A Cold Night's Death (1973 film)
A Cold Night's Death (1973), AKA Chill Factor and Terror in the Mountains
Two scientists suspect that there is someone other than their research primates inhabiting their polar station.
- Release Date: 1973
- Country/Language: US, English
- Genres/Technical: Suspense, Horror, made-for-TV
- Setting: 1970s Tower Mountain Research Station, Washington USA
- Runtime: 1 hr 14 min
- Starring: Robert Culp, Eli Wallach, Michael C. Gwynne
- Director: Jerrold Freedman
- Writer: Christopher Knopf
- Producer/Production Co: 20th Century Fox Television,ABC Circle Films,Spelling-Goldberg Productions
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- Rated: not rated (Equivalent to a G or PG)
As a 1970s era made-for-TV film, there's really not much here that would get rated higher than a PG and it probably would have rated a G a couple decades ago. Still, it's an atmospheric and creepy little movie, and it's possible it might unsettle very young and impressionable viewers.
A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:
- S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)
There's not much here of Lovecraft's sense of breathless weirdness, but the paranoia descending on a small team in an icy mountain-top research station is reminiscent of "The Thing" (and, by extension, "At the Mountains of Madness (fiction)"), while the antagonists revealed in the twist ending won't be too far out of line with Lovecraftian science.
Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.
- Review by R. B. Armstrong at the Classic Film and TV Cafe
- Review by Brian Brankston at Cool Ass Cinema
- Mike Cole at Rivets on the Poster ("...I have no idea how Aaron Spelling, the master of inexplicably popular trash, managed to make such an eerie, little SF horror film. That may be more than anyone can explain.")
- Review by Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Review (3/5 Stars) (Contains spoilers)
- Review by Lance Vaughan at Kindertrauma
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Two scientists suspect that there is someone other than their research primates inhabiting their polar station after taking over for a predecessor who seems to have frozen to death after heart failure. Their paranoia leads them to turn on each other, leading up to one's death, before the antagonists reveal themselves as the hyper-intelligent primates.
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