IMDb Rating: 4.2/10
R |1h 26min | Horror, Thriller | 22 Sep 2020 (USA) | Movie
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Director: Stanislav Kapralov
Writer: Stanislav Kapralov, Omri Rose
Stars: Ivanna Sakhno, Alex Hafner, Tinatin Dalakishvili
Movie Tagline: “They were warned”.
IMDb summary: Separated from her fiance after sneaking onto a restricted slope, Mia, a free riding snowboarder, must survive not only against nature, but the masked snowmobile rider in black who’s out for her blood.
Written by Jeremy
This horror went almost completely under the radar because nobody was watching it, not because it wasn’t marketed or promoted well. Sometimes, you wish that you had left some movies in that place under your radar – like this one.
Now whenever I see snow, I only think of one thing – Christmas. Let It Snow is a horror film directed by Stanislav Kapralov. It focuses on two characters, Mia and Max as they travel to a getaway to do some “free riding” snowboarding. There is one particular area which is deemed off limits and well, Max only hears the words “off limits” and he immediately thinks they need to see this place. There are some weird goings-on that happen at the motel where they’re staying, but you don’t really think anything of it at the time.
Being trapped in the mountains in winter brings out a genuinely scary feeling of pure isolation. The thought of everything is entirely in your hands. One wrong turn could mean certain death. The two head out to the area they’ve been told to avoid and end up getting separated from each other.
So things at this point seem a little clichéd – boy and girl go out on a romantic getaway but can’t seem to stay away from the one place they’re told not to go to. They seem like a couple who live a little on the edge, so we’ll call that believable for now. But getting separated when they’re barely starting out seemed a little too much of a thing. You can see things being set up a mile away – it’s just too predictable.
The fact that it focuses on only two people helps to drive the story and plot forward. And eventually, after they separate, you get the idea that Mia is the heroine of this film – or at least she seems like she is. The acting ability of our two snowboarding love birds is not so great, and I felt little to no chemistry between the couple. Plus, the premise of the story is boring. There are some sweeping shots of the mountains and snowfields, and the environment seems every bit as harsh as you’d expect. But it’s a little tired and a little too much of something you’ve probably already seen.
My main issue with the story is that it hardly focuses on the “bad guy” so you’re stuck trying to piece together who this person is from the beginning. You understand the “why” behind the motives for the antagonist, but the problem is you’re really not all that interested. It became all too obvious that the whole idea is to hide the person’s identity from you to make it seem more suspenseful, but it really doesn’t work very well at all.
We don’t like to waste good movie watching time on films that are, well, quite a waste of precious time you could spend watching quality films instead. So move on quickly and forget about this one like we did.
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