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Below Zero (2011)

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Based on true events, BELOW ZERO is a thriller with a 'Fargo' feel. It is the story of 'Jack the Hack', a less than average, but once successful screenwriter who now faces writer's block. ... See full summary »


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Based on true events, BELOW ZERO is a thriller with a 'Fargo' feel. It is the story of 'Jack the Hack', a less than average, but once successful screenwriter who now faces writer's block. Desperate to meet a career-saving deadline and lock out the distractions of his troubled life, Jack arranges to be left alone and locked inside a meat cooler, with only vegetarian meals and his imagination to inspire him. As the temperature drops, the lines between reality and fiction blur, and Jack's script comes dangerously to life. Will he make the most important deadline of his career? Or is Jack 'just a hack'? While writing the script, the actual screenwriter and producer of BELOW ZERO, Signe Olynyk, arranged to have herself physically locked in the meat freezer of an abandoned, remote slaughterhouse. That's partly how this story developed. It was filmed at the same location. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language and some bloody violence | See all certifications »

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18 September 2011 (Canada)  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)

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Below Zero by name only, this was an ABOVE Average
2 February 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A slow burning thriller. When I found out that this film was written by a writer (Signe Olynyk) who suffered from writer's block and locked herself inside a freezer for 5 days I was instantly drawn in by her commitment to break through her dry spell. This film isn't autobiographical but it does hold some elements of truth to it. Namely the writer Jack (Edward Furlong) locks himself inside a freezer to free himself from writer's block while hoping to come up with a screenplay. Once the film kicks into gear as a member of the audience I had to ask myself why a guy would lock himself in a freezer without a proper toilet to crap in? The second thing I wondered is what Jack would do to his agent once he got out of the freezer. Would he sue his agent? The film deals with none of this. Want to learn about 'hacks' see this; What this film does deal with is what a screenwriter must visually see when the plot out a story. This is done by showing characters and events in the writer's life then being twisted and turned in his story and presented to us. The film has a very nice twist ending that will please the audience by taking them for a ride. Below Zero has snappy dialogue and excellent performances by Edward Furlong, Kristen Booth, and Michael Berryman. This is Edward Furlong's best movie in years. The main thrills come from the parts of the film in Jack's mind that give us nail biting suspense and brutality. It's a low budget slow burner for anyone who is more inclined to a well written dramatic piece instead of action packed horror film. Watch out for writer Signe Olynyk, she is a talent for the future.

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