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The Thaw
The Thaw
Actors: Val Kilmer, Alexandra Staseson, Brad Dryborough, Greg Rogers, William B. Davis
Director: Mark A. Lewis
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
R     2009     1hr 30min

Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. Release Date: 10/06/2009 Run time: 94 minutes Rating: R


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Actors: Val Kilmer, Alexandra Staseson, Brad Dryborough, Greg Rogers, William B. Davis
Director: Mark A. Lewis
Creators: Mark A. Lewis, Andria Spring, Blake Corbet, Brad Pelman, Ian Goggins, Ki Wight, Michael Lewis
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 10/06/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2009
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

William J. (billystan3) from AUBURN, NY
Reviewed on 11/21/2015...
Two things made this movie viewable over and over again 1) the high quality of acting and 2) the pertinence of the story with some of today's headlines. I'm not a huge or even minute foreign film fan but from the first time I saw this on television until this very moments this film has been a standout. The storyline is well written the actors are very well placed in their individual roles, and it is intense from one scene to the next. This is one horror film that in its due time will go down as a classic and a trend setter. I highly recommend this film to anyone-just not my copy, I'm keeping it. 41/2 out of five stars easily.

Movie Reviews

Creepy, crawly eco-horror
N. Durham | Philadelphia, PA | 10/06/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"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."
Explorator | Los Angeles, CA | 10/10/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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."
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 11/02/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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.