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Below Zero

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Trapped in an abandoned slaughterhouse, a desperate screenwriter paralyzed by writer's block is tormented by a horrific serial killer of his own creation. Locked in a freezer, he sinks into a claustrophobia-induced paranoia, where he can't distinguish what is real from what is written, with his life hanging on every page. Horrifically mind bending, Below Zero is a terrifying tale that will have you guessing until final chapter.

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  • Actors: Edward Furlong, Michael Berryman, Kristin Booth
  • Directors: Justin Thomas Ostensen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Screen Media Films
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0083K4NFW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,293 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Below Zero" on IMDb

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on September 8, 2012
Format: DVD
Jack (Edward Furlong) has writer's block. His agent suggests he lock himself up in a freezer for 5 days. In northern rural America, he meets Penny (Kristin Booth) who has just the place. Penny is very likeable. She has the "Fargo" accent and laughs at her own jokes with a snort. She is single and says things like, "You can make anything good with ketchup, just not a marriage." She aspires to be an actress or a screenwriter, while she cares for her mute son.

Once Jack is locked up in a room in a meat processing factory. The movie then becomes the account of his writing. But don't let this deter you from watching this film. Michael Berryman, the face of "These Hills Have Eyes" and an underrated actor becomes an unsavory character in the script. The film bounces back and forth from the script to Jack's imprisonment which is becoming more unbearable as the plot twists. Jack incorporates his surroundings and characters he meets into the story.

At some point you have to ask yourself, "Is there a limit on plot twists before the movie becomes a BOSH?" This one approaches that number. In some ways this film reminded me of "Misery" i.e. a writer being tortured to write.

I enjoyed the least I think that was the ending. Good indie thriller, for those who like twists. Most of the horror is generated in what we know to be a fictional story.

Parental Guide: F-bombs, no sex, no nudity (woman bra/panties) 4 1/2 stars
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chris Coffel on August 27, 2012
Format: DVD
You're a writer, but you can't write. You've hit a wall. You have writer's block. So what do you do? Jack, a successful screenwriter has an interesting idea - method writing. It works for actors, so why wouldn't it work with writers?

To give this a try, Jack arranges to have himself locked in a remote meat cooler with just his imagination to inspire. The line between fiction and reality, however, quickly blur in the new thriller, Below Zero.

Edward Furlong plays Jack, the young, hot shot writer riding off the success of his one previous film, which we learn wasn't even very good in the first place. Jack's agent is the one that sets it up to have Jack locked in a meat cooler for five days to finish his script, if he doesn't, the agency will drop him.

Immediately, Jack regrets this decision.

From there the story takes on a multitude of twists and turns as Jack tries to write his script while facing his own demons. The setup is all I will give you, as anything more will take away from the enjoyment and spoil the film for you.

I have to point out I saw this film two times and I walked away from the second viewing appreciating the film much more. My first viewing was at the Phoenix Film Festival in which it was my seventh movie of the day. At that point I was pretty out of it and it was hard for me to follow. My second viewing was at the Arizona International Film Festival and it was my first film of the day and I think that made a world of difference.

The pacing worked better, the switching from what was real and what wasn't, it was all made clearer on that second viewing. I think this was more a result of seeing the film fresh rather than just seeing it a second time.
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Below Zero (Justin Thomas Ostensen, 2011)

An hour into Justin Thomas Ostensen's first fictional feature, Below Zero, I was ready to sing the movie's praises. It was Edward Furlong's best work since American History X, the first scene with Michael Berryman was so well-done it gave me shivers, and Ostensen and screenwriter Signe Olynyk, a TV writer working on her first big-screen presentation, were doing a bang-up job at keeping the parallel time structures in hand, keeping fantasy separated from reality without stupid “fuzzy camera” tricks, the works. This is a movie that had every hallmark of “you totally ignored this when it first came out and so I'm going to natter on about it to you endlessly until you sit down and watch it just to shut me up.”

And then... the cliff raced up, and the movie didn't even attempt to swerve.

Plot: Jack (Furlong), a screenwriter who had one big hit and then suffered a tremendous case of writers' block, has been sent by his agent to a farm in the middle of nowhere owned by Penny (Kristin Booth, who previously worked with Furlong in Detroit Rock City) and her autistic son, who takes a liking to Jack from the get-go. The goal: Penny will lock Jack in the farm's meat locker for five days to break his writer's block. (Jack's agent has given Penny a few other instructions Jack doesn't know about, it seems, and they are revealed over the course of the movie, leading to some freaky-yet-hilarious scenes.) Initially, it seems like it's working; Jack takes some of the things he and Penny experienced on the drive to the farm, conjures up a resident butcher for the farm named Gunnar (Berryman), and writes some really good stuff. And then... smack, there's the wall.
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I didn't expect much from "Below Zero" and actually anticipated a below average movie but was pleasantly surprised by how this film played out in the end. Edward Furlong does a nice job as the main character, a writer with writers block who's agent has set up a week in the country to help get his creative juices flowing again with a little twist. At first I was skeptical thinking this to be an average movie about a writer writing a story with the scenes being shown to us as he types them but than I was surprised by the twists that will have you like "huh" at first, than "wow" afterwards.

As I stated, Edward Furlong is the writer trying to create his next body of work, his agent sets him up in the country at a slaughterhouse with a goofy country woman and her very quite son. Once acquainted with his new surroundings he is locked up in a meat locker for 5 days thanks to a deal his agent made with the woman to help get his creative juices flowing again. As he starts writing, his story takes shape with a tow truck driver who crashes and finds a slaughterhouse where he looks for help but instead gets accidentally locked in the meat locker of a serial killer. We see each scene play out, twist and change as he writes them while events start happening around and outside of his room an slaughterhouse that will help change the out come of the movie and story being written.

I enjoyed "Below Zero" and found the small cast to be quite good, Edward Furlong looks and acts better than the last time I saw him which was in "Night of the Demons". The twists and ending were actually quite nice and made me glad I took the time to check this film out. Overall I think "Below Zero" is a nice little indie gem that most people will be enable to enjoy in the end.
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