Infestation horror, with a global warming message, regarding
prehistoric parasites which are unleashed after a woolly mammoth is
unearthed by melted ice on a Canadian Arctic island infecting a
research team(..led by Val Kilmer as a famous ecologist known for his
vocal outcry towards mankind's awareness and acknowledgment of our
treatment of Mother Earth). The lives of students who accept an
invitation from Dr. David Kruipen(Kilmer)and their helicopter pilot
will become endangered once they land at the research center. Also,
along for the trip is Kruipen's estranged daughter Evelyn(Martha
MacIsaac). The students include Atom Galen(Aaron Ashmore), whose father
is an oil man as ironic as it may seem, Federico(Kyle Schmid), with a
phobia towards bugs of any kind, and Ling Chen(Steph Song). When the
kids find a dead polar bear and the research cabin empty, they will
soon discover to their horror parasitical "vertebrae" which enter the
skin and lay eggs, multiplying at an alarming rate. Pilot Bart(Viv
Leacock)is bit while posing over the dead polar bear for a picture and
Ling is infected while having sex with Feddy(Federico's pet name)on the
floor. When Kruipen's assistant Dr. Jane Sanders(Anne Marie
DeLuise)returns from their camp worse for wear, the group will see
firsthand what the parasites do to human hosts, as victims vomit as
their insides become overrun by hatching eggs, with skin irritations
soon evolving into open sores..it isn't too long before those infected
are devoured carcasses spilling forth hundreds upon hundreds of
parasites. Can those uninfected escape before the parasites get to them
and was there an ulterior motive by Kruipen, frustrated by the
unwillingness of an uncaring world towards helping their environment
better itself after mankind's treatment over many years of pollution
and other factors?
Not bad for it's type, "The Thaw" is pretty much still a terror tale
whose threat are hatched bugs which could become a global nightmare if
released from their isolated quarantine.
The cast is actually pretty solid, although Val Kilmer's part is
relatively small. Instead Ashmore(Smallville)and MacIsaac's young
characters are the center voices of reason/calm as Schmid's Federico
loses control when it's confirmed that he is infected in his penis, and
Song's Ling is steadily becoming more diseased..interesting choice,
deciding instead to focus the developing story around young people,
witnessing how they respond to a crisis of such magnitude. I will just
say this, if you are terrified of the mere sight of creepy crawlies
scurrying about, and into open wounds on the skin, make sure not to pop
this bad boy in the DVD player.
"The Thaw" also features the unpleasant sight of how the flesh responds
negatively to infection, including a decision to chop off an arm that
doesn't end well for the recipient(..we see that it isn't so easy to
lop off an arm with one swipe of a cleaver). "The Thaw", I believe,
will accomplish it's goal to make your skin crawl..if that is what you
so desire, check this flick out. Released by GhostHouse Underground..
anyasg1 watch Blade II movie
woaw i hate bugs.
angelchloie watch The Education Of Charlie Banks movie
its seeding, thanks.
Unrelenting suspense from beginning to end in spite of a few shortcomings
Somewhere near the arctic circle scientists happen upon a mammoth,
frozen in the ice. As it turns out the age-old creature itself maybe
dead, but inside the mammoth there's something very alive...
"The Thaw" is following in the footsteps of "The Thing" (isolation
scenario) and "Slither" (disgusting bugs). Clearly showing its low
budget the movie still manages to get all its effects good enough to be
convincing and its mostly unknown acting-ensemble pulls off their
respective characters nicely. Val Kilmer does an OK job - something to
be considered a pleasant surprise these days. If you are a fan of his,
know that Kilmer gets only little screen time.
To me "The Thaw" really delivered. Just like "Splinter" it's one of
those small productions that make you shiver and cringe by what you see
on screen as much as by making you imagine how it would be to be
confronted with the horrors they show you. Instead of
"Highlight-Reel-Slashing" and a scare now and then you get constant
terror till the end and a depressingly desperate and hopeless scenario.
Was everything great about "The Thaw"? No. But all it's shortcomings
never hinder the emotional impact of the movie which is what I think
movies are all about. I think the prominent (pushy) Global Warming
theme of the movie has put some viewers off so much that they don't
give this little gem enough credit..