Scary Movie: Whiteout (R; 2009; 101 min.)

Couldn’t really call this a horror movie, after seeing it, but is does have a couple of good scares so it still qualified for my 31 Days of Horror project. For me one of the scariest parts was seeing Tom Skerritt in a bushy gray beard and hairdo! Another? A group of naked men running through the cold during a prank…yuck!

U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko is ready to leave her post in Antarctica when she gets one last assignment. Hope it doesn’t delay her since a huge storm is now brewing and the VERY LAST flight out for six months has just been moved up!

Well, upon finding the gory body of a man from another outpost, and realizing he was murdered, she sets off to investigate in negative 55 degree celsius weather with little more than a few layers, some goggles, and a carabiner to tie her to the ropes running between buildings for moving around in whiteout conditions.

When she arrives to talk to one of the other three men stationed at that outpost and discovers he is dead too, all is not lost because she meets a handsome, mysterious UN investigator there. But she really should not wait around to be the last one heading back to base, because an ice-axe wielding madman in head-to-toe snow gear and goggles (you know, to keep warm AND so we can’t see his face) nearly chops her to bits. Luckily, she survives with only severe frostbite to two fingers (which must later be amputated by the Doc, Tom Skerritt).

As the clock is ticking, poor Carrie must decide to stay on in the cold, cold winter to pursue the killer. She and the UN guy discover a Cold War-era tie-in to the murder spree, and set out to stop this madman once and for all.

  • Top Scares: Madman’s rampages
  • Heartbeats: 2 out of 5
  • Gore Factor: 4 out of 5
  • Suspense Factor: 2 1/2 out of 5
  • Recommended for: 14 and up, due to nudity and gore/killing

Next up: Friday the 13th

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