Snowed In: 10 Chilling Winter Set Horror Movies!

There’s something about horror movies set in winter that makes for an added layer of dread. The dreary, sunless skies could be a factor in setting a grim mood. But it probably has more to do with the fact that the harsh winter weather makes for an added serious threat. It’s one thing to fight off an unrelenting killer with a pickaxe in a summer camp, but it’s even trickier when the battle is smack in the middle of a blizzard. If the killer doesn’t finish you off, the freezing temperatures surely will. These 10 chilling winter set horror movies make things extra difficult for the protagonists and will make you want to burrow under a warm blanket.

The Shining

The Shining is a worthwhile watch any time of year, including the 4th of July. But the very setup, in which Jack Torrance and his family take up residence in the Overlook Hotel to watch over it during the harsh winter months, means that the snowy winter months are peak viewing conditions. The Torrance family is isolated inside, slowly terrorized by the hotel’s ghosts within, while the outside world is cut off from them due to major blizzards. The unrelenting snowfall factors into the third act in a major way, making you feel the cold from the comfort of your couch.


Six young actresses are spending their weekend at a remote mansion enduring what may be the most eccentric audition for a movie role. Naturally, it’s the perfect setting for a masked killer to start picking them off one by one, and it just so happens to be winter. There aren’t very many slashers set in icy weather, and Curtains takes full advantage of its winter setting. The most memorable kills involve the creepy masked killer using the weather against the victims, including the film’s best death sequence set on a frozen pond. Sickles and ice skating equal bad news.

Blood Glacier

Sometimes winter set horror is too bleak. Enter Blood Glacier, an Austrian horror comedy about the discovery of a strange liquid leaking from a melting glacier in the Alps, and its bizarre affect on local wildlife. As in, that red liquid is turning everything into deadly mutated creatures. This is pure camp that doesn’t take itself seriously, and delivers spit-taking lines like, “Stop eating that banana while you’re crying!” Memorable characters, monstrous creatures, and an icy mountain setting means Blood Glacier is a winter wonderland of silly horror meant to be consumed among friends.

Storm of the Century

The residents of Little Tall Island are trapped without outside access thanks to a dangerous blizzard that only continues to worsen. Trapped with them is an ominous stranger, who quickly makes a statement by murdering a long-time neighbor. Penned by Stephen King, Storm of the Century builds suspense as the stranger continues to dangle his motivations out of reach while exploiting the darkest secrets of the residents. The outside world may be dangerous thanks to harsh weather conditions, but sometimes inside is even more dangerous.

Ghost Story

Based on Peter Straub’s beloved novel, Ghost Story tells of two generations of men haunted by the same woman. The snowy New England winter setting is perfect for this tale of the supernatural; it chills inside and out. There’s an old tradition of telling ghost stories at Christmas time, and while this isn’t a Christmas movie, it is a great example of why the tradition exists in the first place. Alice Krige owns this movie, and legendary artist Dick Smith’s special makeup creations are worth the price of admission alone.



Often in winter set horror, the setting keeps the characters trapped in place with the killer or supernatural entity closing in around them. Adam Green refreshingly makes the weather the thing to fear in his survival thriller Frozen. A weekend getaway at a ski resort in New England becomes a harrowing fight for survival for three skiers when they’re trapped on a chairlift high off the ground. An incoming storm has the resort shut down, with no one aware that anyone was left behind. Worsening conditions means time is an urgent matter as the trio face frostbite, wolves, each other, and death. This one will make you rethink going outside during winter.



Before director André Øvredal unnerved with The Autopsy of Jane Doe, there was this fantastic twist to Norwegian folklore. A group of students venture into the frigid forests to investigate a series of unusual bear killings, but find something much more dangerous is responsible. The landscape plays a major factor into this stunning world, and Øvredal quickly establishes an eye for detail. The fascinating mythology and great special effects make this a fun watch, and gives a new spin on the found footage subgenre.

Cold Prey

Cold Prey

A group of five friends snowboarding in a secluded area of the mountains in Jotunheimen are forced to find shelter when one breaks their leg. They take refuge in a deserted lodge, completely abandoned save for the homicidal maniac dubbed the Mountain Man. Cold Prey is a fantastic modern slasher with a stunning snowy backdrop that does factor into the group’s fight for survival. Suspenseful, brutal, and with one of horror’s most underrated final girls in Jannicke. Cold Prey 2 is also great, and borrows heavy story cues from Halloween II. So, make it a double feature.

