International poster of Cold Prey
|Directed by||Roar Uthaug|
|Produced by||Martin Sundland
|Written by||Thomas Moldestad|
|Starring||Ingrid Bolsø Berdal
Rolf Kristian Larsen
Endre Martin Midtstigen
Tomas Alf Larsen
|Music by||Magnus Beite|
|Editing by||Jon Endre Mørk|
|Distributed by||SF Norge AS|
|Release dates||October 13, 2006|
|Running time||97 min.|
Cold Prey (Norwegian: Fritt Vilt, lit. "Open Season") is a 2006 Norwegian slasher film, directed by Roar Uthaug. It premiered in Norway on October 13, 2006 and received mostly positive reviews and was hailed as one of the best modern Norwegian horror movies.
The film starts in medias res. A boy with a large birthmark covering one eye is running frantically through a blizzard in Jotunheimen, being pursued. Eventually, he stumbles, and his unseen pursuer catches up to him. Despite his pleas, the person proceeds to bury him alive in the snow.
The film then introduces the protagonists: A group of friends in their late teens going on a snowboard vacation to Jotunheimen. They are Eirik, the oldest, who has a mature sense of duty, Jannicke, Eirik's strong-willed girlfriend, Mikal, the "cool" guy of the group, Ingunn, Mikal's girlfriend who's not too sure of herself, and Morten Tobias, the jokester and entertainer of the group.
The group are driving in their car towards Jotunheimen. When they arrive, they climb the first mountain, and are stunned by the magnificent view. The gang immediately whip out their snowboards and surf down the mountain slopes, but unfortunately, Morten breaks his leg. They treat it the best they can but realize they can't care for it properly out in the wilderness. They spot a hotel, and decide to seek help there.
When they get to the hotel, Eirik soon discovers that there are no people resident. He breaks in through a window and unlocks a door, then Mikal and Jannicke proceeds to lie Morten down on a couch in the parlor. They then treat the broken leg with alcohol and superglue. Eirik, Mikal and Ingunn later go to explore the abandoned resort, while Jannicke stays to keep Morten company. The three discover the electric generator of the hotel. Eirik fixes the generator and power is restored to the resort. Afterwards, Mikal and Ingunn run off by themselves. While exploring the various hotel suites, they discover a room in particular disarray with the window broken, and Ingunn is slightly shocked to find blood and small amounts of hair on a glass shard. Eirik, on his way back to the parlor, hears a clanking noise deeper down the cellar, and assumes it's Mikal and Ingunn. He calls for them to be more careful, but he receives no reply. With the lights back on, music playing and plentiful amounts of food and alcohol, the group are all quite content and have a great time in the parlor. Jannicke finds the hotel's guestbook and discovers that the last guest checked in sometime during 1975, and under the names of the last registered guests, there is a message reading "We hope you find your son". Inside the book, there is a picture of a family. And the boy is the same one who was being chased and buried in snow during the opening sequence.
What the group does not know is that a mysterious figure has been watching them since they arrived, roaming about the hotel without them knowing.
- Ingrid Bolsø Berdal: Jannicke
- Rolf Kristian Larsen: Morten Tobias
- Viktoria Winge: Ingunn
- Tomas Alf Larsen: Eirik
- Endre Martin Midtstigen: Mikal
- Rune Melby: The mountain man
- Erik Skjeggedal: The boy
- Tonie Lunde: Mother
- Hallvard Holmen: Father
The movie was shot at a top of Jotunheimen. Helicopters flew the 20 ton equipment to the top of the mountain where the temperature was below −25 degrees Celsius. It took 2 years to shoot the film and another 9 months for special effects and editing.
At Kosmorama in Trondheim in 2007, Martin Sundland and Magne Lyngner won Best Producers and Christian Schanning won Best Sound for the film. At the 2007 Grossmann film and wine festival, the film received the "Vicious Cat Award."
In 2007, the movie had grossed over 14 million dollars.
The film has been shown in North America at the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival, the 2007 San Francisco International Film Festival, the 2007 Seattle International Film Festival, and the 2007 Montreal World Film Festival, and was also shown as part of the Night of the Dead VII during the annual Leeds International Film Festival, as well as London FrightFest Film Festival 2007 in the United Kingdom.