Frostbitten

Frostbitten

Frostbitten (2006)

In the wake of a painful divorce, a doctor uproots to a small Lapland town and takes a job at the local hospital. But as the days go on, she can’t help but notice a series of strange “accidents” that seem almost otherworldly. Surrounded by seasonal darkness — and with dawn still a month away — can she learn the truth about the town’s evil aura? And, more importantly, can she stay alive?

That’s what the description says.  Clearly, that description was written by someone watching a different film entirely.  A woman and her daughter move up to the frozen north during the month-long night.  Things start off nicely enough, but the local teens get their hands on some vampire blood and things get out of control fast.

After a chilling (pun intended) opening in which Nazi troops are set upon by something evil in the Swedish wilderness, we move up to the modern day.  Lapland is dark for a month and the new doctor in town wants nothing more than to study with the great geneticist at the local hospital.   He has only one mysterious patient, who has been in a coma for as long as anyone can remember.  Some wisecracking interns get their hands on some of his experimental drugs, which then make their way to a local party.  Soon, the local teens are at each other’s necks – literally.

Scandanavian horror films always seem to tend to straddle the line between horror and black comedy.  This film falls somewhere between “Let the Right One In” (basically stealing the ending to that film), “Twilight” and the spate of teen horror comedies out there.  Sadly, it could have been so much more than that.  The setup was tight and compelling, the effects were decent and the underlying story – while it’s been done before – had some interesting elements.  Even the awkwardness of the first “victim’s” transformation remained tense for a bit before going off the deep end.  Instead, the film veers sharply into a teen comedy with bumbling police and bad jokes told by dying vampires.

 

Stars: 3/5

 

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