We Are Still Here

Similar to Ghost Story, this too is a ghost story set in 1979 New England winter, though this particular supernatural haunter is more closely aligned with the works of Lucio Fulci. Couple Anne (Barbara Crampton) and Paul Sacchetti (Andrew Sensenig) move into a new home in a rural area after the loss of their only son. Deep depression in a dreary winter would be enough for any couple to contend with, but their new home happens to be the cursed Dagmar house and its just awoken from a 30-year slumber. It’s hungry for blood. We Are Still Here takes a quiet haunted house story and revs it up to an explosive, gory finale.

The Thing

The Thing

Of course, no winter set horror list could exist without the pinnacle of movies set in sub-freezing temperature. John Carpenter’s The Thing is pure paranoid perfection. A shape-shifting alien flees from a Norwegian research station and finds solace in the American research station in Antarctica, before viciously consuming its victims and assuming their appearance in this glorious special effect driven spectacle. The sub-zero setting means there’s no place to flee, and the crew soon turn on one another as it becomes less clear who is still human. Even if they can defeat the monstrous entity, surviving the elements is far less certain.

Ten Horror Movie Characters We Love to Hate

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Most of the time, characters in movies, books and podcasts are memorable because of how relatable or likable they are or how much they impact the universe of which they are a part. But there’s always that one character. You know exactly what I’m talking about. That one character you would love to see get killed. It could be for a plethora of reasons: Perhaps they’re rude or annoying, or maybe they totally betrayed their friends at some point in the movie. Either way, you hate them and odds are tons of other people do too. Read on for 10 characters in horror movies we love to hate.

Trey Cooper: Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

Trey was a glorified background character and the first to get killed off in the 2003 slasher Freddy vs. Jason. By anybody’s standards, Trey was the perfect example of a douchey boyfriend and a character we love to hate. Throughout the few scenes he’s in, he is rude, cruel, and incredibly demanding. One scene shows him getting irritated at his girlfriend, Gib, for not wanting to have sex when he did. It’s reasons like this that made his particularly odd death much more enjoyable to watch. After Gib goes to take a shower, Trey rolls onto his stomach to grab a beer and is unaware of the hulking Jason’s presence in the bedroom. Jason stabs him a bunch of times in the back before finishing him off by pulling both ends of the bed inwards.


Paige Edwards: House of Wax (2005)

In theory, Paige could have been a good supporting character in the 2005 thriller House of Wax. But she wasn’t. She really wasn’t. She was played by Paris Hilton, whose reputation may have contributed to the negative reaction from viewers. The actress gave such a lackluster performance that people cheered when she was finally killed off. After putting up a decent fight, Paige ended up with the sharp end of a pole getting rammed through her forehead.

Also See: Five Great Easter Eggs Hidden in Horror Movies

Ronnie White: Halloween (2007)

In Rob Zombie’s 2007 reboot of Halloween, we get a closer, more twisted look into young Michael Myers’ home life. Along with his mother and two sisters Michael lived with his mother’s boyfriend, Ronnie. Ronnie was a rude, temperamental alcoholic. When he wasn’t insulting Michael or hitting on Judith Myers, he was being a genuine displeasure for everyone; these are just a few reasons we love to hate him. Ronnie was the second to die in the film at the hands of Michael Myers thanks to an effective throat slash.

Vukmir: A Serbian Film (2010)

When it comes to movie villains, A Serbian Film‘s Vukmir is as bad as it gets. You name it, this guy probably did it: snuff film director, Serbian mobster, pornographer, pedophile, necrophile. One would think that finally seeing him die would feel like a reward after watching all the awful things he did. But it wasn’t. You almost wanted him to suffer more. Either way he is killed off after a tussle with one of his victims, Milo. So take some pleasure in that if you can.

Jack Torrance: The Shining (1980)

One could probably make the argument that Jack isn’t really responsible for his behavior in The Shining. After all, he was being controlled by the unseen force that haunted the Overlook Hotel. Regardless of that, he did come across as an insufferable creep that we love to hate. And many viewers were happy when he got his comeuppance at the end of the film. After attempting to kill his family Jack was left to freeze to death in the giant maze outside the hotel.

