[Film Review] COLD BLOWS THE WIND (2024) – You’ll shiver (and laugh) the whole night through!

Cold Blows the Wind (2024) begins with a decidedly creepy Jamie Bernadette singing an equally creepy song over the prelude. Cut to a car pulling into the drive of a secluded cabin. A couple (Tasha and Dean) exit the car, open the car’s trunk, and view a man who is, to their surprise, alive. As the story progresses, it is revealed that the injured man in the trunk is a jogger they hit while driving drunk. Thinking him dead and fearing repercussions, they decide to load him into the car’s trunk and bury his body in the forest later. Now that they’ve discovered him alive, they are faced with a completely different dilemma.

The stage is perfectly set by the sinister opening song and the body in the trunk scenario. Writer/director Eric Williford starts with a gruesome premise and generates progressively intense conflict between Tasha (Victoria Vertuga) and Dean (Danell Leyva) while the story begins its increasingly macabre and unpredictable journey.

Additional characters – first, Blair (Jamie Bernadette) followed later by Uncle Stevie (Torrey B. Lawrence) – barge into the story with loud, insistent banging on the door. Blair is seeking protection from a man chasing her, but before long delivers a line that raises the hair on the back of my neck and opens the door for the supernatural core to slither into the already macabre story. This quirky character is portrayed by an equally quirky and successful performance from Bernadette, ramping up this viewer’s apprehension and suspense as her character frequently pops up in unexpected ways. It is great to see Bernadette again (it’s been a while – my fault, not hers)!

Torrey B. Lawrence delivers just the right amount of menace as his entrance adds yet another twist to this already twisted plot and another “hair-on-the-back-of-the-neck-standing-up” line. Is he evil or are his actions justified? His performance gives nothing away, balancing on that interpretive tightrope.

Victoria Vertuga’s performance is especially impressive, adding an element of humor to the grisly events that had me laughing out loud. Her screwball delivery is the perfect counterpoint to what has befallen her. Vertuga, who doubles as co-producer with Willeford, is someone whose work I’ll keep an eye out for in the future.

I love a good low-budget, independent horror film and Cold Blows the Wind (2024) is just the ticket! With a budget of around $200,000, you’ll find a good story delivered by equally good acting, music (Alberto Anaya), cinematography (Marc Martinez), editing (Timothy Widmann), and makeup effects (Jordyn Maresh), all combined to make a suspenseful and surprisingly funny film.

I give Cold Blows the Wind 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Cold Wind Blows is available VOD as of July 2 from Lion Heart Distribution.

Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk.

Jeff has written for Horrornews.net and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.