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The Thaw

I now declare that "environmental horror movies" will be at the forefront of this genre from now until the polar ice caps melt. Tapping into this market should be interesting because exploiting the fear that our world will slowly die because we are diminishing our resources, will be overshadowed by the message that humans will be eaten alive by some unearthed, prehistoric parasite that has been hibernating inside Woolly Mammoths. The formula is set, so all the writers need to do is pick a location for the horrors to unfold.

If you've been reading my reviews you may already know that the quintessential plot point for a horror movie is to get the characters inside something; a house, a spaceship a train, boat, etc.

In the case of The Thaw it is a once frozen island that is slowly melting (thanks industry smokestacks) to reveal prehistoric creatures and the parasites within them. These creatures can survive thousands of years for some reason, lay eggs and seek hosts.

A neon twist at the end of the film reveals why a group of students have come to this isolated area , but fails to explain their motivations for being there.

Again, Splinter is my choice for anyone wanting to see a horror film of this nature done right. That's not to say The Thaw is bad. It will definitely get your skin crawling and satisfy your need for late night popcorn and an uneasy feeling. The creatures resemble silverfish and burrow into the skin. The females lay eggs and, voila! Flesh eating Larvae.

If you've never seen the show Monsters Inside Me (http://animal.discovery.com/videos/m...neak-peek.html) you don't know what creeped-out really is. I suggest a viewing if you dare.

The acting in The Thaw is not that bad. Lead, Evelyn (Martha MacIsaac), has that Dorothy speaking to Toto voice that takes out some of the urgency of the situation. Val Kilmer is on screen about ten minutes and grunts his lines like he just got out of bed.

Overall The Thaw isn't bad. Brought to you by Ghost House Pictures and "hand selected" by Sam Raimi, the film will not scare you into recycling, but may make you forget the plot is recycled until that last, scaaarry, question mark ending.