A research expedition to the Arctic discovers that a melting polar ice cap has released a deadly prehistoric parasite.



(screenplay), (screenplay) (as Michael W. Lewis)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Kruipen
Alexandra Staseson ...
Infected Girl
Man With Needle / Fishing Reporter
Webcam Voice (voice)
Anchorwoman (as Brenda M. Crichlow)
Jane (as Anne Marie Deluise)
John Callander ...
Lamech Kadloo ...
Ling Chen
Atom Galen
Evan Adams ...
Professor Anderson


At a remote Arctic research station, four ecology students discover the real horror of global warming is not the melting ice, but what's frozen within it. A prehistoric parasite is released from the carcass of a Woolly Mammoth upon the unsuspecting students who are forced to quarantine and make necessary sacrifices, or risk infecting rest of the world Written by Anagram Pictures

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Rated R for violence, disturbing images, language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 September 2010 (Philippines)  »

Also Known As:

Arctic Outbreak  »

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One version of the dvd uses the title "Frozen" instead of "Thaw". See more »


Vertebrate was misspelled as vertibrate (on Kruipen's notebook) considering Dr. Kruipen was a research scientist. See more »


[first lines]
Dr. Kruipen: My name is David Kruipen. What is sacrifice? What does it mean to make a real difference? Throughout my life and career I have straddled two worlds. Increasingly I have become respected. Increasingly my books and articles are published and read. Increasingly I have been embraced by policymakers and referenced by bureaucrats, but today I realize that I have... misguided myself. Today I rediscovered what I knew when I was young.
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1 April 2013 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

In the near future, climate change (aka "global warming") causes parts of the Arctic to melt. Investigating the effects, environmentally conscious Val Kilmer (as David Kruipen) is startled to discover an intact woolly mammoth is thawing. Other creatures feed on the ancient carcass. A polar bear dies from the experience, and appears to be infected with parasites. "The Thaw" unleashes these creepy crawlers to fester under the skin of other animals, and lay their eggs. The creatures feed on the host body and look around for more. Human flesh is especially tasty. The squeamish should be on high alert...

Before the horrifying danger is clear, four graduate students are selected to observe Mr. Kilmer's expedition...

When his estranged daughter Martha Macisaac (as Evelyn "Evy" Kruipen) decides to go, the count is lowered to three. Joining her are attractive Aaron Ashmore (as Atom Galen), Kyle Schmid (as Federico "Feddy" Fulce) and Steph Song (as Ling Chen). The script should be clearer about how the first student becomes infected. Kilmer isn't on screen much, but helicopter pilot Viv Leacock (as Bart) is part of the group; he should have been included in the opening credits. It all adds up to a surprisingly effective thriller, written and directed Mark A. Lewis; he should be working more. The special and visual effects are excellent.

******* The Thaw (8/30/09) Mark A. Lewis ~ Martha Macisaac, Aaron Ashmore, Kyle Schmid, Steph Song

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