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Hypothermia

2.9 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: MPI Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2012
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006Z7Z3NG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,265 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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Started out as a thriller with much potential. Storyline was good and the acting superb. However, the creature effects were less than desirable. Actually, the creature effects were really, really bad. Once the creature made its appearance, I felt like the movie had moved from an adult thriller to a bad kids movie. Possibly keeping the creature in the abstract might have been better.
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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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So check the comments below and you'll find my initial review of this movie, purely tongue-in-cheek. My honest take is that this a damn fine piece of work from Larry Fessenden's ScareFlix project that brought us Trigger Man, The Roost, I Can See You, Automatons, etc. I love them all!
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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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First off, I liked the monster. He has a few genuine jump scares and he looks cool running at the camera when he's lit with flashlights at night. Michael Rooker seemed very restrained in his actions, almost sedated. People who know his as "Merle" from The Walking Dead would be surprised to see how he behaves here. Not a bad movie at all, shot at an interesting location. I would have liked a little bit more history about the monster, like a scene where the characters sit around and tell stories of local sightings or disappearances, or maybe a flying saucer that takes off at the end.
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