Forget all those cute, snowflake-suffused Christmas cards. From Howard Hawks’ The Thing From Another World to the Coen brothers’ Fargo to this week’s somewhat self-explanatory horror movie Blood Glacier, it is an established movie law that terrible things occur in cold weather. And director Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais doesn’t seem in any hurry to break that rule with his debut thriller, Whitewash, which is currently available to buy on iTunes and arrives on VOD this coming Friday.

The film stars Thomas Haden Church (Sideways, Spider-Man 3) as a down-on-his-luck snowplow operator in rural Quebec who accidentally kills a man during a drunken nighttime joyride, hides the body, and heads into the wilderness to escape from the authorities. Does Church’s character stand a snowball’s chance in hell of getting away with his crime? You’ll have to watch the movie to find out.

You can, however, check out both an exclusive clip from Whitewash and the film’s trailer below.