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Writers:
Mark A. Lewis (screenplay) &
Michael Lewis (screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 September 2010 (Philippines) See more »
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Tagline:
This spring, the sacrifice begins... See more »
Plot:
A research expedition to the Arctic discovers that a melting polar ice cap has released a deadly prehistoric parasite. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 13 nominations See more »
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Unrelenting suspense from beginning to end in spite of a few shortcomings See more (58 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Val Kilmer ... Dr. Kruipen
Alexandra Staseson ... Infected Girl

Brad Dryborough ... Man With Needle / Fishing Reporter
Greg Rogers ... Webcam Voice (voice)

William B. Davis ... Ted

Garry Chalk ... Jack

Peter Kelamis ... Mike

Brenda Crichlow ... Anchorwoman (as Brenda M. Crichlow)

Anne Marie DeLuise ... Jane (as Anne Marie Deluise)
John Callander ... Edward
Lamech Kadloo ... Nuti

Kyle Schmid ... Federico Fulce

Steph Song ... Ling Chen

Aaron Ashmore ... Atom Galen
Evan Adams ... Professor Anderson

Sebastian Gacki ... Chad

Martha MacIsaac ... Evelyn (as Martha Macisaac)

Viv Leacock ... Bart

Alejandro Rae ... Rob

Kurt Evans ... Rescue Co-Pilot
Shawn Stone ... Rescue Pilot
Michaela Washburn ... Rescuer Coast Guard

Michael Dobson ... Radio Caller #1 / Radio Caller #2 (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lisa Marie Blair ... Friend #1 (uncredited)
Vanessa Morley ... Student (uncredited)

Zachary Throne ... Dr. David Kruipen (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark A. Lewis 
 
Writing credits
Mark A. Lewis (screenplay) &
Michael Lewis (screenplay) (as Michael W. Lewis)

Produced by
Trent Carlson .... producer
Sidney Chiu .... associate producer
Blake Corbet .... executive producer
Ian Goggins .... executive producer
Stephen Hegyes .... executive producer
Rob Neilson .... producer
Brad Pelman .... executive producer
Andria Spring .... co-producer
Mary Anne Waterhouse .... producer
Ki Wight .... associate producer
Shawn Williamson .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Neilson 
 
Cinematography by
Jan Kiesser (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Rob Neilson 
 
Casting by
Candice Elzinga 
Heidi Levitt 
 
Production Design by
Michael N. Wong  (as Michael Norman Wong)
 
Art Direction by
Chris Stewart 
 
Set Decoration by
Terry Joseph 
 
Costume Design by
Patricia Hargreaves 
 
Makeup Department
David Atherton .... makeup artist: Val Kilmer
Thomas D. Bacho Jr. .... makeup effects: prosthetic artist, MastersFX, Inc. (as Tom Bacho)
Mark Ballou .... makeup effects coordinator: L.A., MastersFX, Inc.
Anthony Allen Barlow .... makeup effects: prosthetic artist, MastersFX, Inc. (as Anthony Barlow)
April Boyes .... key makeup artist
Jeff Chow .... contact lens technician
Joe Colwell .... makeup effects: prosthetic artist, MastersFX, Inc.
Charlene Dunn .... assistant hairdresser
Jack Firman .... makeup effects: prosthetic artist, MastersFX, Inc.
Maiko 'Mo' Gomyo .... makeup effects: prosthetic artist, MastersFX, Inc. (as Maiko Gomyo)
Maiko 'Mo' Gomyo .... special makeup effects artist
Terry Hanson .... hair stylist
Richard Kohlen .... assistant hairdresser
Todd Masters .... designer: MastersFX, Inc.
Todd Masters .... prosthetic makeup effects
Todd Masters .... supervisor: MastersFX, Inc.
Tana Lynn Moldovanos .... assistant makeup artist
Yukiyo Okajima .... makeup effects: prosthetic artist, MastersFX, Inc. (as Yukio Okajima)
Sarah Pickersgill .... makeup effects: prosthetic artist, MastersFX, Inc.
Nicholas Podbrey .... makeup effects coordinator: MastersFX, Inc.
Werner Pretorius .... makeup effects: prosthetic artist, MastersFX, Inc.
Joe Reader .... makeup effects: prosthetic artist, MastersFX, Inc. (as Joseph Reader)
Dan Rebert .... supervisor: MastersFX, Inc.
Lori Sandnes .... makeup effects: prosthetic artist, MastersFX, Inc.
Jason Ward .... makeup effects: prosthetic artist, MastersFX, Inc.
Vince Yoshida .... makeup effects: prosthetic artist, MastersFX, Inc.
 
