Red Snow is a 2021 American comedy horror film about a struggling vampire romance novelist who must defend herself against real-life vampires during Christmas in Lake Tahoe.
Written and directed by Sean Nichols Lynch, the movie stars Dennice Cisneros, Nico Bellamy, Laura Kennon and Vernon Wells.
“The fleshed out story is not the only factor worthy of praise as the marriage between the setting and the overall aesthetic harmonises together to form a visual banquet. Olivia’s fondness for the macabre at Christmas time did make me chuckle […] Red Snow completely took me by surprise every step of the way, cementing itself as a solid entry into both vampire and holiday horror.” Dead Northern
“Olivia gets a lot more room for character development and Lynch, clearly alert to the troubling gender politics of genre favourites, isn’t about to let Luke get everything his way. The result is a film which, whilst modest in its ambitions, delivers well. It’s unlikely to enjoy the success of indulgent fantasies like Twilight, but it’s smart, funny and a solid piece of entertainment.” Eye for Film
“Cisneros gives a wonderful performance, investing Olivia with a quirky personality, and balancing her insecurities in adulting with inner strength […] Lynch directs with verve, with an equally deft hand for the fright-fare set pieces and for comedy, along with some well-crafted poignant scenes.” Horror Fuel
“Without spoilers, though this has an underlying romantic sub-plot, expect plenty of the red stuff when the vampires need to feed. If you’re in the market for a vamp-rom-com-thriller with plenty of affectionate ribbing/staking to the genre, Red Snow is the biting satire for you.” iHorror
” …if you’re down for something a little sweet mixed in with all that tangy blood, Red Snow is a real treat. It doesn’t reinvent the vampire wheel, but the unwillingness to compromise on Olivia’s character and the deliciously satisfying ending make this a refreshingly rare gem in its own right.” Nightmare on Film Street
“There are definite limitations revealed in how the story itself was executed, especially when more vampires got involved later on. Whether due to budget or time constraints, certain elements of Red Snow felt underdeveloped. The weakest link seemed to be Luke’s gang of vampires led by Laura Kennon’s Jackie.” Nightmarish Conjurings
“There’s a great balance between the comedic elements and the threat, and the fact it works so well while weighing heavier on the former is a credit to Lynch. It never resorts to spoof, the humour coming naturally through the conversations and Olivia’s character […] it’s great to have a film that embraces absurdity and meta-references but still has bite.” Starburst
Main cast and characters:
Dennice Cisneros … Olivia Romo
Nico Bellamy … Luke
Laura Kennon … Jackie
Vernon Wells … Julius King
Alan Silva … Brock
Edward Ewell … Simon
Olivia Pintz … Amy
Aspect ratio: 2.00: 1
Not to be confused with Marie Clements’ 2019 Canadian film Red Snow about a Gwich’in-Canadian soldier who is captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan.