It’s definitely getting colder. And colder. As we slide into the coldest months of the year and have to start huddling around the fireplace, or radiator, or hot coffee cup just to keep from shivering day in and day out, it can seem like there’s no hope of summer ever coming back around again. And, after the insane cold of the polar vortex last year, expectations for this winter are probably not too good.
But when it comes to the bitter cold, the characters in these seven films have something to say about the miserable cold weather we’ll be experiencing until spring. Come check out seven extremely cold films that make the coming winter, and even last years polar vortex, look easy by comparison.
1. The Grey (2011)
Released in 2011, Joe Carnahan’s adventure-drama, The Grey, quietly did solid business at the box office while being generally well-received by critics. The Grey stars Liam Neeson and follows a group of oil-workers who are stranded in the Alaskan wilderness after a place crash and are forced to survive the mercilessly cold weather while a pack of gray wolves hunts them.
Roger Ebert famously wrote in his three and half star review that the experience was so visceral that he found himself unable to sit through the next film he had planned to watch. “It was the first time I’ve ever walked out of a film because of the previous film. The way I was feeling in my gut, it just wouldn’t have been fair to the next film,” Ebert wrote.