Heather Donahue: The Blair Witch Project (1999) 

I was hesitant to put Heather on this list as The Blair Witch Project is one of my favorite movies. But there is no denying how irritating final girl Heather was. Anyone who loves to hate her has reason to do so. She was a bossy control freak who refused to admit when she was in the wrong. Her death was a simple off screen kill thanks to the Blair Witch but oh so satisfying and worth the wait.

Mrs. Carmody: The Mist (2007)

Mrs. Carmody is what one might call a religious nut. She was notorious around Bridgton, Maine for being mentally unstable and believing in a bloodthirsty God. She took her beliefs to a whole new level when she attempted to get her small group of followers to sacrifice people. Including a small child. Luckily things didn’t get that far. Thanks to a couple of bullets (one in the gut, the other in the head).

Jack Frost: Jack Frost (1997)

It’s bad enough Jack Frost was a serial killer. Then the ante really got raised during his transformation into a killer snowman with the help of a little toxic waste. Obviously this movie was meant to act as a parody, thus why Jack Frost is the kind of antagonist viewers love to hate. It’s hard to decide what to hate most about this character: his terrible design, the crappy one liners, or the less-than-creative kills. Luckily for us officer Sam put an end to everyone’s suffering when he killed Jack in a truck bed full of antifreeze. But don’t get too excited. Remember that there is a sequel.

Also See: Why Anyone With a Sense of Humor Should Appreciate Jack Frost 2

Margaret White: Carrie (1976 and 2013)

Carrie White had a difficult enough time fitting in at school. It certainly didn’t help that she had an overbearing mother to deal with at home. Margaret White was a mentally ill, God fearing and abusive matriarch. She believed that just about everything was sinful–especially sex. While she did actually love her daughter she was also extremely co-dependent and that resulted in her becoming a secondary antagonist. To nobody’s surprise, Margaret was killed by Carrie’s power of telekinesis.

Franklin Hardesty: Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Franklin was, without a doubt, one of the whiniest characters in cinematic history. In every scene he appears in, he is complaining about something, irritating his friends with his childish antics, or yelling for his sister, Sally. Although he does deserve some props for being the first and only victim in Texas Chain Saw Massacre to be killed with Leatherface’s chainsaw, viewers have every reason to love to hate him.

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The Horror Movies *Leaving* Netflix in January 2019 Include ‘It Follows’ and ‘The Shining’

This morning we showed you the list of horror movies that’ll be arriving on Netflix in January, but now comes the bad news. Some quality horror gems are also *leaving* next month.

Here’s everything you should make it a point to watch while you can…

Leaving January 1st:

  • Blade
  • Blade II
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  • Interview with the Vampire
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Sharknado
  • Sharknado 2
  • Sharknado 3
  • Sharknado 4
  • Sharknado 5
  • The Queen of the Damned
  • The Reaping
  • The Shining

Leaving January 13th:

  • It Follows

Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ Added to the National Film Registry

Say what you will about Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, and many people including Stephen King who authored the book on which its based have had plenty to say, but it has undoubtedly left its mark on popular culture. The film about a family caught in the clutches of a wickedly haunted hotel in the dead of […]

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‘The Shining’ and ‘Jurassic Park’ Have Just Been Added to the National Film Registry

A handful of horror films have made their way into the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry over the years, including Dracula, Bride of Frankenstein, Alien, Psycho, Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, and this year’s list includes two more: The Shining and Jurassic Park!

The full list of new additions deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” includes:

  • 1. “Bad Day at Black Rock” (1955)
  • 2. “Broadcast News” (1987)
  • 3. “Brokeback Mountain” (2005)
  • 4. “Cinderella” (1950)
  • 5. “Days of Wine and Roses” (1962)
  • 6. “Dixon-Wanamaker Expedition to Crow Agency” (1908)
  • 7. “Eve’s Bayou” (1997)
  • 8. “The Girl Without a Sou” (1917)
  • 9. “Hair Piece: A Film for Nappy-Headed Peopl”e (1984)
  • 10. “Hearts and Minds” (1974)
  • 11. “Hud (1963)
  • 12. “The Informer” (1935)
  • 13. “Jurassic Park” (1993)
  • 14. “The Lady From Shanghai” (1947)
  • 15. “Leave Her to Heaven” (1945)
  • 16. “Monterey Pop” (1968)
  • 17. “My Fair Lady” (1964)
  • 18. “The Navigator” (1924)
  • 19. “On the Town” (1949)
  • 20. “One-Eyed Jacks” (1961)
  • 21. “Pickup on South Street” (1953)
  • 22. “Rebecca” (1940)
  • 23. “The Shining” (1980)
  • 24. “Smoke Signals” (1998)
  • 25. “Something Good – Negro Kiss” (1898)

