Plus, the week in review ...
Not to be too obvious but I thought Winter's Bone was pretty great.
Let The Right One In-the original
Lion in Winter for the ultimate dysfunctional family Christmas.
Frozen 2010-seriously dark. Stuck on a ski lift.
Dead of Winter 1987- A forgotten Mary Steenburgen gem. An actress is hired under false pretenses.
ATM 2012-Also a Christmas film! 3 people trapped in an ATM after their Christmas party.
All are on Prime right now.
A Simple Plan (the book) is even more shocking. An incredibly well-crafted tale.
Fargo, The Shining and Leo’s hissy fit for an Oscar, The Revenant
Hateful Eight was both pretty damn good and pretty damn bleak.
30 Days of Night was horror bleak and also pretty entertaining.
The Grey, an almost nihilistic survival horror movie marketed as a Liam-Nieson punch-em-up in one of the most deceptive ad campaigns in recent memory.
It's incredibly good (if very very bleak) but is nothing like what it was marketed as
It's a Halloween movie for most, but I consider Ghost Story a good "bleak winter film." It has a lot of winter scenes, the ghostly stuff makes you feel cold and damp, and it's just a good...ghost story. Complete with moral and everything.
Fargo is another favorite winter film.
My main winter 'entertainment ritual' is reading The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood on the first really cold and windy night, though.
I guess I'm not sure if John Carpenter's The Thing was actually set in winter, but given its location it's definitely winter-esque, and it sure as hell is bleak!
Certainly others are darker but shout out to The Shop Around The Corner (remade decades later as You Got Mail) which is fairly bleak for long stretches, and also very good.
I thought I had a great one with The Vanishing (the Danish film), because my misty memories of it are cold and gray, but it takes place in a lovely summer. Weird! But definitely bleak and definitely worth watching if you can stand it.
The Harold Ramis directed movie The Ice Harvest is a comedy but centered around crime and greed so pretty bleak.
Bleak isn't usually my favorite thing but Fargo was pretty bleak while still being watchable for me
That weird one with Colin Farrell and the horse.
John Carpenter's The Thing. Dread and fatalism from first shot to last. The bleakest interpretation of the ending is its the start of an invasion that will eventually consume all life on Earth.
"First goddamn week of winter." - MacReady