The blizzard is descending, and if you find yourself hunkered down trying to escape the frozen tundra that is the outside world, we have some icy cold hits that are well worth filling your time.
From Game of Thrones (winter has officially arrived, y'all) to a train ride through the frozen remnants of humanity in Snowpiercer, here are some hits and under-the-radar flicks well worth watching from under your blanket with the fireplace roaring. Because, c'mon, we all like staying on theme.
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
Roland Emmerich is the king of disaster flicks, and if you want to see what would really happen if a blizzard came to town and stayed for a full-blown ice age, this is it. The saga of a father's journey across the icy tundra of the United States is a rollicking adventure, and the cast of Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal and Emmy Rossum are well worth spending a couple of hours with.
The Thing (1982 and/or 2011)
If you're looking for some terror in the frozen night, pick up either of these two versions of The Thing (and, heck, watch the original 1951 The Thing From Another World, too). John Carpenter's 1982 version is a classic and features one of the greatest, most ambiguous endings ever conceived. If you're wanting something a bit more modern, the 2011 prequel tracks the events just before the 1982 story. It provides some interesting context and is a fairly taut thriller unto itself.
This high concept sci-fi drama from director Bong Joon-ho is one of the best sci-fi films in recent years. It stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell and John Hurt as passengers aboard a perpetual train that houses the last survivors of planet Earth — which has long since frozen over and become uninhabitable. The questions it asks about society and the world are as relevant now as ever.
Christopher Nolan's ambitious sci-fi drama is about trying to escape a dying Earth, but our little blue marble isn't actually frozen. However, a planet Matthew McConaughey visits during his journey is a cold, cold world — and it's one of the most gorgeous interpretations of a frozen planet ever put to film. It's a mind-bending adventure that should confuse you enough to make you forget all about the icy world outside.
The Shining (1980)
Whenever you think of being snowed in, there are few movies that are as claustrophobic and terrifying as Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Stephen King's novel. Jack Nicholson's performance is still haunting, and if you want to go the extra mile, put out some fresh towels and linens and pretend you're at the Overlook Hotel. Or, on second thought, maybe that's not the best idea
30 Days of Night (2007)
Based on the comic miniseries of the same name, this horror romp follows a vampire attack as the bloodthirsty killers descend on a small town in Alaska that experiences a 30-day polar night. It was a modest hit, but it's one of those movies most folks either never saw or forgot about over the past decade. If you're looking for a freaky deep cut, you could do far worse.
Batman & Robin (1997)
Speaking of deep cuts, if you want something legit campy and ridiculous, look up this atrocious Bat-mess. The wintry connection? Arnold Schwarzenegger's Mr. Freeze has a foolproof plan to freeze Gotham City. Fair (very obvious) warning: This movie is still a train wreck. So yeah, the best bet might be to just MST3K this thing. But them Bat-nipples, tho.
Game of Thrones (2011-present)
In case it isn't obvious by the fact that your front door is probably frozen shut: Winter is here. It's not coming, any more. So why not kick back and revisit some of your favorite episodes? Or, if you've never watched, a day or two snowed in keeping warm is the perfect time to get started.
Dead Snow (2009)
This Norwegian horror film tracks a zombie Nazi attack in the snowy hills of Norway. This movie is a crazy, body good time. Sadly, it's also becoming more politically relevant by the day. Le sigh.