The National Film Registry turns 30 this year and for those three decades, we have been recognizing, celebrating, and preserving this distinctive medium,” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said in a statement this week. “These cinematic treasures must be protected because they document our history, culture, hopes, and dreams.”

THE SHINING and JURASSIC PARK, Among Others, Join the National Film Registry

Year after year, we in the horror community continue to see our genre get the respect that it so rightfully deserves. Our films get nominated for, and sometimes win, awards. We remain some of the most profitable movies when looking at budget vs. box office. And over the past few years (and hopefully this is a trend that continues for a long, long time), we see some of Hollywood’s most respected and venerated stars choose to be a part of horror titles (Helen Mirren in Winchester, for example). We’ve been battered, we’ve been maligned, and we’ve been cast aside. But, much like zombies, we just keep coming back.

Some wonderful support for us comes this year as the United States National Film Registry from the Library of Congress has released this year’s entrants and both Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park have been added. An interesting aspect to these films is that they also fall under “derivative works still under copyright protection”, something the Library of Congress’ Alison Hall explains in her blog post about this year’s selections.

While Stephen King is notoriously known to abhor Kubrick’s adaptation of his novel, I think it’s fair to say that it still remains one of the most recognizable and popular horror films of all time. That it’s getting the attention and prestige it so rightfully deserves is a good thing, no matter which way you slice it. As for Jurassic Park, a movie about cloned dinosaurs ripping off Samuel L. Jackson’s arm has been deemed of having “…cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage.”

Hell. Yes.

Here’s the full list of the 25 films that were added to this year’s National Film Registry:
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
Broadcast News (1987)
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Cinderella (1950)
Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
Dixon-Wanamaker Expedition to Crow Agency (1908)
Eve’s Bayou (1997)
The Girl Without a Soul (1917)
Hair Piece: A Film for Nappy-Headed People (1984)
Hearts and Minds (1974)
Hud (1963)
The Informer (1935)
Jurassic Park (1993)
The Lady From Shanghai (1947)
Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
Monterey Pop (1968)
My Fair Lady (1964)
The Navigator (1924)
On the Town (1949)
One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
Pickup on South Street (1953)
Rebecca (1940)
The Shining (1980)
Smoke Signals (1998)
Something Good – Negro Kiss (1898)

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“Haunting of Hill House” Composers the Newton Brothers Will Score Mike Flanagan’s ‘Doctor Sleep’

Filming has wrapped on Mike Flanagan‘s Doctor Sleep, an adaptation of Stephen King’s same-named sequel to The Shining, and THR reports today that the Newton Brothers will re-team with Flanagan to compose the film’s score. The duo, whose real names are Andy Grush and Taylor Stewart, scored Gerald’s Game and “The Haunting of Hill House.”

The Shining is such an impressive piece of work in all forms, and Doctor Sleep picks up from that in such a brilliant way. Stephen King is incomparable,” the Newton Brothers said in a statement. “Working with Mike is an incredible honor every time. The material he works with, the stories he tells and adapts, the talent, the crew, the producers … everyone involved brings their A-game every time and it inspires us to create the absolute best score for the film that we possibly can. It’s humbling to be on this team.”

Carl Lumbly was recently tapped to play Dick Hallorann with Alex Essoe playing Wendy Torrance in the continuation of the storyline from The ShiningKyliegh Curran has been cast in the role of Abra Stone, a girl who has the gift of ‘The Shining’. Bruce Greenwood plays the role of Dr. John. Alyn Lind is Snakebite Andi, with Jocelin Donahue also starring.

Jacob Tremblay, Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson also star. McGregor stars as the adult version of Danny Torrance, while Ferguson plays Rose the Hat.

Flanagan rewrote Akiva Goldsman’s adaptation of Stephen King’s 2013 novel that picks up the life of the Redrum kid when he is in his 40s and struggling with the same demons of anger and alcoholism that plagued his father.

