The movie itself is finally just an exercise in silliness - great effort to little avail - but the actors have fun with it, the sets work and there are one or two moments with perfect surprises. Katie is selected to replace the previous lead in the film who looks remarkably like her. What counts is the architecture of the house, the exact locations of the one-way mirrors and the hidden staircases, the existence of a working telephone in the attic, the alarming moments when the heroine discovers that all is not as it seems. Furthermore, when the police officers arrive at the mansion, there are actions that she could have taken to get out of her quandary as well as things that she could have observed or predicted. Murray, the man holding the audition, picks Katie up and takes her to a remote mansion where they shoot the video. Stephen Larson on May 14, 2017 where this Blu-ray release scored 3. We get a 36 minute interview with Mary Steenburgen covering her early career as well as well as the shooting of the film.
The special features are also improved as well. She is whisked away for a screen test to a house in Upstate New York by the man conducting the audition McDowall to meet the producer, a crippled psychiatrist Rubes. Maybe they come with the territory. The daytime interiors inside Katie's apartment appear a little bright with sunlight seeping through the silhouette blinds. He was actually the third and final director on this film. Struggling actress Katie McGovern Mary Steenburgen is approached by the mysterious Mr.
Just be aware that this film is a slow build rather than a frenetic suspense thriller this is fairly typical of a gothic thriller or horror film. She attends an audition that she found in the paper and is selected to shoot a short video which will be sent to the director for his approval. The script was written by Wesleyan College classmates Marc Shmuger and Mark Malone, who planned to make the film independently. At the audition, Katie meets the casting agent who thinks she looks right for the part and the two have dinner together. Actress Katie McGovern Mary Steenburgen finds the perfect job--to replace an actress that she resembles in a production being shot in Canada.
For example, when she discovers the Polaroids of Julie Rose inside Lewis's desk, she should have been initially skeptical of the psychiatrist's explanation of Julie's fate. The plot is simply a device to get us from one heart-stopping moment to the next. The script could have used a bit more character development for the characters played by William Russ and even Jan Rubes but this thriller still delivers a nice series of jolts. It begins with an unseen woman dressed in a grey trench coat and fedora who makes a stopover at a railway station to retrieve a suitcase containing a large sum of money from one of the lockers. Murray as a milquetoast butler but he grows more baleful as Lewis sets his plans for Katie in motion.
On the way there, a fierce winter snowstorm begins and before long Katie realizes that there is more going on than meets the eye. Joseph Lewis Jan Rubes , a psychiatrist with an antique piano that automatically plays when his pacemaker beats at a high rate. Katie soon realizes she is in danger and attempts escape. Factory has set aside twelve scene selections for the main feature. Soon, however, things begin to look as if they are not what they seem.
This is basically three minutes of lobby cards from the film's ad campaign. Katie soon realizes she is in danger and attempts escape. Katie soon realizes she is in danger and attempts escape. See s 7, 15, 16, and 19. And b why couldn't Steenburgen look at the shoulder patches of the visiting cops to discover the name of the nearby town? Katie is selected to replace the previous lead in the film who looks remarkably like her. Murray Roddy McDowall working for producer Dr. Lewis is not really a producer and Mr.
Maybe the holes are not so important. She also makes a call at a payphone and upon returning to her car, there is a man waiting for her in the backseat. The howling wind and snowstorm sounds receive some coverage on the surrounds. A few twists and turns later, Katie tries to turn the tables on her kidnappers. But maybe that's exactly the point.
The music score by Richard Einhorn adds to the suspense of the film. Penn reluctantly took the reins as he had brought the project to the studio. When Dead of Winter was released in 1987, it was met with mixed and predominantly unfavorable reviews but it has aged well aside from the dated hairstyles and wardrobes and deserves reappraisal as a better film than it was initially received. The limited edition soundtrack album is very good and I recommend fans pick up one of the remaining copies from Kritzerland Records. Dead of Winter 1987 Katie McGovern is a struggling actress living with her husband and her student brother, who is visiting. Shmuger and Malone should have made Steenburgen's Katie a more inquisitive protagonist. The plot is not really the point in a movie like this.
There isn't a commentary track which would have been nice but the interview certainly helps make up for some of this. Murray, the man holding the audition, picks Katie up and takes her to a remote mansion where they shoot the video. Advertisement The movie stars as an out-of-work actress who is pleased to pass an audition and be summoned to an isolated country mansion for a screen test. She attends an audition that she found in the paper and is selected to shoot a short video which will be sent to the director for his approval. It also features the typical strong performances from its principal actors.