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The Thaw (2009)

Val Kilmer , Alexandra Staseson , Mark A. Lewis  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Val Kilmer, Alexandra Staseson, Brad Dryborough, Greg Rogers, William B. Davis
  • Directors: Mark A. Lewis
  • Writers: Mark A. Lewis, Michael Lewis
  • Producers: Andria Spring, Blake Corbet, Brad Pelman, Ian Goggins, Ki Wight
  • 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: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: October 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002I41KN2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,124 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Thaw" on IMDb

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When a renowned environmental advocate, Dr. David Kruipen (Val Kilmer), discovers the carcass of a woolly mammoth in a polar ice cap, he leads a team of four bright ecology students in a research mission at a remote Arctic station. The group uncovers information beyond their wildest dreams...and nightmares when a prehistoric parasite revives and searches for a new warm-blooded host. Now infected, the unsuspecting students are forced to choose between a quarantine that will result in their death or a global epidemic.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY ENTERTAINING! A DECENT MIDNIGHT MOVIE! October 10, 2009
This movie was quite a satisfying 'isolation / paranoia / suspense / gore' movie! It's not a classic but it is very well done and should meet (and in some cases exceed) viewers' expectations. Inevitable comparisons to John Carpenter's 'The Thing' will arise (and indeed the initial setup is similar to 'The Thing'), but hopefully people won't attack this film because of that, as that wouldn't be entirely fair. The movie plays out differently than 'The Thing' and some of the sequences are truly unnerving in their own right. There is a major 'squirm' factor that permeates the movie with the parasites really 'getting under your skin' during some of the more disturbing infestation shots. It remains sufficiently suspenseful and unpredictable all the way to the satisfying conclusion. Val Kilmer is great as the obsessed scientist but he isn't in the movie very much, however this isn't a hinderance to the movie because the rest of the cast are quite capable themselves. The 'making of' documentary is entertaining and reveals many scenes that were apparently more difficult to shoot than they appeared in the film. Overall it was exactly the kind of movie I was expecting. Not a classic but very good and entertaining.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Creepy, crawly eco-horror October 6, 2009
The Ghost House Underground line of direct-to-DVD releases continues for a second year, only this time around we only get four films compared to last year's eight. The most notable of which is The Thaw, which boasts some pretty decent production values and some chilling scares as well. Martha MacIsaac (Superbad and The Last House on the Left) stars as the daughter of an environmental scientist (Val Kilmer) who accompanies a small group of students to a remote location where her father has discovered a well-preserved frozen woolly mammoth, and the parasitic bugs that lay dormant inside it as well. Naturally, it isn't long before said bugs are on the loose and spreading. Packed with gross-out moments and some brief shots of gorgeous cinematography, The Thaw is surprisingly good and definitely creepy. It doesn't offer anything you haven't seen before in any random horror flick, but for what it's worth, The Thaw is worth a look.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CREEPY November 2, 2009
This is one creepy movie! Set in a desolate Canadian landscape, THE THAW is a warning about global warming and how it might just affect mankind. An eco-research team led by a dauntless Val Kilmer uncover a thawed mammoth that is host to a virulent vertebral parasite that quickly devours its hosts. Enter three students and Kilmer's daughter and let the "fun" begin. The bugs which look like big earwigs soon start their attack and it's relentlessly disturbing.
This is a pretty dark movie featuring tight direction and good performances. A good horror flick.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Digging in the sandbox of time November 5, 2009
Digging up things in the artic sometimes yields unexpected results. The mammoths we find, for example, show us exactly what the past might have looked like, just as the bodies of people have done for us in the past. Still, there have to be things that would be better off lef to the snowdrifts, and what if one of hose were dug up and found? Could we close Pandora's box before it closed the worldwide chapter on this thing we call humanity? This seems to be the paradox that we might one day be faced with as we take pick and shovel to the snow, not really thinking about something nightmarish that could have been left behind.

As far as movies go, this is nothing new. It involves an outbreak in an isolated community, people trying to cope with the impact on themselves and on the world around hem, and just what they are willing to give up in order to stay alive. The problem the movie has is the fact that some of it is unbelievable and that it has been done over and over: the part that is hard to comprehend is the rate at which the "thing" spreads from person to person, and the overdone part is something that is bothersome because it shows just how much movies rely on plot recycling. Add to this some bad acting, some deaths that are horrible but that should have numbered in the "everyone" category (really, if you look at the station the people were in, you can see how easily it would be for something like this to get out and get everyone), and how the entire area that the dig as in would be considered a death zone. This sort of gets left on the backburner and leaves major holes in the story, but the movie is a B-movie in disguise and is hard to blame for these mistakes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly, not nearly as awful as I feared. August 6, 2010
The Thaw (Mark A. Lewis, 2009)

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).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Power 10 creepy skin crawling good Horror
Published 25 days ago by Samuel G Yamamoto
1.0 out of 5 stars I received a version with a continentcode that cannot be ...
I received a version with a continentcode that cannot be used in The Netherlands. So I wasn't able to view the movie.
Published 27 days ago by Jan Smit
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok story, so-so acting.
Is ok the first time, but if you have the Syfy channel, see it there.
Published 1 month ago by Hawk
4.0 out of 5 stars I've got the heebee jeebees!!
Despite not being a fan of Val, i really enjoyed this when he wasn't around.
Published 1 month ago by D. L. Castillo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good "B" flick.
Published 2 months ago by Jerry H. Crabtree
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Not your average horror movie. No blood and gore and little action yet it held my interest enough to keep watching. For a low budget film it was shot and acted quite well. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rob
3.0 out of 5 stars Liked It
This was a great thriller but if you do not like bugs it is not for you. I received it in a week from when I ordered it.
Published 8 months ago by Ciara Berry
4.0 out of 5 stars good actors
the kind of movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat and won't let you fall asleep for a while.
Published 9 months ago by Gary Martinez
1.0 out of 5 stars Slump for Kilmer
Val Kilmer has done some great acting over the years but this movie contains none of it. Not sure if he owed the producer a favour or what but this movie is weak. Read more
Published 10 months ago by J.J. Juicy Eyes
3.0 out of 5 stars Watchable....but nothing special.
Love me some Val and Kyle, really...I do. It;s the only reason to finish this film. It had potential to be really scary, it just wasn't. I do not know why. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bonita Blackwell
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