Cold Grip Release Date: 2004 (USA) Genre: Horror | Thriller Director(s): Javier Barbera Writer(s): Javier Barbera Staring: Juan Sola, Anna Lluch, Alejandro Cardenas I’m extremely upset with Javier Barbera, the director, writer, and producer of Cold Grip. He had an unbelievable idea for a movie. The setup was flawless. It was creepy, with the dialogue […]

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Cold Grip
Release Date: 2004 (USA)
Genre: Horror | Thriller
Director(s): Javier Barbera
Writer(s): Javier Barbera
Staring: Juan Sola, Anna Lluch, Alejandro Cardenas

I’m extremely upset with Javier Barbera, the director, writer, and producer of Cold Grip.

He had an unbelievable idea for a movie. The setup was flawless. It was creepy, with the dialogue kept to a minimum. I was really feeling the characters, and just waiting for the reasons behind the antagonist’s actions to be revealed.

And then it all went awry.

Twentysomething Robert is just casually going about his business when he meets an attractive young woman by the name of Greta. Hitting it off, they eventually share numbers during a cab ride back to their respective residencies. That very night Robert gets a phone call inviting him out for drinks. As things go, they eventually go back to her hotel room. When Robert wakes up the next morning, written on the mirror in lipstick is H I V, complete with an unhappy face. At this time we also see Greta, going through her pictures of the men she’s infected, extremely happy with what she’s done.

So what now? You’d expect him to have to do some investigating, maybe try to cope with his feelings, learn her motives, and then have the final scene where he gets his comeuppance. That’s not what happens, though. Greta is out of the picture by the time we hit the third act. After a heinous scene where he extracts his revenge, there’s still twenty-five minutes left. At that point, Cold Grip turns into a lame slasher, with Robert having to pick off two people who discover his actions.

I honestly believed that Cold Grip was going to be a fucked-up classic in the vein of Lucky. Instead I got something by a director who didn’t want to think. He didn’t want to flesh out his story, which would’ve allowed enough time to pass for his audience to get gripped. Cold Grip is definitely well-directed, but Barbera’s talents are wasted on his piss poor execution of a great idea.

And a note to Barbera if he ever stumbles upon this: Showing flashbacks to events that happened two minutes before is really, really stupid.

DVD: After those damn unskippable previews, Cold Grip is barebones.

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