THE CHILL FACTOR aka DEMON POSSESSED (1989) Reviews and overview

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‘Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the slopes…’

The Chill Factor – aka Demon Possessed – is a 1989 American supernatural horror feature film produced and directed by Christopher Webster (producer of Severed Ties; Mindwarp; Children of the Night) from a screenplay written by Julian Weaver (The Inheritor; Trapped Alive). The movie stars Dawn Laurrie, Aaron Kjenaas, Connie Snyder and David Fields.


Recent release:

The Chill Factor was released by Arrow Video in the UK on July 15th and the US on July 16th, 2019.

  • Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original uncompressed stereo audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary with special effects artist Hank Carlson and horror writer Josh Hadley
  • Brand new on-camera interview with makeup artist Jeffery Lyle Segal
  • Brand new on-camera interview with production manager Alexandra Reed
  • Brand new on-camera interview with stunt coordinator Gary Paul
  • Still Gallery
  • Original VHS trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach
  • Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Mike White


For a group of young couples, a snowmobiling trip turns into a waking nightmare when one of them is thrown from their vehicle and knocked unconscious. Seeking refuge in a nearby abandoned summer camp, the group find themselves holed up in a cabin filled with bizarre and ominous religious artefacts. As night falls, the discovery of an Ouija board amidst the dusty relics awakens a terrifying evil…


It is full of camp. It is funny at parts, mostly where it isn’t intended to be funny […] The acting is atrocious. The music is out of sorts, there is only one cool kill scene and my thoughts are the budget killed this movie when it comes down to it.” David Hildebrand, Adventures in Poor Taste

“It’s not a lost classic…but if you’re in the mood for some demons and cheese… it’ll do the trick. Chill Factor features a ridiculous narration, a convoluted ending, a decapitation by fan, drinking while snowmobiling…” 80s Horror Central

The Chill Factor may fit the bill as a cult oddity but as a movie deserving of the Arrow Video treatment this dull and uninspiring mess has very little to offer other than an unoriginal idea in an unutilised setting.” Chris Ward, Flickering Myth

“Just saw this with a group of people and it went over very well. The redneck scenes were hilarious, The kills were actually decent (death by ceiling fan!), the dialogue was atrocious, and the snowmobile chase scene was incredible. This movie was a lot of fun.” Cropsy, Letterboxd

Cast and characters:

  • Dawn Laurrie … Jeannie
  • Aaron Kjenaas … Tom
  • Connie Snyder … Karen
  • David Fields … Chris
  • Eve Montgomery … Lissa
  • Jim Cagle … Ron
  • Bekki Vallin … Bessie
  • Mark Armstrong … Bar Lout
  • Chuck Decker … Lout’s Friend
  • Ron Hollnagle … Snowgroomer Driver
  • Jim Gresch … Sheriff
  • Barbara Claman … Voiceover for Older Jeannie

Filming locations:

Eagle River and Sugar Camp, Wisconsin

Technical details:

  • 86 minutes
  • Audio: Dolby

Original release:

The film was belatedly released on VHS and Laserdisc in the US in 1993 by AIP Home Video as Demon Possessed.

Image credits: VHS Collector

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