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In this classic retro horror thriller, Sam, an aspiring writer, takes a job as a clerk in an L.A. inner city grocery market owned by the sinister Dr. Munoz, a former scientist who claims to... See full summary »

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Serge Rodnunsky

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H.P. Lovecraft (short story "Cool Air"), Serge Rodnunsky
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Calabro ... Sam
Ashley Laurence ... Maria
Shaun Kurtz Shaun Kurtz ... Dr. Munoz
James Russo ... Detective Defazio
Victor Grant Victor Grant ... Tre
Clark Moore ... Tor
Barbara Gruen ... Mrs. Herrero
Adam Vincent ... Steven
Chad Nadolski ... Dr. Torres
Drew Nye ... Michael
Drew Mia Drew Mia ... Monica (as Andrew Mia)
Heidi Holland Heidi Holland ... Tina
Rich Finley ... Officer Arnold Roberts
Doug Friedman Doug Friedman ... Paul
Eddie Moffett Eddie Moffett ... Mick
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In this classic retro horror thriller, Sam, an aspiring writer, takes a job as a clerk in an L.A. inner city grocery market owned by the sinister Dr. Munoz, a former scientist who claims to have a rare skin condition that forces him to live in sub-freezing temperatures. Meanwhile, Sam befriends an attractive neighborhood boutique owner Maria and becomes unwittingly entwined in a threatening love triangle when she reveals that ex-boyfriend Detective Defazio, who is investigating the recent disappearance of two local prostitutes, is stalking her. But it's what Sam doesn't know that might prove more fatal. A darker, diabolical secret lurks behind the freezer walls of his newfound employment. Sam is horrified when he discovers that Munoz died some time ago, but has kept himself alive through occult measures and the flesh that he harvests from his kidnapped victims. With Defazio off track in his investigation, Sam becomes captive in this house of horrors. Time is running out and he must ... Written by Rojak Films

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Frozen Cold Fear. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for violent and disturbing content, some sexuality, nudity and brief language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cool Air See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Not really bad, just not good
10 November 2007 | by matches81See all my reviews

This film left me confused. The story's not bad in itself, reminded me a bit of Re-Animator, but that's not a bad thing at all. Also, the acting was better than I expected for most parts. Some of the characters behave really really odd though, especially the detective guy. That is THE most irrational cop (or character overall) I've ever seen in a film, and this time it's a bad thing. Most of the dialogs are pretty annoying, too: Most of the time you only see the face of one character filling the screen saying his line, then the next character filling the screen saying his line. It's surprising how rarely you actually see the two or more characters taking part in the dialog in one shot. That made the dialogs really stale and sometimes painful to watch. The overall editing wasn't too bad, with some exceptions where a cut left me totally clueless what's going on. I also got the feeling that some important things were left out. This movie's budget must have been incredibly small. The special FX that are used in the ending of the movie would have been a shame in the early 80s, now they're not even funny anymore. The rest of the effects (make-up effects) aren't bad. So the only scene where the effects are really awful is at the very end of the movie. One thing that was bad throughout the movie was the music: I mean, yeah, eerie is one quality music in a horror movie should have... sometimes. But the music should fit the movie, not just be eerie all the time, even when the "eerie" moment is long gone. The only exception here to eerie music is no music. Most sound effects sound out of place, too.

This comment probably sounds worse than the movie actually is. It's not that bad and if you've got nothing better to do and nothing else to watch you might watch this, but if you're not used to low budget films you might have a tough time watching it to the end.


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