Director: Christopher Webster | Writer: Julian Weaver | Released: July 28th 1993 | Run Time: 1h 26min
The description drew me into this BluRay. I had never heard of this film until I found it at Arrow Video. It was originally released in 1993, but hadn’t really seen the light of day, until now. The Chill Factor was released onto VHS as Demon Possessed, but it fell into obscurity, never really seeing the light of day until now. It’s directed by Christopher Webster, the producer of Hellraiser and Hellraiser II: Hellbound, so I bought it. I wanted to see what I’ve been missing all these years. Who can blame me? I mean, really. It’s a winter slasher, and there’s a snowmobile chase. What’s not to like?
A group of friends go on a snowmobiling trip, but an accident thwarts their plans. They have to find shelter from an incoming storm in an abandoned summer camp. Things slow way down as the group cares for their injured friend. They begin nosing around the camp, having promiscuous sex. There’s this scene where the guy is taking off a girl’s panties and he rubs her legs. Sexy, right? Wrong. It sounded like sandpaper.
They start noticing old, religious artifacts lying around the place. The group manages to find an old Ouija board. They decide to play with it, and consequently awaken a frightening evil. This takes a big chunk out of the film. Members of the group start dying off one by one in mysterious ways. There’s not much blood and guts, but some of the deaths are kind of cool. Too bad you have to wait a while before anything really happens.
The film doesn’t live up to the premise. The actors couldn’t deliver a single convincible line. The dialogue is too choppy and forced. I didn’t care for any of the characters or their fate. Slowly but surely you find out who is possessed by the frightening evil, but it comes as no surprise. The film ends with a bang, though.
The Exorcist meets the Winter Olympics in this tale of demonic possession and snowbound slashing from director Christopher Webster, producer of Hellraiser and Hellraiser II: Hellbound.
For a group of young couples, a snowmobiling trip turns into a waking nightmare when one of their number is thrown from their vehicle and knocked unconscious. Seeking refuge in a nearby abandoned summer camp, the group find themselves holed up in a cabin filled with bizarre and ominous religious artefacts. As night falls, the discovery of a Ouija board amidst the dusty relics awakens a terrifying evil.
Barely released outside of its original VHS outing (for which it was retitled Demon Possessed), cult enthusiasts Arrow Video have dug up The Chill Factor from its wintry analogue grave so horror fans can rediscover this heady mixture of snow, slaughter and Satan!
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