5 Movies That Aren’t So Far From Reality in NH This Week
Photo — Courtesy of Patricia Goulet
It’s been cold and it’s going to get even colder, but that’s only after a storm dumps buckets of snow on the Granite State on Thursday.
Luckily, those of us that live in New Hampshire are a hearty bunch. So hearty that we would have no problem surviving in a movie where the elements are less-than-ideal. Nothing could stand in our way: snow, ice, rain, freezing temperatures, going stir crazy to the point of killing and maybe even having to eat one another to stay alive.
Here are 5 movies that aren’t so far from reality in New Hampshire this week.
Yes, this one’s obvious.
In the 2013 Disney movie, the kingdom’s stuck in an endless winter and Anna must find her sister Elsa whose magical powers are causing the brutal weather.
In the movie, love ends up winning over and melting the ice — and everyone’s hearts.
Here in New Hampshire, we’re not so easily manipulated, and it’s going to take more than a nice gesture to warm us over. It’s going to take some realistic warmer temperatures and sun.
Don’t worry, by July, we’ll all be complaining about how hot it is once again.
In John Carpenter’s 1982 horror film, there’s lots of snow and lots of cold, because the movie takes place at a research station in Antarctica.
If battling the cold isn’t bad enough, the researchers have to fight off an alien that can imitate and take the appearance of other lifeforms.
We don’t need to worry about actual aliens in New Hampshire (or do we) but after being stuck inside for extended periods of time the children can feel like alien forms that are trying to suck the life out of you. Make sure to prepare with lots of games, movies and other activities to keep the little ones occupied.
Rumor has it that Stephen King used the Mount Washington Hotel in New Hampshire as inspiration for the haunt in the book so it’s not much of a surprise that the movie looks like what Granite Staters are experiencing this week.
Another similarity: The age of many New England homes means a ghost or two could be hanging around wreaking havoc as you try to go about your daily life of upkeep.
But is that really what caused Jack to lose his mind while he was the winter caretaker at the Overlook?
Maybe it was just the endless snow and no escape from his family for several winter months that sent him over the edge. Does this sound familiar?
"Day After Tomorrow"
Global cooling and a new ice age. We’re pretty sure we’ve been living that for the past week.
If we start seeing hurricanes, a giant hail storm and tornadoes, you may want to take cover at your local library like the students in the movie.
As temperatures plunged to -150 degrees (isn’t it supposed to be that cold on Sunday?), several of the movie’s survivors burn books inside the New York Public Library to stay warm and alive.
The superstorms eventually tire out and fade off, just like the snow and cold will for us. We hope ...
Based on the 1974 book “Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors” by Piers Paul Read, a rugby team from Uruguay is stranded in the Andes Mountains after the plane they are on crashes.
The story is true. When the plane went down on Oct. 13, 1972, the conditions were harsh. The luckiest of the passengers either died in the crash or succumbed to injuries and the cold days later. The unlucky 16 rescued more than two month later had to eat the other dead passengers whose bodies had been preserved by the snow.
Let’s hope we don’t have to resort to that drastic measure just yet.
But just in case you have to choose one of your neighbors to eat, we recommend a three-point scale: Marination (alcohol consumption), age and fat-to-muscle ratio. Make sure to have your tools and a backup cooking option in case the power is out.
This New York Times article has a guide to calorie counts so you can make the proper consumption choice.
Hey, it’s better to be prepared.