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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:
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
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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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2.35 : 1
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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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Thaw...Not Exactly Chilling.
12 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

It had some brief moments of entertainment, but overall it was Luke warm at best. The producers must've blown their budget on hiring Val Kilmer to fill some dead spots in the movie. Kilmer kind of walks through this movie and plays a dopey doc that wants these parasites to infest mankind just to make a point about global warming. Supposedly this movie takes place very cold (or somewhere in Canada.) Unfortunately, there isn't a lick of smoke we can see exiting their mouths in a supposed subzero climate. As a matter of fact, there was barely a drop of snow to be seen anywhere. Oh yeah, global warming. Throw in a bunch of 30 something year old grad students that are supposedly the most brilliant of their class and viola! LOL! Whoever the actress was that played Kilmer's daughter, should be given a Golden Turkey award for most pathetic portrayal of a confused daughter to a wacky mad scientist. I mean bad!! This movie delivers thrills for a buck at Red Box, but it's not worth a penny more.

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