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Cool Air (2006)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: May 21, 2013
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,981 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Struggling screenwriter Charlie Baxter sets out to write his long-blocked "great American screenplay" when he suffers a heart attack and his mysterious upstairs neighbor Doctor Shockner comes to his rescue. The doctor persuades Baxter to stay until he recovers fully, and introduces him to a nightmarish world of insane experiments and murder. Baxter knows something must be done to stop the evil that resides in the room at the top of the stairs.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars YOU WEILD A MEAN WHACKER? May 25, 2013
The film is about 70 minutes long with an additional 7 minutes of end credits. It is based on an H.P. Lovecraft book which immediately put it on my must see list. I was very disappointed. The film starts out with a blurb about the Weret Hekau, a story which stays on the screen too long so as to add time to the production.

The film opens, ends, and is filled with first person narration by Charles Baxter (Morgan Weisser) a wannabe screen writer with writer's block. He is renting a room in a secluded house which includes two other guests who live private lives, the most intriguing is Dr. Shockner (Crystal Laws Green) who lives in a cool room in the upstairs, even though basements are easier to keep cool.

The narration was a boring monotone which caused me to nod off from time to time. Cynthia Curnan took an interesting book and shredded it. No horror or suspense. No intensity. The initial meeting of Baxter and Shockner was equally long and boring as we see a prolonged picture of his face while we hear their monotone voices. Jenny Dare Paulin provides the token eye candy as Estella, a slightly autistic woman.

The low budget aspect didn't allow for much more than someone telling a story. This apparently is a 2006 film re-released.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. What did I do with my "Re-Animater" DVD?
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Adaptation of an H.P. Lovecraft Story May 20, 2013
As I've mentioned numerous times in the past, I absolutely love Lovecraft's work. The man was a genius far beyond his time. But what you might not know is that I'm a big fan of director Albert Pyun's work as well. I've liked his films since the 80s, and he just keeps getting better over the years. So imagine my surprise when I discovered he had tackled one of Lovecraft's short stories! I didn't realize he was the man behind this film until the credits started rolling. But Pyun does Lovecraft great justice with this adaptation; it is a low-budget but well made feature that Lovecraft fans should enjoy.

The story for this film may sound simple, and in reality, it is; but the complexities involved with the characters extend much deeper than the plot synopsis can relay. As a result, this movie is actually more character-driven than anything, but that is certainly not a bad thing. If anything, it helps add to the tension.

H.P. LOVECRAFT'S COOL AIR is written very well, thanks to the fascinating pen of Cynthia Curnan. The inner dialogue that we get to hear from the main character, Charlie Baxter, is insightful and somewhat prophetic. It is this dialogue that helps to set the stage for what is to come, and it is also what helps us understand who Charlie really is.

And speaking of the main character, Baxter is portrayed by one of my favorite (albeit obscure) actors, Morgan Weisser. Weisser is probably best known for his stint on the short lived and untimely canceled TV show SPACE: ABOVE AND BEYOND, but his scope of work varies and covers a broad range of genres. Weisser is excellent in this role and I am glad to see him onscreen once again.

My sole complaint about H.P.
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Having seen several extremely well-done independent film adaptions of H.P. Lovecraft's work over the last few years (see The Color Out Of Space, Call of Cthulhu, The and Whisperer in Darkness, I had high hopes for this full-length feature of one of Lovecraft's best short stories, "Cool Air" - but almost from the first moments, I could tell that the creators of this film had no idea how to tell a properly-paced story, or much know much about the importance of location, casting, or creating suspense. Although I imagine that it's possible to transport Lovecraft's early 20th Century pulp writings to a modern-day setting, putting the action in Malibu, California is a mistake - everything's too sunny and bright; Lovecraft's stories cry out for shadows and Noir-like settings. The director's wife adapted the story, and she relies FAR too much on pre-title exposition and voice-overs (which is not helped by the droning, emotionless voice of lead actor Morgan Weisser, best known for his role on the short-lived Space Above and Beyond - The Complete Series), but she also adds loopy, unlikable new characters, as if she were trying to marry Lovecraft with a storyline ripped from Twin Peaks. The director, not knowing how to build suspense, instead relies almost entirely on "gotcha" moments and lame video effects (including repeated images of a goat). A waste of time and energy by all involved. Lovecraft purists would do far better to stick with The H.P. Lovecraft Collection, Vol. 1: Cool Air which has the story told to far better effect than this bloated, dull adaption.
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