Production Management
Rob Neilson .... post-production supervisor
Tracey Renyard .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stacy Fish .... first assistant director
Julie Hemmerling .... second assistant director
Trevor Ralph .... third assistant director
Jody Ryan .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Marty Adamski .... carpenter
Jean Brophey .... set dresser
Joshua Cockerham .... on-set carpenter
Sandrina Crow .... set dresser
Rob Dampier .... construction foreman
Lorne Devine .... set dresser
Christopher di Armani .... assistant property master
Matthew L. Eisenhauer .... scenic carpenter
Joshua Gauthier .... scenic painter
Melanie Haines .... art department coordinator
Melanie Haines .... graphics
Robert Houtman .... sculptor
Geoff Jordan .... lead metal fabricator
Clive Joslin .... carpenter
Jesse Joslin .... construction coordinator
Todd Keller .... on-set dresser
Rick Kramer .... lead greensman
Gordon Bud Lancaster .... scenic artist (as Gordon Lancaster)
Steven Lay .... carpenter
Randy MacKenzie .... paint foreman
Sergio Mattei .... lead dresser
Curt Maze .... set dresser
Keith McCulloch .... head carpenter
John McIntosh .... head greens
Tom McKinnon .... scenic artist
Nathalie Morin .... assistant set decorator
Sandra Nieuwenhuijsen .... art department coordinator
Sandra Nieuwenhuijsen .... graphics
Rowena O'Connor .... props buyer
Robert Pratt .... storyboard artist
Trevor Purvis .... set dresser
Karl Rempel .... set dresser
Barry Rennie .... foreman
Myron Ruth .... set dec buyer
Charlie Schrodt .... set dresser
Dan Snelgrove .... carpenter
Norm Spence .... scenic artist
Isaac Terpstra .... set dresser
Ric Walkington .... property master
Scotty Whittman .... lead greensman
John Wilcox .... paint coordinator
Renata Zaleska .... props buyer
 
Sound Department
Ian Emberton .... re-recording mixer
Matt Hovland .... adr mixer
Roger Morris .... dialogue editor
Gina Mueller .... dialogue editor
Miguel Nunes .... re-recording mixer
Miguel Nunes .... sound designer
Craig Stauffer .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Don Besse .... special effects
Robert Paller .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Tom Archer .... digital compositor
Romain Bayle .... digital matte painter
Pauline Burns .... visual effects producer
Ryan Cronin .... senior animator
Chris Doll .... visual effects artist
Brandon Hines .... compositor
Jeremy Hoey .... digital matte painter
Nick Hsieh .... lead compositor: Atmosphere
Andrew Karr .... CGI supervisor
Jeremy Kehler .... digital compositor
Daniel Osaki .... modeler
Michael Ranalletta .... compositing supervisor
Mark T. Reid .... digital compositor
Claudio Sepulveda .... digital intermediate colorist
Perry Hyunwoo Sohn .... track/matchmove artist
Toby Taplin .... visual effects supervisor
James Tichenor .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Kirk Jarrett .... stunt coordinator
Jon Kralt .... stunt performer
Dwayne Wiley .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brittany D. Allan .... grip
Paul Arnel .... best boy
Melissa Beaupre .... grip
Monty Black .... generator operator
Geoff Dane .... lighting technician
Derek Harding .... lamp operator
Rayne Holloway .... best boy
David Kershaw .... dolly grip
Ryan Ketchum .... best boy: on set
Alex Kuchera .... grip
John Kuchera .... key grip
Leon Lechance .... grip
Nathan McTague .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Tony Mirza .... camera operator: "b" camera
Wil Parrott .... grip
Diyah Pera .... still photographer
Troy J. Peters .... gaffer
Dana Powers .... lighting technician (as Dana Wutzke)
Sasha Proctor .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Rob Sperling .... grip (as Robert Sperling)
Jeremy Spofford .... second assistant camera
Gary Stamford .... set wireman
Pieter Stathis .... camera operator
Brian Steadman .... grip
James Swanson .... set wireman
James Sward .... rigging
Katie Weekley .... second assistant camera
David Yeung .... second assistant camera
 
