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Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Leave it to SyFy to offer some of the most laughable science fiction or horror films that have made it to the screen in decades. Not since the drive-in fair offered by AIP in their heyday has a group made so many movies this bad. Perhaps bad is not quite the right word since these movies do offer some entertainment value. But much like the hubcap flying saucers of old SyFy’s CGI heavy effects filled movies leave you laughing at all the wrong times.
This time around we have a meteor that crashes here on Earth splitting into two pieces in a small mountain town. Among the citizens there are the town handyman and the mega-business owner who isn’t fond of said handyman, especially since his son is interested in his daughter. As the town begins their annual Christmas celebration on main street, one part of the split meteor begins showering the city with shards of frozen meteor causing the freeze to rapidly spread through the streets. Touch it and you’re instantly frozen.
As the terrain begins to flash freeze the citizens do their best to escape to safer locations. The second half of the meteor is more tropical and the only way to solve this problem is to join the two pieces, not a likely prospect since they’re miles apart. Someone please save the day!
The funniest moments in this movie are the least intended. An example is someone crushed by a flying piece of frozen meteor that sends out a splash of CGI blood or a person frozen who then crumbles due to the extreme cold. There are side stories and people sacrifice themselves for the greater good while others who act like idiots are frozen, bringing on cheers from anyone watching.
So in the end is this a movie worth watching? Heck yeah! It’s a no brainer! I don’t mean that as in the choice is a no brainer, I mean that as in the movie itself is a no brainer. There is nothing exceptional about this movie and that is why I say it’s like many of the old drive-in second features that played across the country so many years ago. It’s fun and hokey and just something that’s worth watching for a laugh. Maybe it’s not worth adding to your collection but you could have some fun with it.
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