The Chill Factor (1993)

Have you ever wondered, “What would happen if The Exorcist and the Winter Olympics came together in a 1980’s VHS rental horror film?” Good news. Arrow Video has brought back this barely seen film, originally known as Demon Possessed, for your viewing pleasure.

This movie produced and directed by Christopher Webster (the producer of Hellraiser, HeathersMeet the ApplegatesThe InheritorMindwarp and more, but this is his only directorial credit) with a screenplay from Julian Weaver (The Inheritor and another recent Arrow Video release Trapped Alive). Here, they’ve created the only hybrid snowmobile racing/Evil Dead ripoff hybrid that I feel has ever — and probably will ever — be made.

For a group of young couples — no less than two people and the narrator explain to us that it’s a big deal that one of them is mixed race — a snowmobiling trip has turned tragic when one of them is launched into a tree during a race. Looking for shelter in the cold, they discover an abandoned summer camp filled with religious artifacts and an Ouija board. If you’re thinking, “This seems like a bad idea,” you’ve watched too many slasher films.

I’ve never seen a movie before where someone races a demon on a snowmobile. And if you’re a fan of movies where someone gets an icicle in their eye — shockingly, there is no IMDB list of this — you should probably check this out. Upon further research, the only other icicle to the eye movies I can come up with are Die Hard 2 and Jack Frost, although an icicle kills someone in the remake of Black Christmas.

This disk features a brand new 2K restoration from the original film elements, along with brand new audio commentary from special effects artist Hank Carlson and horror writer Josh Hadley. Arrow has also filmed new interviews with makeup artist Jeffery Lyle Segal, production manager Alexandra Reed and stunt coordinator Gary Paul. Like all of their releases, they always put plenty of effort in, no matter what film they release.

The Chill Factor is available from Arrow Video on July 16. You can grab it from MVD.

DISCLAIMER: This movie was sent to us by Arrow Video, but that has no bearing on our review.

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