Winter is typically the dumping ground for movies the studios don't think will win any awards or become a blockbuster hit -- namely, horror movies. But if you're going to watch a movie during the winter, why not heighten the realism by having the story set in the snow? Here are some horror movies that do just that; they'll chill you inside and out (slogan copyright pending).
The snowy setting of Barrow, Alaska serves as the ideal locale for a vampire invasion, given the town plunges into 30 days of sun-less darkness every winter. If you're ever stuck there, pray for daylight...or Josh Hartnett.
In this gritty, scary Norwegian film, a group of 20-somethings on a snowboarding trip are forced to take shelter in an abandoned ski lodge that turns out to be home to a homicidal maniac. Said maniac proceeds to bump the snowboarders off, one by one. A traditional slasher set-up enlivened by the snowy setting.
In this twisty thriller, Mary Steenburgen stars as a struggling actress who ventures to a remote cabin (never a good idea) in the snowy woods for what she thinks is a choice role. However, she ends up the captive of a maniacal doctor and his sidekick (Roddy McDowall), who force her to play a role in their murderous scheme.
Five killer kids (including Leif Garrett!) escape from the care of a psychiatric facility when their van crashes on a snowy road. They make their way to a cabin in the woods, where they play sadistic, deadly games with the occupants (including Boss Hogg!). Bonus: they turn one of the victims into a human snowman.
Sylvester Stallone is a burned-out cop (Is there any other kind in movies?) who's trying to drown his sorrows in alcohol after the death of his wife at the hand of a serial killer. He's sent to a rehab facility in the middle of nowhere when a blizzard strikes, trapping the patients inside with -- you guessed it -- the same serial killer.
In this cheap monster movie, a series of earthquakes around an Antarctic oil station prompt the oil company to send in...a bunch of grad students? I guess 50-year-old seismologists wouldn't have been sexy. To their dismay, the quakes have unearthed (uniced?) a bug-like creature with a taste for grad students.