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Ice from the Sun (1999)

Angela Zimmerly , Ramona Midgett , Eric Stanze  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Angela Zimmerly, Ramona Midgett, D.J. Vivona, Todd Tevlin, Jason Christ
  • Directors: Eric Stanze
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A59Q78
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,608 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ice from the Sun" on IMDb

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One of the most acclaimed independent horror films in recent years, this experimental dose of future shock from acclaimed director Eric Stanze (Scrapbook) unfolds in a nightmarish world where cities are enclosed in ice, magicians match wits with angels and demons, lives are snuffed out without warning, and time itself can be manipulated for good or evil. Graphic, unflinching, stylish, and relentless, Ice From The Sun takes you on an unforgettable rollercoaster ride of the senses. Featuring a Blistering Punk Score by Johnny Magnet, Hotel Faux Pas, Free Dirt and Ded Bugs.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative but dirt cheap July 19, 2004
"Ice From the Sun" is one of those movies you'll most likely find hiding out under the Sub Rosa distribution label. What does that mean and why is it important? If you like horror movies enough to watch cheap, cheesy, and often atrocious shot on video productions, you will run across this company sooner rather than later. Sub Rosa is turning into Troma's out of work brother-in-law, releasing the most sordid dreck ever seen on home entertainment systems. Most of the films sporting the Sub Rosa label would never see the light of day if it weren't for the advent of DVD technology. Even the famed grindhouses of New York City wouldn't have shown the likes of "Shatter Dead" or "Peter Rottentail," not even on a bet. The only thing that I can possibly say in defense of companies like Sub Rosa is that occasionally they distribute something like Eric Stanze's "Ice From the Sun." Don't get me wrong; "Ice From the Sun" is micro budget filmmaking on every level. The acting is downright awful, the pace uneven, but what works often overshadows what fails. I don't think I'm stretching to say that this movie is one of the best shot on video films I've ever seen. And, sad to say, I've seen quite a few.
Normally, you shouldn't worry too much about plot with one of these camcorder productions. The movies exist merely as conduits through which wannabe filmmakers with a "vision" can indulge in scene after scene of catsup soaked gore. "Ice From the Sun" differs in that it spends a great amount of time-perhaps an inordinate amount of time depending on your view-setting up what is actually an intriguing idea.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The 700 Club is better than this film October 24, 2002
By A Customer
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This could possibly be the worst film I have ever seen. The acting is absolutely AWFUL.. I mean like the kind you don't even need to make fun of because it just isn't worth the effort. The cinematography is that of a 7 year old with daddy's video camera.. no worse than that. And the story is told in the refreshing manner of that...kid down the street who just got a new pack of Pokemon cards.
I recommend this film to you only if your television only recieves The 700 Club.. and you have an allergic reaction to quality.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars IT IS WHAT IT IS May 19, 2004
I know this is an Indie and had a small budget. My complaint about this movie is about the plot and script. This is an area where money can't make a difference. You are either creative or you are not. This is where indies should shine. "Ice From the Sun," does not shine. I have a feeling that Stanze started to use Brasso to polish the script, but gave up. There are some scenes that are inventive but most are just cliched, tedious and hackneyed. There is just enough in this movie to prevent fastforwarditis, but not enough for anything other than a fleeting impression.
The biggest lack of creativity I can relate is in the demise of the characters. In the beginning of the movie I was led to believe that some sort of competition awaited each person. There is almost no competition. The characters become scared, run away and die. Sometimes they don't even run. It seems to me this would have been a great place for the Brasso. Show the characters in some sort of inventive competion.
I said that I would not comment on budget aspects, but I can't help it. Ramona Midgett is a terrible actor. She is also in another Stanze film. What dirt does she have on him? Is she financing the films? She stunk up every scene she was in.
If you like films that squander potential this is for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars hmmm... January 2, 2007
By Artos
what can i say...i just didnt get much satisfaction from this film.

i just wanna say first off the bat i only watched the first 25-30 minutes of the film & this was a few months ago, so i dont remember every aspect to a "T".

