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Suspended Animation (2001)

Not Rated | | Thriller | 25 December 2001 (USA)
Animator Thomas Kempton gets more than he bargained for when a snowmobile trip turns to terror in the wilds of Northern Michigan. Held prisoner by two cannibalistic sisters who try ... See full summary »


John D. Hancock (as John Hancock)


Dorothy Tristan (novel), Dorothy Tristan (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex McArthur ... Tom Kempton
Rebecca Harrell Tickell ... Hilary Kempton
Laura Esterman Laura Esterman ... Vanessa Boulette
Sage Allen Sage Allen ... Ann Boulette
Fred Meyers ... Sandor Hansen
Daniel Riordan ... Jack Starr (as Dan Riordan)
Jeff Puckett ... Cliff Modjeska
Maria Cina ... Clara Hansen
J.E. Freeman ... Philip Boulette
Sean Patrick Murphy ... Fred Phelps
Daniel Mooney Daniel Mooney ... Arnold Mann
Gary J. Mion Gary J. Mion ... Sheriff Montaigne
Joe Forbrich ... Coroner / Production Manager (as Joseph Forbrich)
Robert Breuler ... Dr. Leo Sagan
Denise Bohn Denise Bohn ... Correspondence 1


Animator Thomas Kempton gets more than he bargained for when a snowmobile trip turns to terror in the wilds of Northern Michigan. Held prisoner by two cannibalistic sisters who try unsuccessfully to add him to their long list of victims, Tom becomes obsessed with tracking down his captor's long lost daughter. The ensuing drama becomes perfect material for Tom's latest Hollywood screenplay, inevitably luring one cannibal sister back to her original prey. Written by <filmacre@netnitco.net>

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Most of the main actors had little or no experience operating a snowmobile. They underwent days of training before filming began. See more »


References The Lion King (1994) See more »

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Something of a hotch potch
29 July 2006 | by alicespiralSee all my reviews

What struck me was the remarkable similarity of Fred McArthur-who played animator Tom Kempton-to Gene Kelly both in looks and voice. Its a typical film of today's horror genre where everything is thrown in and you get the impression they never knew how to end it. The cannibal theme was quite interesting but rather pointless as we only saw a pair of women who talked about it.Kemton,by this time tied to a wheelchair and pleading to be set free,suddenly found himself minus a finger as one of the mad sisters chopped it off.Later when he was rescued by his snowmmobiling buddies who'd gone ahead of him,the finger was "reattached" with sticking plaster though you had to assume he later went to a hospital. Placing Kempton there in the first place was the stock plot of going to the house for help after he crashed his machine Here though is where the story began to go haywire as the animator makes a film based on the mad sisters-he'd previously promised to put them in the movies if they let him go!! Next up comes a meeting with a woman who turns out to be the adopted daughter of the youngest sister-she agrees to be a model for Kempton's next production.She in turn has a son who gives insanity a bad meaning and hes suspected of being a serial killer when Kempton discovers a pile of rings presumably trophies kept from his victims. Its not really that frightening when you think of what happens in real life but if you watch this movie don't blink too much or you may lose the plot! The ending was the kind thats been used over and over again-the villains are presumably killed but still keep coming back.we have the landrover which gets bogged down in the mud-as a variation to being unable to start-and you think no way would Gene Kelly have played in a film like this-he would probably have found it difficult keeping up with the plot!

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Release Date:

25 December 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

LaPorte, Indiana, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,285, 2 November 2003

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Production Co:

Filmacres See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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