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The Steam Experiment (2009)

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A deranged scientist locks 6 people in a steam room and threatens to turn up the heat if the local paper doesn't publish his story about global warming.

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Philippe Martinez

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Robert Malkani
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Cast

Credited cast:
Val Kilmer ... Jimmy
Armand Assante ... Detective Mancini
Eric Roberts ... Grant
Megan Brown ... Catherine
Patrick Muldoon ... Christopher
Cordelia Reynolds ... Margaret
Eve Mauro ... Jessie
Quinn Duffy ... Frank
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doug Alchin Doug Alchin ... Lt. Clark
Mark Bonto Mark Bonto ... Newspaper Comedy Writer
Eileen Briesch Eileen Briesch ... Press Staff 1
James Cantrell James Cantrell ... Orderly
Carrie Drazek ... Nurse in Hospital
Julianne Howe-Bouwens Julianne Howe-Bouwens ... Officer Briggs
Mike Karpus Mike Karpus ... Press Staff 3
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A former professor concocts a brutal experiment in order to get the word out on the effects of global warming. By trapping six people in an urban Turkish bathhouse, he vows to overheat his hostages unless his global-warming hypothesis is published on the front page of his local paper. Written by Anonymous

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When he turns up the heat ... they will turn on each other. See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Chaos Experiment See more »

Filming Locations:

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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[first lines]
Grant: This is a *nice* hotel.
Jimmy: Yep. Built in the 1900s by a railroad tycoon for his wife. She was a socialite. Had a lot of friends, liked to entertain.
Grant: Is that a fact.
Jimmy: Yep. Then she died after World War II and was closed for many years. Then a corporation bought it, and now it's being turned into luxury condos.
Grant: Luxury condos... So that's why it's empty, huh?
Jimmy: Yep. Well I'll tell you the truth, Grant, we are the last guests. I bribed the management. They're going to start renovation on ...
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Rather have another migraine than watch this again.
12 January 2010 | by FrepaSee all my reviews

Like someone else said already; you can't blame the actors for the way this movie turned out. If it says in the script to scream 90% of the time without pretty much any reason, you just do so. Apart from the script, what makes this movie one of the most terrible things I have seen so far, is the way it has been "stapled" together. The director has no clue about how to set an atmosphere, the editor has no clue about how to avoid being extremely annoying. Maybe one acceptable thing in this movie was the music,... but even that seemed to be a bit too random and misplaced.

This movie is so terribly slow in every aspect of the word, that it is extremely hard not to stop it without even waiting to see how it ends. I had to watch it with 4 pauses. Not because it was scary or overwhelming, but because it is simply an annoying and time wasting movie. Avoid it, please. Do yourself a favor and go rent an Uwe Boll movie, even those are better than this, and that says a lot.

I still give this movie 2 stars because I admire the actors for not burning the film before it was released.


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