Ray Pelletier just wants to spend a pleasant and relaxing weekend ice fishing with his family. Alas, Ray’s plans are ruined by the unwanted presence of the obnoxious big city father and son duo of Steve Cote and Stevie Jr. However, the two squabbling families are forced to set aside their differences and work together after a vicious monster awakens from the cold waters of the remote frozen lake area they are staying at.
[SPOILERS] Creature movies are a dime a dozen and a huge percentage of those are disappointing films with no story, no plot, horrible acting, or barely believable creatures. Hypothermia introduces us to a fish man whose only concern is to protect its home as well as feed. Ray Pelletier (Michael Rooker), his wife, son, and son’s fiancee are at the lake, enjoying their traditional ice fishing holiday. The peaceful morning is interrupted by the arrival of Steve Cote (Don Wood) and his son who are blaring music, running snowmobiles, and, in general, creating a noisy nuisance of themselves.
Well, after the normal, strained relationships between the two families, the creature takes exception to the noisy invasion and starts picking off the families one at a time.
What does the movie have working for it? The story was fairly original with the prehistoric man/fish who inflicts wounds that contain a sort of toxin into its victims. The creature has devoured all of the fish in the lake and is pretty much the only thing under the ice. On top of the issue of starvation of the creature, there also is a territorial issue where it is humanity invading the natural environment of the fish man.
The actual look of the fish man could have used some improvement. It is pretty obvious that it is just a man in a rubber suit. Some additional funds could have been set aside to improve the looks of the creature which would have improved the overall feel of the film. The director did make a wise decision in keeping the creature off the camera as much as possible, allowing only flashes of the creature. This allowed us to focus more on the story and not be distracted by the creature suit.
While some of the acting was spotty, Michael Rooker’s character was believable and sympathetic, as to his struggles and fight against the creature. He is a quiet man who just wants to get along with everyone else and enjoy his time with his family. At the end of the film, Rooker’s character is faced with the ultimate choice and he shows what kind of man he really is. The Pelletier family is very believable in their interactions and you actually feel for the family and their losses.
Overall, I did enjoy the movie. The creature was somewhat goofy, but the story and Rooker’s influence carried the day for the movie. I give this creature feature a 6/10 and I’d recommend it for all you horror movie fans out there. If you like your creatures violent and vicious, you could do worse than Hypothermia.