One minute they are arguing, and the next, they look at each other with barely suppressed sexual tension. Wondering if they will both survive and if they even have a chance, all of the emotion barrels through the screen.
The ghosts and time-loop make for an ever-changing and dangerous situation. The filming lulls audiences into complacency before everything is suddenly at risk.
Overall, this movie deserves to be seen at least once. Lovers of blood and gut horror are not going to love Wind Chill; However, paranormal fans should add it to their list. The underrated gem is practically begging for more viewers. Will you answer the call?
Check out the trailer below and let us know in the comments if you plan on watching 2022’s first Underrated Horror Movie of the Month! Also, don’t forget to leave a comment about which film deserves to be featured next! February’s theme will be Valentine’s Day.