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Ray Pelletier (Michael Rooker, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Slither) is looking forward to a quiet weekend of ice fishing with his family. Unfortunately for him the obnoxious big city father-son duo of Steve and Stevie Cote has picked the same weekend to spend at the remote frozen lake. But the two families' petty squabbles are soon eclipsed by a much greater enemy: something has awoken under the ice and its prey is human. Miles from civilization and with only a few inches separating them from the freezing water below, the Pelletiers and Cotes must now find a way to work together to fight the vicious creature that's out to hunt them. Director James Felix McKenney's HYPOTHERMIA is a modern spin on the classic monster movie, featuring memorable performances from horror vet Rooker and co-stars Blanche Baker (The Girl Next Door) and Greg Finley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager).

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Busy character actor Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead) provides the main impetus to see Hypothermia, an old-fashioned creature feature about a monster lurking in the depths of a frozen lake. Rooker acquits himself well in his everyman role as a husband and father who takes his family on an ice-fishing vacation; once there, his plans are upset by the arrival of an obnoxious father-son duo, as well as the more disconcerting discovery of an aquatic monster with gastronomic designs on Rooker and company. Produced by Larry (The Last Winter) Fessenden's Glass Eye Pix, which oversaw such inspired independent horror films as The Innkeepers, House of the Devil, and Stake Land, Hypothermia aims for the lean, no-nonsense feel of a '50s-era monster movie, with director James Felix McKenney (Satan Hates You) executing the story in just 72 minutes. That approach hones the focus down to the struggle between Rooker and the monster, though it also leaves little room for fully developed characters that are more than just victims in waiting. One can also appreciate McKenney's decision to use a full-body suit for his monster instead of CGI, but the result is awkward and unconvincing, which neutralizes much of the tension used to set up its appearance. Still, Rooker does much of the heavy lifting, with able assist from vet Blanche Baker, and the chance to see him in a heroic lead role after decades of heelish character parts may be the picture's chief selling point. --Paul Gaita

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  • Actors: Michael Rooker, Blanche Baker
  • Directors: James Felix McKenney
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2012
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006Z7Z3NG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,523 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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2.8 out of 5 stars

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bakuryuu Tyranno on January 9, 2013
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I've been waiting for this for nearly three years.

Compared with the same company's "The Innkeepers", and "Stake Land", I consider this the best; "The Innkeepers" being dethroned due to me overrating it or because it doesn't stand up to repeat viewings (although due to problems on my Innkeepers disk really it bears mentioning, thank the Lord the disk worked at all!)

Now, this movie - it was good, but there's more worth mentioning with the negatives. The good being, it was quite generic, yet solid with interesting characters. Even the obnoxious jerk behaves like he's unaware people are viewing him as one. What might interest people is the families band together to catch the monster before finding out that it's lethal instead of for survival. A saying I'm unsure of the original source, was something about leaving the audience wanting more, and I would've enjoyed seeing these characters more.

The negatives - besides being anticlimactic there's something that keeps happening in the movies this company produces, which is quite atypical of normal horror, but I kinda know it's going to happen. I had some suspicions of who would die, which were technically inaccurate in the details but in general fell within the expected parameters.

There's alternate artwork on the inside of the cover, which seems more appropriate for a film like this and should've been the front cover.

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One other issue: some people had issues with the monster effects. The monster was onscreen for maybe three minutes total. Frankly I can't consider that a significant issue, and don't understand why anyone would, especially since, well...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian Dauzat on April 16, 2013
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The special effect were not that special. In particular, the monster could have been more monstrous: it looked like a scuba diver. On the other hand, the screenwriters out did themselves in providing original resolutions to stock conflicts. In particular, the ending suprised me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaret brown on January 31, 2014
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I had never heard of this movie before but found it on Amazon. It had a.great storyline and the ending wasn't what I thought it would.be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy Lanoue on July 15, 2013
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It was okay for the money . The monster was awful it looked very fake . I liked looking at the background of the Great Sacandaga Lake !
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Boone on October 7, 2012
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I don't mean the "good old days", in the sense of films with somebody in a rubber monster suit, which is what this is like, but I mean, the good old days when Dark Sky Films actually put out reissues of obscure & forgotten films that were fantastic. The good old days before they took the low road like Anchor Bay and started releasing mediocre stuff that was Syfy quality or worse.

Hypothermia is yet another mediocre offering in a long long list of mediocre offerings. Family goes ice fishing, meet up with obnoxious self-made man & son who arrive to do the same but have way more "stuff", most all meet with early demises due to presence of rubber suit monster who was never any problem before this year. Hmm. Wonder why? Anyway, I can't say this is the worst film I've ever seen, because there are plenty of things worse than this, but don't consider that an endorsement of the quality of this film. At 73 minutes it's a tolerable time-waster but nothing more. And the ending? Hmm, yeah, a great idea for when one has run out of ideas, I guess, but it didn't do it for me. C-
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rating My Best Pick on January 9, 2014
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I think the movie was better than most low budget films. Thus, the movie was entertaining ; though it lacked potential as far as the creature is concern, it could have been a 5 start movie. The creature was not realistic looking at all; so someone told the truth about that. Then there was the lost of the son ; I felt like they lacked emotions and grievance. Great potential! I don't think, I could have watched it if it wasn't for the actors that are staring in this film. I wouldn't say it's a total lost of money, but the ending was horrible I will agree . Why couldn't this have been a zombie jumping from the water?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 12, 2012
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HYPOTHERMIA is one of those "creature features" that would have been more successful had the film gone more humorous or campy. Unfortunately, the film takes itself way too seriously including a creature that is an actor in a silly looking scuba diver's suit!
Venerable character actors Michael Rooker and Blanche Baker give adequate performances in cliche-driven roles and there is a certain eeriness in the snowy landscapes. Blood and gore are utilized but tame compared to current standards. At only 73 minutes, HYPOTHERMIA passes quickly, so it might work as a double bill on Halloween!
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Great character actors Michael Rooker and Blanche Baker headline this low budget shocker about a strange creature lurking beneath icy waters. While it's good to see these seasoned vets, I couldn't help but wish they had a better film to support their talents. While Rooker makes the most of his role as a father and husband pushed to defend his family, Baker seems oddly strained and robotic. But performances aside, there is little in "Hypothermia" to excite movie-goers. You've seen so many variations of this story (back to the Creature From The Black Lagoon), "Hypothermia" really needed to bring something new or interesting to the discussion. And it really doesn't. The plot, such as it is, seemed stretched even with a scant 73 minute running time. The screenplay forces characters to consistently make the most idiotic choices to protract the story to its bloody conclusion. For example, after battling the underwater monster through several deaths, one character decides to lay down right next to a fishing hole for a rest. Genius, huh? I know that's what I'd do! You'd have to be as lame-brained as the characters not to foresee the result of this poor decision.

"Hypothermia" is, in the most classic sense, a throw-back to the cheapie monster movies of the fifties. Wait until you get a look at the murderous creature in question. It's a guy in a poorly fitting SCUBA suit and a bad mask. Far more silly than horrifying, this is a movie that would definitely have benefited by leaving the menacing creature largely unseen. But that's not the choice the makers went with, the creature is front and center and elicits a few more laughs than screams. Rooker and his family have a house on the shores of an icy lake. He, his wife, his son, and his son's girlfriend wander out for a day of ice fishing.
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