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The Thaw [Blu-ray]
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Maybe this is not exactly a very original concept, but still works as a serviceable plot. It is a familiar situation where unsuspecting characters, ethnically diverse and mostly young, are trapped in a remote location with unwelcome parasitic creatures. In "The Thaw" the creatures can attack from inside your body, and things only get worse when you have to deal with people who start behaving erratically.
The creature effects of "The Thaw" are fairly impressive, which means those who don't like bugs or worms crawling on the skin should stay away. The film also uses the beautiful location of British Columbia, effectively creating isolated atmosphere. Unfortunately, the narrative is predictable, sometimes preposterous, with the cardboard characters doing exactly what we know they do. Also, though the acting of Val Kilmer (who appears as a support) is not bad, obviously this is not his best, either.
Not a terrible movie, but not great either, with some nice effects.
This is a pretty dark movie featuring tight direction and good performances. A good horror flick.
Here's something I'm not sure I ever thought I'd see: a movie that shows up on the Chiller network that I hadn't heard about before the Chiller network started advertising it that actually doesn't suck. Don't get me wrong, it's a fur piece from great, but considering this is the station that brought us such unbearable crap as Zombie Town, this isn't a step in the right direction, it's a quantum leap.
In any case, the plot: there's a bunch of scientists and their helpers hanging out in the Arctic Circle headed up by Dr. Kruipen (Val Kilmer), a noted climate scientist and former crazy activist. He's up there with his assistant Jane (Anne Marie DeLuise, recently of the Black Christmas remake), their handyman Ed (Horsemen's John Callender), and their native guide-type person Nuti (Sleep Murder's Lamech Kadloo). They're in the midst of tracking a polar bear when they stumble upon a woolly mammoth encased in ice. Fast-forward two months and three university students are chosen to go up to the site and help them out with their research. They are Atom Galen (Smallville's Aaron Ashmore), Federico Fulce (A History of Violence's Kyle Schmid), and Ling Chen (Dim Sum Funeral's Steph Song, the Sexiest Woman in the World, according to FHM a few years back). There's some history between Fulce and Chen, but we don't know quite what until later in the movie. Also coming with them is Evelyn (Superbad's Martha MacIsaac), Kruipen's daughter, who was expressly warned to stay away but has a thing for not listening to her dad, and the helicopter pilot taking them out to the site, Bart (Hot Tub Time Machine's Viv Leacock).Read more ›
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If you want to sit through a movie with a plot line that is actually a warning for global warming, bad acting, bad script writing and bad graphics, then this is your movie. Read morePublished 13 hours ago by Elizabeth Briick
a bit of a twist, just cheesy enough to be above a B list movie but still good enough to be a "good/shitty" movie. i enjoyed itPublished 5 days ago by lamejane
Not horrible- in a bad way. Definitley some gruesome moments. Well worth a one time view.Published 5 days ago by nightwing67
It's great for what it is and I love these types of movies, but could be better.Published 5 days ago by Sarah
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