Getting colder: The Chilling

Posted by Cory Casciato On February - 16 - 2009

chillingDespite the R rating, The Chilling has a very made-for-TV vibe. It’s a sloppy, uninspired zombie tale featuring a couple of recognizable faces, most notably Linda Blair of Exorcist fame and the guy who used to play Grizzly Adams. The plot involves a cryogenics facility, a doctor stealing organs from the frozen stiffs, an all-too-convenient lightning strike and some newly awakened, pissed-off dead folks. The whole thing is contrived, boring and pointless. It’s not good, not even a little bit. I was done with this movie well before it was done playing. I don’t know if you can make it out, but on that cover there, it says, “They came, they thawed, they conquered.” That joke, as lame as it is, is far better and infinitely more clever than the movie. At the very end of the movie, there’s also a Grizzly Adams joke tacked on that might, might coax a smile out of you if you have a warm reservoir of nostalgia for that particular hunk of ’70s cheese.  Unless you’re like me and simply must see every zombie movie ever made, don’t bother with this.

2 Responses to “Getting colder: The Chilling

  1. Biddie says:

    Point taken. I did say however, that you are ALMOST always right :)
    Still, the few Linda Blair movies that I have seen are stinkers, other than The Exorcist, which scared the hell outta me as a kid. Actually, seeing as how I was raised (Catholic) it still scares me.
    Does Quarentine count as a zombie movie and what did you think of it???

  2. Cory Casciato says:

    Exorcist didn’t do much for me, but I didn’t see it until adulthood. And yes, Quarantine is a zombie movie in my book, but I haven’t seen it yet. It’s actually sitting near the top of my stack of unwatched zombie movies. I’ll get around to it and post a review here soon .

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