Animation Department
Louis Leung .... animator
 
Casting Department
Chad Belair .... background casting
Lauren Fernandes .... casting associate
James Forsyth .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Anshelm .... truck costumer
Grace Keating .... costumer (as Grace M. Anderson)
Audrey Wong .... assistant costume designer
Audrey Wong .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Ken MacKenzie .... imaging technician
Rob Neilson .... on-line editor
Martin Ostrom .... laboratory technician
Evan Warner .... first assistant editor
Attila .... editing assistance (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Clayton Carroll .... assistant location manager
Trina Ogryzek .... location scout
Chris Wilson .... location manager
 
Music Department
Marc Baril .... orchestrator
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
Alexandra Hill .... music supervision executive
Don Mann .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Ron Aimer .... driver
Ron Aimer .... driver: cast
Stephen Cholakis .... driver
Louie Hausner .... transportation captain
Wally Janzen .... driver: special equipment
Billy McRobbie .... driver (as William J. Mcrobbie)
Al Parisien .... driver: special equipment
John Parisien .... driver: special equipment
John Pickford .... driver
Robert Quayle .... driver: special equipment
Herinder Sidhu .... driver: special equipment
Jason Swetlikoe .... driver
Jason Swetlikoe .... driver: cast
John Swetlikoe .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Craig Andrushko .... production office assistant
Charlene Belleau .... liaison: Alkali Lake
Jahpa Belleau .... liaison: Alkali Lake
Michelle E. Bond .... production assistant (as Michelle Nieken)
Luke Bradshaw .... script supervisor daily
Paul Burke .... personal trainer: Val Kilmer
Nick Calderone .... stand-in
Morley Cruikshank .... assistant production coordinator
Jane Davidson .... payroll assistant
Kyle Doig .... animal trainer
Dawn Dumas .... animal trainer
Mark Dumas .... animal trainer
Debra Fallek .... assistant production coordinator
Dustin Floyd .... production assistant
Rob Fournier .... armorer
Michael Grand .... producer asst
Michael Grand .... producer asst
Georgina Grinder .... liaison: Alkali Lake
Gordon Grinder .... liaison: Alkali Lake
Tamara Harland .... production assistant
Stacey Harris .... production coordinator
Chris Hebert .... medical/first aid
Alexandra Hill .... music supervision executive
Jeff Holloway .... unit publicist
Jeffrey Hornung .... assistant to director
Vivien Hulbert .... production assistant
Danielle Jasinski .... stand-in
Irvine Johnson .... liaison: Alkali Lake
Lillie Johnson .... liaison: Alkali Lake
Ally Kimura .... production office intern
Margo MacPherson .... assistant to producer
David Magee .... production coordinator
Jessie McAllan .... director of operations
Lauren McCarthy .... assistant: Val Kilmer
Natalie Montoya .... stand-in
Jennifer Osborne .... production coordinator (as Jennifer Aichholz)
David Pollison .... acquisitions for Ghost House Underground
Alison Rasberry .... assistant accountant (as Alison Low)
Sheryl Rhodes .... production coordinator
Robert Robbins Jr. .... liaison: Alkali Lake
Dylan Rockandel .... production assistant
Melissa Ruffle .... production accountant
Julie Stangeland .... production office intern
Stephanie Swedlove .... assistant: Mr. Hegyes
Michaela Washburn .... liaison: Alkali Lake
Travis Worthington .... production assistant
Attila .... office assistant (uncredited)
Cherie Smid .... animal trainer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Jenn Lee .... the producers wish to thank
Zev Tiefenbach .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Parasites" - Philippines (English title)
"Arctic outbreak" - Norway (English title) (DVD title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence, disturbing images, language and brief sexuality
Runtime:
Germany:90 min | USA:90 min
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Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The movie is inspired by the real concern of global warming unveiling ancient lethal supervira. Numerous different giant vira has already been discovered by scientists in the Siberian permafrost.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Vertebrate was misspelled as vertibrate (on Kruipen's notebook) considering Dr. Kruipen was a research scientist.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Soundtrack:
Nobody Knows The Trouble I've SeenSee more »

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26 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Unrelenting suspense from beginning to end in spite of a few shortcomings, 23 October 2009
Author: ap-59 from Germany

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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