As a good, old-fashioned Christmas horror film, in which the evil in human souls is unleashed on gleefully gleeful hedonists, nothing warms the shriveled hearts of anti-Christmas misanthropes. Despite its shortcomings, this creepy adventure film, set in Georgia, indulges the curmudgeonly instinct with a story about a privileged white North American couple, Mia (Ivanna Sakhno) and Max (Alex Hafner), who arrive at a mountain resort where they plan to spend Christmas snowboarding and making lame jokes about The Shining’s Overlook Hotel. A meta-masterpiece: why the Muppet Christmas Carol is the perfect Christmas movieRead moreDirector Stanislav Kapralov makes his directorial debut with a script he co-wrote with Omri Rose, offering the newly orphaned Mia, who is desperate to start a family, only a modicum of compassion.
On the other hand, Max is much less sympathetic, largely because, despite being over 13 years old, he insists on using the term “epic” as a superlative.
And secondly, because, despite all the warnings from the locals, he insists on snowboarding on the Black Mountain, which could be haunted by the ghost of a child killed years before by entitled snowboarders…. Frankly, as identifiable as a neon pink jacket on a ski slope is the road to the film’s final weak twist.
But Let It Snow is well directed, from the stunning locations to the effective use of sound to the sort of arresting imagery reminiscent of Midsommar’s haute body horror.
In this film, Sakhno does not quite match Florence Pugh’s performance – but she impresses with her willingness to go cold and traumatized, and she screams like a true professional with desperation. On January 4, Let It Snow will be released on digital formats