Doctor Sleep hits theaters on Jan. 24, 2020.

Production Wraps on Mike Flanagan’s ‘Doctor Sleep’

Doctor Sleep– the highly anticipated follow-up to The Shining by director Mike Flanagan- is one step closer to hitting theaters! The prolific filmmaker announced on his Facebook page that production on the film has officially wrapped. He also reflected on the awesome experience he had making the movie:

So that’s a wrap on DOCTOR SLEEP! It’s been a long, crazy, truly unique experience. I read the novel as soon as it came…

Posted by Mike Flanagan on Saturday, December 1, 2018

It’s been a busy year for Flanagan, who recently wowed Netflix viewers with his excellent The Haunting of Hill House series this October. With more than a year until the film’s planned theatrical release date, Flanagan will now focus on his post production duties for the movie. The film is based on Stephen King’s 2013 novel of the same name, and it features the return of Danny Torrance… now all grown up after his traumatic experience at The Overlook Hotel all of those years ago.

Doctor Sleep will hit theaters on January 24th, 2020. The film will star Rebecca Ferguson, Jacob Tremblay, and Ewan McGregor. Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more details on this exciting project as they break!


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Gift Guide: Key Tag from The Overlook Hotel

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Gift Guide is a recurring segment on Wicked Horror where we showcase macabre inspired gift ideas for you or the horror fan in your life. Have an idea for something we should feature on Gift Guide? Let us know in the comments below. On this installment, we are spotlighting an item that is sure to appeal to fans of Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining.

These key tags from The Overlook Hotel are available from Etsy seller ThisIsTwelve for just $5.00. Key tags are available for a variety of other horror films, as well, with a key tag for The Bates Motel from Psycho being the most noteworthy of the other offerings.

Surprise the horror fan in your life (or yourself) with a key tag from one of their favorite horror films and you’re sure to make their holiday season merry and bright. And stay tuned to the site in the coming weeks for more gift suggestions targeted to the horror fan on your shopping list.

The Shining Key Tag

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Jacob Tremblay Joins Cast of Doctor Sleep

Being one of Hollywood’s fastest up-and-coming young stars, Jacob Tremblay has been announced by TMZ to have joined the growing cast of Doctor Sleep, Warner Bros. Pictures’ adaptation of the Stephen King sequel to The Shining.

At this time, details about Tremblay’s role are unknown but his joining the cast reunites the 12-year-old actor with director Mike Flanagan, whose film Before I Wake served as his feature debut when it was shot in 2013, although it never had an official release in the U.S..

Known best for his breakout role as Jack Newsome in the award-winning 2015 drama film adaptation Room, Tremblay starred alongside Academy Award winner Brie Larson (Captain Marvel). He also appeared in the 2017 comedy-drama film Wonder as August Pullman, a child with Treacher Collins syndrome. He recently starred in The Predator opposite Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Keegan-Michael Key and Sterling K. Brown (This is Us).

Set to be directed as well as written by Flanagan, Doctor Sleep marks his second King adaptation after the acclaimed Gerald’s Game. Trevor Macy, a partner of Flanagan’s, is set to produce along with Jon Berg for Vertigo Entertainment.

Starring Ewan McGregor (Christopher Robin) as adult Danny Torrance, the sequel also features Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible – Fallout) as Rose the Hat, Zahn McClarnon (Westworld) as Crow Daddy, Carl Lumbly (Supergirl) as Dick Hallorann, Kyliegh Curran (I Can I Will I Did) as Abra Stone, Bruce Greenwood (Gerald’s Game) as Dr. John Dalton, Alex Essoe (Midnighters) as Wendy Torrance, Emily Alyn Lind as Snakebite Andi and Jocelin Donahue (Insidious: Chapter 2).

Published 36 years after The Shining, Doctor Sleep follows an adult Danny Torrance (McGregor) from the original story. Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel, where he spent one traumatic childhood year, Danny has been drifting from place to place to live for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism and violence. He settles in a New Hampshire town where he finds an AA community that sustains him and a job at a nursing home where his remnant shining power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prophetic feline, he becomes known as “Doctor Sleep” by the patients. There Danny meets Abra Stone (Curran) and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining to ever be seen, that flares up Danny’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival.

Doctor Sleep will awaken on January 24, 2020.

Check back soon for more!

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