"WIND CHILL" never received a real marketing campaign during a limited theatrical run, and that's a shame. In spite of a disappointing climax, there are many incredible scares throughout its brief running time, and it plays like an intelligent horror film, something extremely rare these past few decades. Emily Blunt is terrific in her role as a college student taking a last minute ride along back home for Christmas break with a fellow student she knows nothing about. The other student, played by Ashton Holmes, is adequate, but miscast.
"WIND CHILL" builds on a deliberate, menacing atmosphere, growing increasingly hostile as the wind chill creeps lower and lower, snow continues to fall and these two students find themselves stuck on a deserted, mountain road, haunted by ghostly victims of a brutal sheriff that used to patrol there.
While there are a few instances wherein one feels like slapping themselves silly from the stupid actions of central characters, most of the film is smart. It's worth watching, and certain to provide great chills.
SONY has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. A pan&scan version is also offered, but it's excessively grainy and lops off more than 1/3 of each scene.
The letterboxed option looks decent and far better than the assault many critics have been throwing at it. While grain pops up a lot, especially during darker scenes, there's greater detail than we'd expected throughout the majority of the film and colors are generally rich.
SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. It's a great mix, complimenting the eerie atmosphere, with continually effective creepy discrete and surround effects. The dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
An audio commentary, featurette and trailers are included.