Time to chill out with the coldest movies ever released.
Some people love the summer, looking for to beach trips and BBQs. But those like us who long for colder days and huddle in front of the A/C drinking ice cold beverages, summer is a bummer.
As a tribute to those who can’t handle the heat, DMG Entertainment has compiled a list of Hollywood’s coldest movies. Take refuge from sunburns, grab the remote and check out these frosty-cold films.
THE GREY (2011)
Director: Joe Carnahan Starring: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo
Summary: Deep in Alaska, skill huntsman John Ottway (Liam Neeson) and a team of oil workers board a flight home. However, their airplane crashes in the cold Alaskan woodland. Now it is up to John to lead the survivors to safety as they battle through the freezing wilderness and evade a vicious wolf pack.
Best Quote: “Once more into the fray. Into the last good fight I’ll ever know. Live and die on this day. Live and die on this day.”
Fun Fact: The film was shot in British Columbia, where the temperatures dropped as low as -40°C.
THE SHINING (1980)
Director: Stanley Kubrick Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd
Summary: Struggling writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) takes his family to an isolated hotel after accepting a hotel’s winter caretaker position. As the family lives a life of seclusion, Jack encounters a supernatural presence which slowly drives him insane.
Best Quote: “Have you ever had a single moment’s thought about my responsibilities? Have you ever thought, for a single solitary moment about my responsibilities to my employers? Has it ever occurred to you that I have agreed to look after the Overlook Hotel until May the first. Does it matter to you at all that the owners have placed their complete confidence and “trust” in me, and that I have signed a letter of agreement, a ‘contract,’ in which I have accepted that responsibility? Do you have the slightest idea what a ‘moral and ethical principal’ is? Do you? Has it ever occurred to you what would happen to my future, if I were to fail to live up to my responsibilities? Has it ever occurred to you? Has it?”
Fun Fact: The hotel’s snow filled maze consisted of 900 tons of salt and crushed Styrofoam.
THE THING (1982)
Director: John Carpenter Starring: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David
Summary: In an Antarctica research base, an American scientific team finds themselves battling a shapeshifting alien, known as The Thing, on the loose. The team must confront fear and paranoia as they question who is human, who is alien, and who can survive.
Best Quote: “I know I’m human. And if you were all these things, then you’d just attack me right now, so some of you are still human. This thing doesn’t want to show itself, it wants to hide inside an imitation. It’ll fight if it has to, but it’s vulnerable out in the open. If it takes us over, then it has no more enemies, nobody left to kill it. And then it’s won.”
Fun Fact: THE THING (1982) became a part Antarctica culture. Locals watch THE THING (1982) as part of their Midwinter feast and celebration held every June 21.
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen Starring: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi
Summary: In Minneapolis, car salesman Jerry Lundegard (William H. Macy) finds himself in financial debt. In an attempt to embezzle money, Jerry hires two inept criminals to capture his own wife and hold her for ransom. However, the kidnapping goes terribly wrong, setting into motion a series of murders throughout the state. Meanwhile, pregnant Minnesota police chief Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) investigates the murders and gradually solves the complex scheme.
Best Quote: “So, that was Mrs. Lundegaard on the floor in there. And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper. And those three people in Brainerd. And for what? For a little bit of money? There’s more to life than a little money, you know. Don’tcha know that? And here ya are, and it’s a beautiful day. Well. I just don’t understand it.”
Fun Fact: The region was experiencing the second warmest winter in 100 years, so the film crew had move all over Minnestora, North Dakota, and Canada in search for colder areas.
THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW (2004)
Director: Roland Emmerich Starring: Denis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum, Dash Mihok
Summary: Climatologist Jack Hall (Denis Quaid) makes a cross-country trek to reach his son before an international superstorm sends the world into a new Ice Age. Best Quote: “Mankind survived the last ice age. We’re certainly capable of surviving this one. All depends on whether or not we’re able to learn from our mistakes?” Fun Fact: When the New Yorkers walk on frozen ice, the police officer’s vest is half-covered, so it reads “ice.”
Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff
Summary: After newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally sets off an endless winter in her kingdom, Anna, Elsa’s sister, teams up with a mountaineer, a playful reindeer, and a magical snowman to save the realm.
Best Quote: “Snow, it had to be snow. She couldn’t have had tropical magic that covered the fjords in white sand and warm.”
Fun Fact: Walt Disney Studios needed over 50 animators to create Elsa’s ice castle.
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1982)
Director: Irvin Kershner Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
Summary: In the second installment and the fifth chapter of the Star Wars saga, the Empire captured the Rebel’s newly established base on ice planet Hoth. Han (Harrison Ford). To escape the Empire’s grasp, Leia (Carrie Fisher), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) quickly flee across the galaxy. Meanwhile, Luke travels to planet Dagobah to meet Jedi master Yoda and receive advanced Jedi training.
Best Quote: “This may smell bad, kid, but it’ll keep you warm until I get the shelter up… Ugh. And I thought they smelled bad on the outside.”
Fun Fact: While filming in Norway, a fierce blizzard hit the cast and crew’s hotel. Instead of stopping the shoot, Kershner realized the weather conditions were ideal several scenes. Kershner sent Mark Hamill outside of the hotel while the cameraman stayed inside and filmed from the hotel’s front hall.
ICE AGE (2002)
Director: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha Starring: Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Ray Romano
Summary: Set during the Ice Age, a sabretooth tiger, a sloth, and a wooly mammoth discover a lost human infant. The prehistoric trio embarks on a long icy journey to return the young child to his human tribe.
Best Quote: “You’re an embarrassment to nature. Ya know that?”
Fun Fact: Many of the animals appearing in the sequels to the film were originally designed for the first Ice Age but were cut.
30 DAYS OF NIGHT (2007)
Director: David Slade Starring: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston
Summary: In Barrow, Alaska, the locals prepare for prepare for the annual “30 days of night”, a period during the winter when the town plunges into darkness for a month. When the last ray of light fades, the town is suddenly attacked by a mob of vicious vampires. Now it is up to Sheriff Eben Oleson (Josh Hartnett) and Stella Oleson (Melissa George) to stop the vampire rampage before they consume the entire Barrow population.
Best Quote: “When man meets a force he can’t destroy, he destroys himself. What a plague you are.”
Fun Fact: The vampires speak an original language. A New Zealand University linguistics professor helped the film crew create the language.
A SIMPLE PLAN (1998)
Director: Sam Raimi Starring: Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda
Summary: When three blue-collar acquaintances find a deserted plane with 4.4 million dollars in cash, the three devise a plan to keep the money from local authorities. However, their simple plan becomes increasingly complex as the three men begin to doubt each other’s trust.
Best Quote: “God, Hank, you know, I’ve never, I’ve never even kissed a girl before. And you know what? If being rich will change that, I’m all for it. I don’t care. I just wanna feel it, you know? I just wanna know what people do, you know? I don’t care if it’s ’cause of the money.”
Fun Fact: Sam Raimi learned heavy snow filming techniques from the Coen Brothers.
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