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‘Cold Blows the Wind’ review: Microbudget horror gives audiences want they want

Kill me, please.

Cold Blows the Wind gets off to a great start. A raspy voice slowly recites a creepy poem. It soon becomes clear what has happened. After having a few drinks, Dean (Danell Leyva) and Tasha (Victoria Vertuga) hit a jogger while driving home. Instead of calling the police, the pair bury the body. As they try to figure out what to do next, a mysterious stranger (Jamie Bernadette) who has witnessed what they have done appears with a strange offer.

The microbudget film constantly punches above its weight. Unlike other smaller releases that almost seem to use limited funds as an excuse, Cold Blows the Wind gets maximum value out of its small cast and setting. The paranoia that is so important to the story comes through the entire time.

This is  due to writer-director Eric Williford setting a great tone. The premise could have been played for laughs, and there are some comedic moments. But nothing ever seems silly. While there are some unnecessary detours along the way, Cold Blows the Wind always keeps the audience engaged.

The movie also boasts strong performances. Leyva and Vertuga are excellent as the couple who are trying to get away with murder. They are frustrated and clearly in over their heads. They alternate between taking shots at each other and trying to keep each other calm. Bernadette brings a measured performance that is equal parts and unhinged and frightening.

Cold Blows the Wind is an indie horror film that sucks in anyone watching. Great sound design, interesting characters, and some light grindhouse elements all combine for an excellent watch. It loses some steam during the second act, but it is well worth the time.

Cold Blows the Wind is available now on VOD

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