Low budget and very creepy ...
- Chill review by NP
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This is a low budget film. Let's get that out of the way. Taking it's storyline from HP Lovecraft's Cool Air, it concerns a scientist's means of extending life which becomes more and more grisly as the film progresses.
To begin with, various plot threads are presented one after the other, and this serves to intrigue rather than confuse. Everything is explained as the film goes on, and it all makes sense. The main characters are easy to care about, so when unpleasant things begin to happen, you actually care about them - this is something teen slasher films could learn something from!
I also really liked the use of location for this. Everything is set in a typical, slightly down-market town. It's an intimate enough community for the local police to get away with small-time corruption, not least the stalking of clothing store owner Maria (Ashley Laurence). Hero Sam is not your typically brave soul, he is a diabetic (which has severe consequences for him) who isn't particularly brave, but just gets caught up in events.
You get a real sense of the geography of the area during daytime, and as such it becomes familiar, reassuring even. During the night, however, such familiarity is turned on its head, and the surroundings take on a truly claustrophobic, unfriendly atmosphere.
It is not brimming with spectacular special effects and extravagant production values (there is a climatic explosion that doesn't convince). And yet it is mainly well acted, and the storyline is compelling, unravelling slowly so as not to reveal too many answers until toward the end. It is eccentric, grisly stuff and I really enjoyed it.