Dead of Winter

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  • R
  • 1987
  • 1 hr 40 min
  • 6.2  (4,537)
  • 55

Dead of Winter is a psychological thriller from 1987 directed by Arthur Penn and starring Mary Steenburgen, Roddy McDowall, and Jan Rubes. The film revolves around an actress named Katie McGovern who is invited to a secluded mansion in upstate New York to audition for a role in a new film. Upon arriving at the mansion, Katie meets the eccentric director, Mr. Murray, who seems obsessed with finding the perfect actress for his film.

As the audition progresses, Katie begins to sense that something is not quite right. The mansion is isolated, there are few staff around, and she is not allowed to leave. Mr. Murray becomes increasingly erratic and it becomes apparent to Katie that she is in great danger.

The film is well-paced and keeps the audience intrigued by weaving a complex web of lies and deceit. There are several flashbacks that reveal the various pieces of the puzzle, often leading to unexpected twists and turns. Mary Steenburgen delivers an excellent performance as Katie, bringing both vulnerability and strength to her character.

The cinematography in the film is also noteworthy. The mansion is shot in a way that creates a sense of foreboding and unease. The snowy landscape outside the mansion is beautiful but also adds to the feeling of isolation and danger. The film also uses a lot of shadows and darkness to create a creepy atmosphere.

One of the standout elements of the film is the performances of Roddy McDowall and Jan Rubes. Roddy McDowall plays a number of different characters throughout the film, some of which are quite disturbing. He does an excellent job of portraying the different personalities and keeping the audience guessing about his motives. Jan Rubes, who plays Mr. Murray's assistant, is also excellent. He is likable and charming but has a dark side that is slowly revealed over the course of the film.

Overall, Dead of Winter is a well-crafted film that keeps the audience guessing until the very end. The psychological thriller elements are well done and the performances of the actors are strong. The film is definitely worth a watch if you are a fan of the genre.

Dead of Winter is a 1987 thriller with a runtime of 1 hour and 40 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.2 and a MetaScore of 55.

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    6.2  (4,537)
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