Movie Review: THE CHILL FACTOR (Special Edition) Blu-ray

THE CHILL FACTOR (aka Demon Possessed) was produced and directed by Christopher Webster from a screenplay by Julian Weaver and stars Dawn Laurrie, Aaron Kjenaas, Connie Snyder, David Fields, Eve Montgomery and Jim Cagle.

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!

Okay, I’m gonna try not to spoil this too much for you so I’m leaving a few important details and events out. The Chill Factor follows six friends; Jeannie (Dawn Laurrie), Tom (Aaron Kjenaas), Karen (Connie Snyder), Chris (David Fields), Lissa (Eve Montgomery) and Ron (Jim Cagle), who are out playing on their snowmobiles when one of them ends up in a near fatal accident. This tragic event is what sets up the terrifying events that’ll haunt this small group of friends.

Since the small group is out in the middle of nowhere and it’s freezing cold outside, they find an abandoned camp and take shelter not knowing it was once used by a satanic cult. What happens is, one of the friends ends up finding an ancient ouija board so they decide to play with it while one of the others heads out to get some help. What happens is, they accidentally unleash an anicent evil that ends up possessing one of their own and one by one the friends begin to meet their untimely demise. Each one ultimately dies a brutal death until it all comes down to the final girl and the possessed figure that’s chasing her down but thankfully she lives to tell about it.

The front of the packaging features the newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach that you can see at the top of the page and the back include movie details and list of special features. The reversible sleeve features some original artwork and movie credits so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use as the front cover. You can see it down below. There’s also a fully illustrated collector’s booklet inside with new writing on the film by Mike White that will be available for the first pressing only. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The Chill Factor was given a brand new 2K restoration from original film elements. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Chill Factor ended up being a cheesy fun horror romp that totally reminded me of the good ol’ video store days. VHS baby! The Chill Factor was the second film to come out of Wisconsin’s now-defunct Windsor Lake Studios, following the mediocre at best Trapped Alive (review HERE), and in my opinion it was a small step in the right direction and a little more entertaining than its predecessor. This movie is still a flawed watch from top to bottom that features some bad acting and some major pacing issues. To make up for these short comings, the movie does offer some pretty creative death scenes, a nice amount of blood and gore to go with that, and a little boobage. It’s an old school horror movie, so you know, boobage! Something else I liked about The Chill Factor is that it definitely had an 80’s look to it even though it came along in 1993. All in all, The Chill Factor ended up being a little better than Trapped Alive and I have to admit that I kind of enjoyed this supernatural slice of cinematic cheese from the early 90’s. The Chill Factor will be available on a Special Edition Blu-ray on June 16th.

Distributor: Arrow Video

Run Time: 91 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English LPCM 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include some new audio commentary, three new interviews with some of the crew, the original workprint of the film, a still gallery and the original VHS trailer.

  • Ouija and Chill: Brand new audio commentary with special effects artist Hank Carlson and horror writer Josh Hadley (25:28)
  • Portrait of a Makeup Artist: Brand new on-camera interview with makeup artist Jeffery Lyle Segal (15:03)
  • Lights! Cameras! Snowmobiles! Brand new on-camera interview with production manager Alexandra Reed (13:02)
  • Fire and Ice: Brand new on-camera interview with stunt coordinator Gary Paul (11:21)
  • Original Workprint: Original VHS workprint from the personal archives of special makeup effects assistant Hank Carlson (84:00)
  • Still Gallery (04:30)
  • Original VHS Trailer (02:00)
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