The Last Winter
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As preparation gets under way for the construction of an environmentally devastating oil well in a remote Alaskan base just outside the Arctic Circle, a series of unexplainable occurrences leads a team of adventurers to believe that something supernatural may be afoot in director Larry Fessenden's chilly snowbound thriller. Pollack (Ron Perlman) is the ultra-macho leader of a team of adventurers that includes his former lover Abby (Connie Britton), pot-smoking mechanic Motor (Kevin Corrigan), and inexperienced newcomer-cum-fortunate son Maxwell (Zach Gilford). When research scientists… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

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"Fessenden, who directed, produced, cowrote, edited and even has a part in the film rightly values mood at least as much as he does delivering more abominable snow monsters."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"The film isn't very interesting because it isn't well made."
‑ David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
"It's a pro-environmental apocalyptic shocker that works as a thinking man's ghost story pic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Last Winter does make good on its intriguing premise. And after a dandy beginning and a so-so middle, it delivers a knockout ending."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"This message hangs over the entire film... but Fessenden still manages to craft an intense and effective thriller."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The problem is that the ghostly culprit, some sort of nature spirit, isn't nearly as terrifying as the arguments that Pollack makes, or the fact that the ice in such places really is weakening."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"It works eerily well."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"An eco-supernatural dreamscape companion piece to Al Gore's cautionary doc, An Incovenient Truth, and a thinking man's figurative and literal sub-Arctic chiller with a turbulent character-driven indie soul."
‑ Prairie Miller, Baret News
"The Last Winter's heart is in the right place, but it isn't pumping any blood."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"Come for the eerie unworldly menace, but stay for the well-balanced currents of terror that manages to sustain itself throughout the film."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"Die-hard greenies may find this as unsettling as it's meant to be. For everyone else, it's closer to an atmospheric act of recycling."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"It's the imaginative background, and Fessenden's talent at insinuating it into the action, that counts -- and unnerves -- in this most chilling of global-warming movies."
‑ Nathan Lee, Village Voice
"As such terror is harder and harder to articulate, the film is most effective when it abandons dialogue and leaves the camera to do its very spooky work."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"Sure, global warming is scary, but chances are even Al Gore would be baffled by Larry Fessenden's moody, Arctic-set 'eco-thriller.'"
‑ Betsy Bozdech,
"A well done low budget indie production that lets the viewers' imagination picture how bad it gets when mother earth is finally pushed past the breaking point"
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
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