Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Cold Night's Death (1973)

4.5 / 5 Jan '11
Tagline: Michael C. Gwynne
Directed by: Jerrold Freedman
Written by: Christopher Knopf
Actors include: Robert Culp, Eli Wallach
Genre: Sci-Fi, Horror, Drama
Length: 74 minutes
Banned: Nope

Such a clever little well paced sci-fi thriller involving a scientist who studied monkeys in a remote snowy location. He stopped responding to calls so two more scientists (Robert Culp and Eli Wallach) have come in to take over the research and find out what happened to him. They find him frozen solid with a look of horror on his face and the window open, the monkeys are cold and starving and unhappy. As they settle into their posts some freaky things start happening and soon they can't help but wonder if they will suffer the same fate. It's really well made, it's very engaging and it's really short, sure it isn't graphic and gross or anything like that but a good story goes a long way and it makes a good point while it's at it too. It's also rather well filmed, well acted and darn it one of the best made-for-tv movies I've come across, it's just a shame a proper nice release has never happened for this film, it deserves it. Try to seek this one out, it's well worth your time.

Availability:  Currently unavailable though people appear to be selling bootleg DVDs

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