Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The cheesy, B-movie, monsterfest is quite frankly a lost 'art' form. Oh, bring me back to the days of Roger Corman and dudes stomping around in rubber suits! Enter Hypothermia, a fun-filled flick that harkens back to those days and it features some neat practical effects to boot.
A family of three are out vacationing on a secluded frozen lake. Their time honored tradition of ice fishing is the main reason why they've come together. Led by dear ol' dad (Michael Rooker), the gang can't wait to get started with what seems like a miserable event. People actually do this? At the same time, they're celebrating the college graduation of their son and his girlfriend who is also tagging along.
Ice fishing is in full swing but their peaceful day is interrupted by a trailer towing madman who's blaring heavy metal music and driving like a maniac on the ice which has already revealed some soft spots. The middle aged man is out with his older son, boozing it up and looking to catch some fish themselves. But they aren't roughing it quite as much as our family as their trailer is fully pimped out with custom mechanized drills and fishing lines. The pair make friends with the family despite being a little obnoxious.
Of course our happy fun times are spoiled by the arrival of a creature who's residing within the frozen lake. At first, a few darts under the ice and our patient fishers think it to be nothing more than a 'big' catch. But then the monster attacks and lashes out, severely wounding one of the group members and sure enough, all hell breaks lose. To further complicate matters, this thing leaves one nasty bit of itself behind every time it attacks and toys with an injured victim. As our story progresses, tough decisions need to be made as our group gets thinner and thinner and someone needs to get back to the family's cabin to call for help.
Combine great practical effects, solid acting (read: it's not your typical b-movie goofiness), and a pretty cool creature design, and you've got a recipe for a great time. And to top off the sundae with a nice cherry is a well timed scare you don't see coming. What more could you ask for in a fun monster flick? Sure some might find it all a bit cheesy, but they just don't make films like this anymore. So kudos to filmmaker James Felix McKenney (Satan Hates You) for taking a big risk. It pays off.
The film is currently available through Dark Sky Films (The Innkeepers, Stake Land) and through the filmmaker's website:
Cortez the Killer