Contrary to popular belief, Val Kilmer is the hardest working man in show business. Wait, let me rephrase that — Val Kilmer is the hardest working man in the straight-to-video business. Although he has appeared in a handful theatrical films over the past few years, the glut of his cinematic output has bypassed the multiplex and gone directly to video store shelves across the globe. It’s a shame, really, considering Kilmer is actually a gifted actor capable of great things when he isn’t phoning in his performances from another planet. As of late, his bread and butter is our collective disappointment, more so if you can readily recall his turn as Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone’s “The Doors.”
If, like me, you’ll blindly rent anything with the man’s name attached to it, you should, in theory, be pretty excited about his upcoming body horror flick “The Thaw,” which will arrive on DVD this October as a part of Lionsgate’s Ghost House Underground series. The trailer looks promising enough despite the fact that the premise is impossibly old and familiar. Insects laying eggs inside humans, causing their bodies to rapidly deteriorate? Nobody’s done that before.
To put a finer point on it, check out the full synopsis:
At a remote Arctic research station, four ecology students discover the real horror of global warming is not the melting ice, but what’s frozen within it. A prehistoric parasite is released from the carcass of a Woolly Mammoth upon the unsuspecting students who are forced to quarantine and make necessary sacrifices, or risk infecting the rest of the world.
Prehistoric parasites? Woolly Mammoth? Val Kilmer? I’ll be there on October 6th to collect my DVD from whichever retailer is selling it for the lowest possible price. In the meantime, watch and thoroughly enjoy the trailer.