release year: 2010
genre: horror
viewing setting: home DVD 7/4/16

synopsis: A family's planned weekend of ice fishing goes bad when they encounter a savage amphibian monster in their lake.

impressions: This was a decent low-budget horror movie. I will say that I question the actual enjoyment that could be had while fishing atop a frozen lake, but I've never tried it, so who knows. A lot of reviewers have criticized the rubber monster suit, but I didn't think it was that bad. More concerning was the logic of some of the characters, for example, when you know there's a monster under the ice, why in the world would you lie down RIGHT NEXT to a big hole in the ice? And the ending didn't make sense either.

acting: Michael Rooker is the father, who's a little too calm and wimpy when he needs to be tough, and then becomes tough when there's no longer any point. Blanche Baker is his perpetually-worried-looking wife. Benjamin Forster is their son. Amy Chang is his girlfriend, who's a fairly competent medic when needed. Don Wood is an obnoxious fellow ice fisherman.

final word: Decent horror/monster effort, worth seeing.

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