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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Kruipen
Infected Girl
Man With Needle / Fishing Reporter
Greg Rogers ...
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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This spring, the sacrifice begins... See more »

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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Did You Know?


During his time as a teacher at the Center for Arts and Technology Director Mark A. Lewis used parts of his screenplay for The Thaw in his Directing the Actor class. 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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Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
Vocals Performed by Bory Woodward
Arranged and Produced by Matthew Rogers and Patrick Bramall
Courtesy of Thaw Productions Inc.
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Unrelenting suspense from beginning to end in spite of a few shortcomings
23 October 2009 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Somewhere near the arctic circle scientists happen upon a mammoth, frozen in the ice. As it turns out the age-old creature itself maybe dead, but inside the mammoth there's something very alive...

"The Thaw" is following in the footsteps of "The Thing" (isolation scenario) and "Slither" (disgusting bugs). Clearly showing its low budget the movie still manages to get all its effects good enough to be convincing and its mostly unknown acting-ensemble pulls off their respective characters nicely. Val Kilmer does an OK job - something to be considered a pleasant surprise these days. If you are a fan of his, know that Kilmer gets only little screen time.

To me "The Thaw" really delivered. Just like "Splinter" it's one of those small productions that make you shiver and cringe by what you see on screen as much as by making you imagine how it would be to be confronted with the horrors they show you. Instead of "Highlight-Reel-Slashing" and a scare now and then you get constant terror till the end and a depressingly desperate and hopeless scenario.

Was everything great about "The Thaw"? No. But all it's shortcomings never hinder the emotional impact of the movie which is what I think movies are all about. I think the prominent (pushy) Global Warming theme of the movie has put some viewers off so much that they don't give this little gem enough credit.

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