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The Last Winter

a film by Larry Fessenden

With an eerie feel that may be the arctic circle setting or may be the claustrophobic interiors or may be Larry Fessenden's camera style, The Last Winter, the story of a team of oil assessors and eco-scientists "trapped" in the tundra that may or may not be haunted with some sort of angry ghost/monster/alien, may have a foothold in The Thing From Another Planet but is pure 2001: A Space Odyssey when looked at from a psychological point of view.

The American oil company KIC Corporation is building an ice road to explore the remote Northern Artic National Wildlife Refuge (and to plunder it forthwith) and those hired to do the job, as well as those hired to make sure it is done with the least amount of ecological destruction (or at least those hired to think that is what they are doing) are systematically killed off a la slasher film etiquette with an unseen "slasher" somewhere in the icy blue wind.

Psychologically draining, Fessenden's film (a follow-up to his similarly monsterous Wendigo) is a buzzing nest of unseen terror for its first 90 minutes or so, but is nearly derailed by the unveiling of the monster behind the proverbial curtain. It would have been a much better ending to never know who or what was doing the killing. This ending though is superseeded by a much better ending in the final shot of the film as the movie's lone survivor walks out of some sort of military-like hospital and into what may very well be a strange new world, telling us all that this was indeed the last winter of mankind. [10/15/07]

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