Whilst trudging through a blizzard to get to the Post Office, I had time to think of 5 films featuring snow (avoiding Christmas films), so here they are:
#5: The Shining – Whilst snow isn’t the real star of the show it adds to the claustrophobic atmosphere of being stuck in the hotel. Plus the excellent climactic scenes rely heavily on the white stuff.
#4: Jeremiah Johnson – Robert Redford may get top billing, but the real star is the Utah scenery so expertly presented. So much so that Redford went on to buy up much of the land and now Sundance resides there.
#3: Misery – Another Stephen King adaption and the snow is used to a similar effect in terms of claustrophobia. But it’s the snow that lands Paul Sheldon in Annie Wilkes’ lap in the first place.
#2: Let The Right One In – The atmospheric bitter winter of Stockholm add to the isolation of the two main characters for whom love blossoms in extraordinary circumstances.
#1: The Thing – John Carpenter’s remake of The Thing From Another World may have visual effects that look a bit dodgy now, but looking past that this is one of the classic sci-fi / horror films of all time. “Man is the warmest place to hide”
Honourable mentions: Alive, Rocky IV, The Empire Strikes Back, The Eiger Sanction, OHMSS