*If you haven't seen the first two films in the series, you may want to read the reviews for Fritt Vilt and Fritt Vilt 2, to keep up to speed. Then again, if you haven't seen at least one of the first two movies, then why are you watching part 3? Cheaters.
FRITT VILT III (aka Cold Prey 3)
Sub-Genre- Backwoods Horror/Torture Porn
Cast Members of Note- Ida Marie Bakkerud, Kim S. Falck-Jorgensen, Julie Rusti, and a bunch of other Norway people that I can't seem to keep straight in my head.
What's it About?- Set in the 80's, FV III tells the story of the first two film's killer as a child and troubled youth. Yes, it's a prequel and an origin story, and I guess someone thought both were somehow necessary.
Remember in the first movie how we learned that the mountain man killer was buried alive by his parents as a kid because he had an odd mole on his face? Well he found himself a mentor in them there Norwegian woods, and learned him how to kill and gut some animals, and act all creepy. Eventually he decides he'd rather kill and gut him some people instead. That's basically the plot of this movie.
A bunch of young, dumb ass kids head into the wilderness of _______ for a weekend of _______, only to find a bloodthirsty killer waiting to pick them off one by one... Yeah, we've heard the same exact plot over and over and over and over again, so just fill in the blanks in a way that suits this film, and we have another cookie cutter horror flick. There really isn't much else to say about the plot.
The Good- Unlike its predecessors, which were slasher flicks, Fritt Vilt 3 decided to go the torture porn route. Did it work? I suppose so, if you like the average torture porn offering, but it played more like Wrong Turn than the first two films in its own franchise.
As a prequel it was decent; it told the back story of the killer in an interesting way, showing us how he got to where he was, and why. As an installment in the Fritt Vilt series, it felt oddly out of place. The first 2 movies were set in an isolated, snowy mountain top location, which added to the tension of it all, in our opinion. The other films also had a strong, dynamic final girl who we couldn't help but root for. I'm not taking anything away from the final girl of this one, but the material just wasn't as good, so it felt as if she were less awesome in a way?
It did have some good kill scenes/gory gags that made us cringe, and if that's really all you care about, then you will enjoy FV III, I'm sure. The girls were nice to look at too.
The Bad-The charm of the series kinda died with this one. Instead of being a slasher flick set in the snowy mountains, we get a backwoods horror flick set in the forests of Norway in the summer time... In our opinion, making those changes really took away the one unique thing the first two movies had going for them.
The Downright Horrendous- Why only a quick side boob? There were two really cute girls in this movie, and all they did was tease us. We, the audience, demand gratuitous nudity in our standard hack and slash movies, because we deserve it. It's like a little bonus for us having to sit through retreaded material, and poorly scripted generic efforts. Weak story +no boobs= just not right.
The Gory- It's torture porn, so of course there's some good blood and gore to be had here: Various stabbing's, slashing's, and shooting's (shotgun and bow, mind you), and even a cat being gutted. Blood lovers will be happy with this movie.
The Naked- Aside from a naked man ass and a brief shot of a side boob, everyone remained clothed in this one. For shame, Norway, for shame.
What did we learn?- They should have stopped at 2.
The Master Says- C- Nowhere near the movies the first two Fritt Vilt films were, part 3 delivers for the most part if you're in it for kill scenes and blood. The summer setting took away a bit of the charm established earlier in the series, but maybe I just like snow. No. After the winter we've had so far here in Michigan, I think it's safe to say: fuck snow. So I guess then that it just felt more like every other backwoods horror movie that has come along in recent years, and the change of scenery didn't help things. It's worth a watch, but I fear that it wont please fans of the series as much as parts 1 and 2 did.
Final Thoughts- Isn't it good, Norwegian Wood?