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The Chilling

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Universal Cryogenics is doing a booming business in freezing the bodies of the recently dead in the hopes of defrosting them later when science has discovered a way to cure what ails them. Things are going well until the storage facility loses its power during a storm, threatening their frozen clients. To make matters worse, a lightning strike causes the bodies to revive as homicidal zombies. What has the cryogenic lab been doing to its customers to cause this kind of change, and can they stop the zombies before their rampage goes out of control?

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  • Actors: Linda Blair, Dan Haggerty, Troy Donahue
  • Directors: Deland Nuse, Jack A. Sunseri
  • Writers: Jack A. Sunseri
  • Producers: Jack A. Sunseri
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Media Blasters
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016K76VE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,353 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bartok Kinski on July 20, 2008
Format: DVD
(spoilers) I love horror movies. I love B-Movies as well. Nothing makes my day more than a cheesy little film about zombies, monsters, murderers, that sort of thing. But to say that this movie was lacking, is an understatement. This movie was pure trash. You'd think the zombies would look somewhat like what the cover-art of the box displays, but instead, you get actors with masks that are clearly sold at any Halloween display counter.

Furthermore, the script is beyond pitiful. Our main character, Joseph, suffers the loss of his wife and son and seeks solace in the warm-hearted Mary, played by Blair. Not once do you see any sign of sadness or discomfort on the part of Joseph's character. Instead, we see the head of the cryogenic labs, a man named Dr. Miller, eager to get the dead bodies and experiment with their organs. There is no emotion or anything to make you believe you should give a damn about anyone in this film.

Once you see the cover art to this film of a frozen zombie coming out of their cryogenic chamber, you'll think you were in B-Movie Horror Heaven. At least that's the way I approached this film. But boy, was I in for a shock. All and all, very disappointing. All the elements to make a great horror film were there. You had your zombies, your decent actors, and your story. But the lack of good writing and little if any sense of direction screwed this one up royally.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Straw Man VINE VOICE on May 21, 2012
Format: DVD
I recently have been on a Linda Blair kick and have watching her movies like they are going out of style. She has this arcane quality about her presences, her performances are not going to win any awards yet I am totally captivated watching her. So when I stumbled across the trailer/preview for "The Chilling" on another DVD I had rented I knew I needed to watch it. First and foremost it had Ms. Blair, secondly it had zombies, thirdly it was made in the 1980s and fourthly I had no idea it existed. Not to mention that this movie did for aluminum foil what Mr. Majestyk did for watermelons, more on this later...

The plot is a Dr. Miller (Troy Donahue) works in a cryogenic lab that freezes people so their illness can be cured at a later date. Mary (Linda Blair) is a liaison (of sorts) who works with the clients. The latest client Joseph (Jack De Ruiex) just lost his wife and son (Joe Jr), so to speak. Therefore he has them "put on ice" in order to have their medical issues addressed at a later date. Well to paraphrase a bit, all of the frozen people end up being brought back to life when the "canisters" the bodies are in is struck by lighting.

Now I must say that this is a different type of zombie movie. If one goes in thinking they are going to see a Romero zombie movie or even something of "The Walking Dead" caliber, they will be disappointed. As a mater of fact, the zombies themselves don't show up until the forty-five minute mark and this movie is only ninety minutes. One might wonder if the zombies aren't in half of the movie then how is this movie so great. Well my retort is the build up and circumstances that lead up to the zombie break out. For instance, Joe Jr. was put on ice because he was injured in a bank robbery.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer M. Hensley on January 24, 2010
Format: DVD
'The CHILLING' is FAR from being next to well-respected zombie flicks that have came out around its time, and even before its time. But wait, 'The CHILLING' is FAR from being the worst Horror film, also. The story itself is original and so are the zombies! I know, I know, just because it happens to be original doesn't make it good. In this case, it does! There's five things I love about it. First, let me be honest because I'm a sucker when it comes to my interests in cryogenics!!! Any flick that revolves around cryogenics is most likely to be a winner with me. Second, I like seeing Linda ('The Exorcist') Blair and my good 'ol boy Dan ("Grizzly Adams") Haggerty starring together! Third, within the first five minutes of this flick, it starts out CRAZY by showing us a murderous "outlaw" stabbing and shooting folks left and right! Come on, the way those first few scenes in the beginning start off, is at least worth a two-star rating, in my opinion. Fourth, the acting is not bad at all in considering that this film contains a bunch of no-names. Seriously, I'm not saying it's oscar worthy but in a B-Horror such as this, I was impressed. Lastly, fifth, the zombies shown in this film are acceptable. Most may be a little over-the-top, as far as the traditional zombie makeup goes (The dead are kept frozen right away for preservation, right? haha.), but I consider them to be THE Chud of zombie films. Just like how 'C.H.U.D.' is a bit over exaggerated when showing its idea of what infection can do when exposed to chemical waste.

I believe there are many other well-respected B-Horrors out there that are guilty for using this same formula. So why so much hate for this little horror!??? It's nice NOT to see the same old zombie approach used or and over again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grindhouse and Horror on March 21, 2014
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This low-budget film is basically for fans of 80s horror; it won't find much of an audience with mainstream horror fans. I liked it because I'm a fan of 80s horror, but it's one of those films that could've been a lot better. It seems that it was quickly written and made. There's some embalming stuff, and then you've got this scene with a guy getting his throat slashed and then a small heist shootout. Later, these zombies come to life that are in canisters and just start chasing some people around in the dark at this one cryogenics place. It has some spots that some may think are a little slow, but I thought most of the film moves at a pretty good pace. The main problem with the movie is that many may not like the directing because it may seem amateurish and somewhat dull to many people. Even when they're being chased around by the zombies in that dark cryogenics area, the film doesn't have much effective atmosphere. The scenery is nothing worth mentioning, and it doesn't succeed with suspense either. The acting is also amateurish. Nudity is limited to a brief topless shot in a sex scene, and some may be disappointed in the films gore content. There's gore scattered throughout, but there's nothing extremely graphic or over-the-top; a zombie film like this one would've been so much better if they added some extreme gore, but this film has none. The zombies looked pretty good, but I wouldn't recommend it if you're looking for a really gory zombie movie. It says that this is the unrated director's cut, and I'm curious to know what exactly is different from the R-rated version. Despite its problems, I thought it had a nice 80s charm to it. It also seems to improve with another viewing. I wanted more gore when I first saw it, but I was watching it at night again and had fun with it.Read more ›
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