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5 reasons why ripping thriller The Snowman is certain to give you goosebumps


So far this year we’ve cowered at the sight of clowns (IT), xenomorphs (Alien: Covenant) and, in the case of Get Out, rich, white people.

Next it’ll be snowmen that fill audiences with fright, courtesy of serial killer thriller The Snowman starring Michael Fassbender. Before the cold winds settle in, let’s huddle together and take a look at this upcoming, bone-chilling offering...

5. The novel it's based on

The novel, originally titled Snømannen, was written by Norwegian crime novelist Jo Nesbø and released back in 2007. It picks up with his already beloved detective Harry Hole, now on his seventh novelised case, as he tracks down a historical serial killer known as The Snowman.

The novel was met with unanimous critical acclaim upon release with many critics praising the suspense-filled story, sinister atmosphere, and refreshing take on the quintessential serial killer storyline. The upcoming movie adaptation looks to be faithful to the creepy atmosphere of the novel, making goosebumps all but guaranteed.

4. The snowman himself

The titular 'Snowman' of course refers to the name given to the elusive killer, and his penchant for using snowmen rather...inventively.

Often leaving snowmen as a calling card, the killer occasionally goes a step further, replacing the victim's head with one made of the chilly, white stuff. This vicious head-swapping is shown in the film’s trailer and is all kinds of creepy.

Just look at the frosty fellow, all staring black eyes and creepy smile. If the rest of the film lives up to this horrifying image, audiences everywhere will be watching through their fingers.

3. It stars Michael Fassbender

Able to effortlessly shift from big budget movies like X-Men (plus the aforementioned Alien: Covenant) to smaller character pieces like 2011’s Shame, Michael Fassbender's presence in anything is cause for excitement.

His performance as detective Harry Hole has Fassbender looking appropriately gaunt and burdened, as his investigation into The Snowman killer becomes increasingly more difficult. The part of Detective Hole looks to be giving Fassbender the chance to be the stoic, assertive hero he plays so well, along with a few moments of screaming-to-the-sky drama as the bodies begin to pile up.

The hard-shelled loner is a role that suits Fassbender perfectly, and the actor looks to be bringing the much-loved detective to the screen with real accuracy.

2. Marco Beltrami is scoring

You may have never heard the name Marco Beltrami, but you’ll definitely know his work. The horror movie maestro has provided melodies for the likes of Scream (1996), Mimic (1997) and Resident Evil (2002), as well as smaller horror gems like The Eye (2008).

Outside of the horror genre, Beltrami has scored comic book films such as Hellboy (2004), Snowpiercer (2013) and even this year's superhero sensation Logan. Not only that, Beltrami has been nominated for two Academy Awards for the Christian Bale-headlined Western 3:10 To Yuma and 2009’s wartime thriller The Hurt Locker.

The score for The Snowman could not be in a safer pair of hands.

1. The director has given us goosebumps before...

At the helm of The Snowman is Swedish film maker Tomas Alfredson, and though he may not have many films under his belt there is still much promise.

Alfredson’s 2008 horror adaptation Let The Right One In is nothing short of a cinematic masterpiece. The tale of a vampire child set against the backdrop of snowy Sweden is a wonderful example of how to reinvigorate a genre with intelligent storytelling. The snow-covered surroundings are perfectly complimented by the cold, saturated cinematography, allowing the low temperature to leave the screen and get under your skin.

Alfredson’s first foray into English-language filmmaking came in 2011 with espionage thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Featuring a hugely talented ensemble cast, lead by the great Gary Oldman in his first Oscar-nominated role, it's another example of the director’s ability to create enthralling, eerie films.

There is something hauntingly poetic about Alfredson’s previous works, and the fact he has already given us goosebumps on more than one occasion should now too give you chills.

Are you brave enough to watch The Snowman when it arrives on 13th October? Check out the trailer again – if you dare!

Jon Fuge is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.