A Cold Night's Death (1973 film)

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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.


Front cover of the novelization of A Cold Night's Death (1973 film)...
  • 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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  • IMDB Page: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • 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.

Tentacle Ratings

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.


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Synopsis (SPOILERS)

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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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