Chiller (1985)

CHILLER (1985)
Article 4943 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 9-30-2015
Directed by Wes Craven
Featuring Michael Beck, Beatrice Straight, Laura Johnson
Country: USA
What it is: Science fiction horror, TV-Movie style

A woman has her son cryogenically frozen after his death in the hopes that future technology can revive him. Ten years later, an accident at the cryogenics building causes the doctors to take a chance on reviving him, and are successful. But he isn’t quite the same as he used to be….

The concept of people being evil because they have no soul isn’t really a new cinematic idea; it popped up during the silent era quite a bit in movies like ALRAUNE. However, this attempt to revive the idea isn’t really successful enough to resurrect the concept. The main problem is a script that mostly deals in cliches, statements of the obvious, and bits of clunky dialogue. Sadly, Wes Craven’s direction here does little to add life; the movie is stodgy and slow. The actors do their best with the material (especially Michael Beck as the revived hedonist), but it’s a losing battle. There are a handful of special effects in the movie, the most notable being a scene where the comatose body of the main character goes wild in a hospital room. The end result is something like a low-budget take on THE OMEN only without the supernatural touches, and there’s something glum and joyless about the movie. This is not Wes Craven’s (or anyone’s) finest hour.

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