DVD Review: Cold Prey II

Sequels to horror films always have that tricky question: where will they start the new film. Many do the anniversary schtick. Some just have another innocent fool stumble upon the cursed idol at a random moment. But the most intriguing seem eager to start where the other one left off. It create the true sense that the evil hasn’t been defeated by the hero. This has been a time honored tradition. Dracula’s Daughter picked up right after the death of Bela Lugosi’s Dracula. Halloween II kept the night he came home going until dawn. Cold Prey was a cult hit when it arrived from Norway. Naturally they had to continue the chase between Jannicke (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal from Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters) and the Mountain Man. Prey II finally arrives in America on DVD and it’s worth the wait.

If you haven’t seen Cold Prey, here’s your SPOILER ALERT. Jannicke is the only survivor of the first film. At least she thinks she is after a cop finds her roaming the icy wilderness and rushes her to a hospital. The authorities locate the corpses from the first film. Amongst those in the body bags are Jannicke’s friends and one person who really wasn’t her friend: the Mountain Man. Turns out the town’s morgue is also the hospital. While Jannicke recovers upstairs, the Mountain Man defrosts downstairs. When a sign of life is detected, the emergency room crew does their best to revive him. Jannicke attempts to enforce her own DNR notice for the good of humanity. Nobody believes he’s filled with supernatural evil. But they quickly learn when the patient awakens and the lights go out. Can Jannicke handle a second round with him so soon?

Cold Prey II does enough background information so even if you haven’t seen the original movie, you won’t feel left out of the action. The set up of the film pays homage to Halloween II. They pick up the action at the end of the original and continue the battle in a hospital. But Cold Prey II differs just the right amount. The Mountain Man isn’t plodding through town looking for his escaped victim. Plucky medical staffers bring the killer back to life. The scene where they revive the Mountain Man is intense. Watching Jannicke put him back into the body bag is equally shocking. You should turn off the lights and blast the air conditioner so you can get lost in Prey II and beg to escape the horror.

The video is 2.35:1 anamorphic. The transfers brings out the bright whites of the snowy landscapes and the harsh blackness of the hospital. The audio is the Danish track in Dolby Digital Stereo. The movie does have English subtitles. There’s a lot of non-verbal moments so you won’t be reading too much when the killer is on the prowl.

Trailer (2:00) sets up the terror to come.

Deleted Scenes (7:30) contains 7 moments that were snipped from the final film.

Cold Prey II provides the necessary shocks and thrills without a viewer needing to see the original. You’ll never want to check into a hospital that has the body of a homicidal maniac in the basement morgue.

Shout! Factory presents Futureworld. Directed by: Mats Stenberg. Starring: Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Marthe Snorresdotter, Rovik and Kim Wifladt. Running time: 89 minutes. Rated: Unrated. Released: April 23, 2013. Available at Amazon.com.

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