Posted by: Peter Hall
It has been so long since I’ve reviewed anything, I, for a second, forgot how to format these things. One may have grown to expect the return would bring in hand an extraordinary, hidden horror elixir. One is now disappointed. Congratulations! We have something in common!
WIND CHILL is on the straight and narrow towards Alright-Alright’ington. Not bad, not good. A well enough place to hang your hat is all I’m saying.
However, WIND CHILL does intrigue me in a department most strictly satisfactory films do not. George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh have their names on the film via their Section Eight production house AND Clint Mansell did the score. I’d like to know whether their outfit was looking to make a quick and clean grab for some of thems horrors moneyies, or the impressive collective of Cloonney, Soderbergh et all wound up with Joe Gangemi and Steven Katz’s script and were legitimately blown away.
I have this funny – and to me it is funny – feeling that it is a bit of both, that Section Eight wanted to stir some cash and were wow’ed by the script. That would go to show 1) how outside of the genre they are, that there exists a handful of films with this same stuck-on-a-road-to-nowhere hook in the last three years alone and 2) that not one of the millionaires looking to get in the game ever walked the horror isles of their local video store or Best Buy. Not that I blame them, just amusing to me that Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney, men who have reached the recent heights of their careers by taking risks, dipped their hand into such a safe bet.