Avalanche (1994 TV Movie)
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It is notable seeing the Knight Rider hero playing a nefarious villain, terrorizing a quiet family and forcing them to help him find jewels in the mountains. It is pretty exciting to see how the Kemp Family attempt to get themselves out of Snyder's trap.
The acting was so-so, pretty campy at times. But, the plot is fast-paced and full of suspense - from the avalanche to the fight for survival. All in all, not a bad TV thriller.
And the scene at the very end with the bloody jeep was the most irresponsible thing I've seen a supposedly heroic parent do in a movie. The chances of them getting out of there after he'd collapsed the whole bleeding cabin on top of their heads were negligible. It was a complete fluke that the son found them as he did.
Only worth watching for Hasselhoff's incredible performance that has to go down in motion picture history as one of the most outrageous portrayal of an obsessed and out of control lunatic ever put on film.
Taking off from Russia with a load of cut diamonds worth millions Duncon after gunning down the Russian Major, George Joseph, who tried to double-cross him, which was understandable, later shoots his partner Whitney (Dons Davis), while in the air over mountainous Alaska. Whitney who saved Duncon's neck by risking his life flying him out of Russia and preventing Duncon from facing a Russian firing squad or a lifetime stay in sunny and beautiful Siberia got just what he deserved by trusting a lunatic like him.
Duncons brainless action in gunning down his partner and then having the plane crash into a snow-covered Alaskan mountain range cause an avalanche that almost cost him his life and lead to Duncon being rescued by the Kemp's, Brian Max & Dee, whom he dropped into their snow-covered cabin frozen stiff and almost dead. Brought back to life by the kind-hearted and caring Kemps Duncon instead of being grateful in them saving his good for nothing life instead tries to manipulate them into digging the wrong way out of the snow covered cabin, down instead of up, in order to find his stash of stolen diamonds, that he hid in a camera. Eager to get his hands on the hot ice, diamonds, Duncon plans to murder the Kemps and take off after he finds them. It takes a while for Brian to realize what a dangerous psycho this Duncon really is as he started to notice one or more looses crews, in Duncon's head, out of whack but by then it was almost too late for him as well as Max & Dee to stop the wild and crazy guy.
Avalanche is one of those movie that you just can't turn off, no matter how bad and ridicules it is, with David Hesselhoff not knowing just what he's supposed to be or do in it. At one point in the movie I thought that Hesselhoff had so much trouble keeping a straight face acting, either like a deranged psycho or a mentally challenged Forrest Gump-type, that he must have been hypnotized like the claustrophobic Bela Lugosi was, in his being locked in a closet episode in "Black Friday", so that he wouldn't crack up and thus blow the entire scene!
I have to say that in this movie I was in a way rooting for the bad guy, Duncon Syndner. Duncon who besides being completely out of his bird took about the worst beating I've ever seen anyone take, and still survive, in a movie and that includes the indestructible Jason in all of the more then half dozen Friday the 13th movies that he was in. I know millions of bad movie lovers, like myself, hope and pray that Duncon or David Hassehpff would somehow come back, from the frozen dead, in a sequel to entertain us for just one more time!
Don't read on if you don't want a spoiler. I need it for rhetorical effect only. It is my hope that you will not see the film, though the only reason you would probably be reading this is if you have. Either way, you probably won't mind the following spoiler.
Tragically, they all get out of the avalanche at the end, although I think they kill Hasselhoff but he'll probably just be raised from the dead again. Don't see this horrible picture.
Well, 10 years later & I finally get to see it. Its pretty decent for a made-4-TV movie. The cast is good, well, Mr. Hasselhoff seemed a bit off. He had that cool killer stare, but he's not much a villain. He was still an evil, evil man. I got a good laugh out of it.
David also seem to have that Fri. the 13th/Jason syndrome in the movie. HE JUST WOULDN'T DIE!!
I would have died laughing, if in the end, the camera pans down to the snow & we see a David's bloody hand come out from the snow & we hear him scream, "BRIAN!!!"
Brian was played by Michael Gross, a very good actor. I've enjoyed him from the TREMORS movies.
I say, this is worth seeing just to see David Hasselhoff ham it up as the villain after his precious jewels. I should try to find a copy of this on Ebay, hoping its available in America on VHS or DVD.