Like all good horror movie villains, that creepy guy in the Parka is back, menacing the good people of Norway in “Fritt Vilt 2” the sequal to the hugely successful “Fritt Vilt” aka “Cold Prey” as it was known here in the US.
Back too for the action is actress Ingrid Bolsø Berdal as spunky Norse heroine, Jannicke. With the recent announcement that a 3rd film is in the works, it looks like I’d better get watching this one to catch up.
Our quick synopsis reads as follows: “Jannicke, the lone survivor from the previous film’s slayings is discovered wandering cold and traumatized, covered with blood and carrying a pick axe along a deserted, snow-covered mountain road. Taken to a nearby hospital for observation and treatment, she tells the police of her terrible ordeal. As the authorities head into the mountains to investigate the her story, the hospital staff members and their patients quickly learn the shocking truth for themselves as the institution’s wards and corridors become the new hunting ground for the unstoppable killer.”
Sounds good… but will it sustain the thrills and suspense of the first film? I guess you’ll just need to “Read On” to find out!!
But…. but… didn’t evil creepy Parka Guy die at the end of the first one? Jannicke got all spunky and handed him his ass but good then knocked him down a crevasse, didn’t she? Of course she did… but since when has that ever stopped a crazy psycho on the rampage? It never does…. They ALWAYS come back for more…. (that’s why we have sequels, silly… Hehehehe!!)
This one starts out in a remote Norwegian hospital, which is apparently scheduled to close soon. It’s nestled in a tiny remote mountain village. (Probably the one Eirik thought he’d be able to ski to for help in the last movie….) Only a skeleton staff remain on duty to tend patients still being treated. Camilla (played by Marthe Snorresdotter Rovik) is one of the two doctors still there. Her boyfriend, Ole (played by Kim Wifladt), is a paramedic and some sort of Mountain Rescue guy working with the local police. They have the same problem as Jannicke and Eirik… they are two people, obviously in love, whose lives are going in two different directions. Called out to investigate a snowed-in automobile, he finds Eirik’s car abandoned where they left it. Then, while driving back to the hospital, Ole nearly hits a somebody in the road holding a pick axe. It’s our spunky heroine, Jannicke, the sole survivor from the first film. Suffering from exposure, traumatized by her experiences and exhausted he takes her back to the hospital for treatment. There, she tells the police all about the murders of her friends and Parka Guy. The Sheriff and his men investigate the hotel and crevasse with Ole’s help, confirming the truth of her almost unbelievable story. Recovering the corpses of Jannicke’s friends and Parka Guy, they bring them back to the hospital morgue where it soon goes all terribly, horribly wrong.
This movie moves along much faster than the first one did… much of the suspense is sacrificed along the way, but that’s OK. After all, we already know who the killer is…. the film is more of a survival gore fest that a suspense film. The hospital stands in nicely for the deserted, dark, labyrinthine ski lodge. There is a slightly larger cast on hand to allow for a bigger body count as might be expected…. and Parka Guy moves from the role of deranged territorial loner with revenge in mind to unstoppable, possibly supernatural force of evil that lives only to kill.
This shift in plot gears works… (it always does) and thank goodness the police don’t waste all their efforts thinking it was Jannicke who killed all her friends… that always wastes sooo much time in a film like this. Instead they know that it’s all Parka Guy immediately, and only try to to sedate and restrain Jannicke for her own good…. she’s been through so much you see… With the larger cast and the bigger hospital environment to play with, soon you are trying hard to figure out who is going to make it and who is going to die… horribly. We’ve got quite the choices this time out. Camilla and Ole, I’ve mentioned… but we also have young and pretty nurse Audhild (played by Johanna Morck), our other doctor, Herman (played by Fridtjov Såheim), the local Sherriff Einar and his men, as well as two patients, a little boy, Daniel, and a dotty old lady with a bad case of Alzheimers. Yep… gonna be a big ol’ stack of dead people when this one winds down.
Now…. I’m not going to ruin things for you by telling you how things unwind, but let’s just say Jannicke does her best Jaimie Lee Curtis imitation as you get a very large case of deja vu here. “Halloween 2” was here first… a long, long time ago, but as with most things old, sometimes they can be new again if you handle them right. The story keeps the momentum fast, and it’s best if you don’t get toooo attached to characters…. they probably aren’t going to end up so well.
So…. how does it end? Nope…. Not gonna tell you!! Trust me you’ll want to watch this one yourself… (but let me say that since they just announced “Fritt Vilt 3”, you can be certain somebody makes it through alive.) If the level of thrills stay constant, this lil’ Catgirl’s gonna want to see that one too.
Neko gives this one a solid 3 “Meows” out of 5 for being a reasonably entertaining effort with a good nod to an old favorite, but again, I wish that the film had taken a few chances with the genre and moved someplace to call it’s own…. The next one is suppossed to be a prequel, so maybe we’ll see that then. If slasher films are your idea of an evenings fun, you can definitely do far worse than this. It does entertain…. and that’s what we want, right?
As for the disc…. now there was a disappointment. I saw this one on the UK Region 2 PAL release…. and was expecting at least as class an act as the Anchor Bay release for the first film. But no…. We get a letterboxed, uncut release…. but strangely enough, with burned in English subtitles…. Who in heck does that anymore? Given the ease with producing a disc with separate ones, it’s a let down for certain and a major annoyance considering those subs are pushed up into the image rather than being positioned down in the black bar of the botten edge. Also… unlike the US realease of the first film, there was no English audio dub either. Not a problem for me, but I had planned an evening with this film as a way of sharing “Movie Time”with Carolyn and she’s not all that comfortable with subtitles…. D’ohhh!!!
Trailer you ask? Hehehehe… there’s always a Trailer… somewhere’s out there and here it is…