|Cold Prey II (2008)|
|Writers:||Thomas Moldestad, Roar Uthaug, and Martin Sundland|
|Starring:||Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Marthe Snorresdotter Rovik, and Kim Wifladt|
If there are weaknesses to be found in Cold Prey II, it of course comes from these roots that it has in tradition. While the movie does its best to be shocking and taut, there’s hardly ever a moment in the film where you won’t be aware that you are watching a new-era slasher movie. Viewers may still thank their lucky stars that at least this title doesn’t feature an assortment of annoying teenagers being killed in various states of undress (well, the undressed part wouldn’t be so bad), there are plenty of other genre elements at play in the movie. We have the knowledgeable and experienced veteran who survived the first film (see the Scream franchise or the aforementioned Halloween sequel), we have the sweet young girl who joins up with the grizzled vet (serving as the virginal “final girl” in this sequel), there is of course the mysterious killer who defies all physical possibilities, and there’s also the supernatural slant when we discover our main villain is apparently incapable of dying. The “Mountain Man” is ultimately a Norwegian Jason Voorhees. Do all of these things stack up to make a bad movie? Not at all, but viewers should know precisely what they are getting into with this one. You won’t be blown away and it’s doubtful that it will be at the top of your favorite film list, but when Cold Prey II gets something right: it’s usually done absurdly well.