The Cold (1993 short)

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Promotional poster for Necronomicon: Book of the Dead (1993 film)

"The Cold" is a segment from the anthology film: Necronomicon: Book of the Dead (1993 film)

Summary

In a loose adaptation of "Cold Air (fiction)", reporter Dale Porkel is suspicious of a string of strange murders in Boston over the past several decades. Confronting a woman at a local apartment building, he is invited in only to find the entire place is very cold. The woman he has confronted claims to suffer a rare skin condition which has left her sensitive to heat and light. Demanding the truth or his story runs as-is, Dale is told the story of Emily Osterman's arrival to Boston twenty years before, and her strange and doomed romance with a scientist obsessed with the cold.


Details

  • Release Date: 1993
  • Country/Language: USA, English
  • Genres/Technical: Anthology, Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy
  • Starring: Jeffrey Combs et.al.
  • Director: Shusuke Kaneko ("The Cold")
  • Writer: H.P. Lovecraft (original short stories), Kazunori Itō ("The Cold")
  • Producer/Production Co: Takashige Ichise, Brian Yuzna
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • IMDB: (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Adult Content, Sex and Nudity, Violence)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SSs__ (Two and a Half Tentacles: Lovecraftian)

The anthology's component stories vary in how faithfully they are adapted from Lovecraft's work from recognizable adaptations, to misguided pastiches. In this case, it's a very loose adaptation of one of Lovecraft's less "Lovecraftian" stories, with a whole bunch of extra (and even less Lovecraftian) stuff tossed in.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Y.Whateley: "The Cold" is a bit of a mess: it takes "Cold Air (fiction)" as a starting point, adds a romantic subplot, a serial-killer subplot, a newspaper investigation, and ends up with a whole that feels like a bit less than the sum of its parts. (The Night Gallery treatment of the same story, which also adds a romantic subplot, is superior in almost every way....)


Synopsis

THE COLD: Reporter Dale Porkel is suspicious of a string of strange murders in Boston over the past several decades. Confronting a woman at a local apartment building, he is invited in only to find the entire place is very cold. The woman he has confronted claims to suffer a rare skin condition which has left her sensitive to heat and light. Demanding the truth or his story runs as-is, Dale is told the story of Emily Osterman's arrival to Boston twenty years before, and her strange and doomed romance with a scientist obsessed with the cold.


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