sure it was imaginative. i will give it that it at had an interesting artistic point of view, & there were a few really good scenes but there was just way too many turn offs, both because of the budget AND just plain out what they decided to put on screen, they were either just too deadpan or it would start feeling wayyy too much like a troma movie.(no offense to troma, i proudly own a few copies of troma films, but that didnt feel like the presentation this film was "attempting" to give off)

all i can say is definitely not worth a purchase. who knows, if you are very into arthouse & out there cinema then check it out(especially if you dont mind [extremely] low budget-films, such as "cradle of fear" or handful of troma releases) but i would never recommend just randomly picking this up before buying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been an epic film but failed May 8, 2004
There was so much potential in the film. But it all diminished because of a nonsense story and worst acting ever. I don't mind bad acting ("Pieces" and "Gore Gore Girls" are hilarious). But this movie was supposed to be taken in a serious context. I couldn't believe any of the acting at all. Especially the long one part where we have the whole vital background story bluntly mumbled.
Couldn't the filmmakers embed the background story in a more creative way, rather than just having a girl read it so lifelessly as if she's being forced to read homework? I felt like I was trying to read through those long boring "User Agreement" things, which nobody reads in reality.
After closer listens to the story, I found it to be just fantasy mumbo jumbo. There was no enlightening view points given, which is something I look for in all forms of art that are taken seriously. "Dawn of the Dead," "Society," & "28 Day's Later" are good examples of horror movies that teach us something.
It's as if the poor story was just thrown in so they could have an excuse for calling the wild experimentation with cinema a "movie".
All in all, the blunder from that narration really threw me off the whole movie. I couldn't piece together any relevance to the creative bizarre (yet limited to low budget) imagery with the dialogue. The movie died in front of my eyes as far as I'm concerned after that point. Nothing could redeem the film from that horrid narration part. No wonder it's so cheap.
Eric Stanze is a true visionary. He just has to get stronger stories and a better budget. We see crap like "Biker Boyz" cost millions to make while Stanze could create so much more with that kind of money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm!
I'd heard about this movie for years and finally got around to seeing it. Well, it was certainly interesting. I went between giving it three stars and four... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Muh
4.0 out of 5 stars Try to understand the movie
I have never met Stantz, but I followed the production of this movie. I am also an independant filmmaker and understand how hard it is to shoot a film without any backing. Read more
Published on July 18, 2008 by Phillip Fitzlaff
5.0 out of 5 stars great indie fantasy
"ice" is a fantastic indie gorefest that invokes stan brakhage and sam raimi. this 8mm epic is atmospheric, imaginative, and has plenty of amazing special fx. Read more
Published on May 29, 2008 by Justin M. Tucker
1.0 out of 5 stars YOU'RE KIDDING, RIGHT??
Where to begin? Let's start with the creator eric stanze, seems eric decided one day, "hey,I don't have any money or talent. I think I'll make a movie!! Read more
Published on November 29, 2007 by John J. Avery
1.0 out of 5 stars Unwatchable
I'm all for indie productions, low budget, shot on video, etc. because it means fresh perspectives and stimulating ideas. Read more
Published on September 30, 2007 by dave
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow moving modern horror fantasy tale
Uhhh...I guess it is about a man named "The Presence" that rules an alternate universe between Heaven and Hell encased in "ice from the sun" (not making this up). Read more
Published on October 10, 2006 by Molly C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Now I'm going to tell you a scary tale.
Now I'm going to tell you a scary tale.


A long time ago, in a Dark Age far, far away, there was an evil warlock named Ambolin. Read more
Published on March 23, 2006 by Sergio Luiz C. Martorelli
5.0 out of 5 stars A BEAUTIFULLY BRUTAL LOW-BUDGET MASTERPIECE ! One of the best eva !
With 'ICE FROM THE SUN' Director Eric Stanze shows us all that low-budget film makeing is not a steping stone,it's an art form! I.F.T.S. Read more
Published on February 18, 2006 by creatureart
5.0 out of 5 stars Expressive, creative indie filmmaking!
I already had the DVD from Sub Rosa, but when I heard about this new special edition, I had to check it out. Sorry. I don't know anyone who made this film. Read more
Published on January 13, 2006 by Alex Strauss
1.0 out of 5 stars It's pretty obvious what's going on, isn't it?
I've got to commend the director's friends and family for making such a concerted effort on his behalf, but this movie is a sloppy pile of dung and everybody on this list knows it. Read more
Published on November 16, 2005 by archilocus
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