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Ice from the Sun

1 rating: -1.0
A movie directed by Eric Stanze

Sworn enemy of both heaven and hell, a one-time wizard's apprentice turned evil sovereign--known only as The Presence--rules an alternate-reality dimension of torment and bloodshed. A hired assassin named Alison hunts this being, which propels her … see full wiki

Release Date: 1999
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about Ice from the Sun

Ice From The Sun 1999 – unholy

  • Dec 17, 2003
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Can I pare this down for sleeper54?

I enjoy the Independent film market and certainly I am not opposed to brutal films .. still. Because of the fantastic commentary from jstlawrence I rented this from Netflix. Even though he wavered with a love/hate relationship, his synopsis made it so intriguing I was tempted.

Surely you remember The Blair Witch Project?
Camera work in that was a major point of most reviews. And I'll agree it was miserable, but compared to Ice From The Sun it was top-drawer. I don't enjoy jarring video movement, I feel it distracts and it makes me uncomfortable. I don't know why, no one knows why. I don't enjoy scenes that are so misshapen and blurred that you wonder what you are viewing. I also don't like screeching, screaming music that jumps into the background and takes over the scene.

Characters with resonating voices sounding vaguely of what we believe to be the voice of the devil also aggravate me. A 15-minute monologue by an unseen person with a droning monotone voice while we watch a body covered in bloody water, presumably from a wrist-slicing incident in the bathtub, also grate on my nerves.

How Ice just iced me
Even as bad as any movie can be, I think if you have to explain what the story is about for someone to "get the drift", then you have lost the concept of filmmaking. Not matter how miserable a film is, writers producers and directors should give the viewing audience the ability to form their own synopsis. If you are unable to do that then you have probably failed to produce a product that has any merit. This doesn't hold true to all films. There will always be films that defy the stereotype of filmmaking. This simply isn't one of those.

Besides, that rule generally doesn't apply to slash/gore films, those are pretty self-explanatory. So why did they bother with the endless boring monologue from a presumed angel to Alison, the dead body in the bloody bath, telling the story lock, stock and barrel at the beginning. Was this to let you know that you should still have sympathy for Alison even though she ignores the pleas of the mysterious "6" captured in the ice world?

Speaking of the mysterious 6, without being too cynical, I don't think they would be missed in society anyway.

Even with the lowest budget and the most miserable actors in the world, you should be able to understand what a movie is about without having someone hand you the script. Although, after watching this one and even with my prior knowledge from the angels droning, I was clueless. Actually, clueless doesn't properly explain, I was more offended than clueless. The film just had no merit.

Droning voices and dead bodies
According to the mysterious angel there was once a bad guy that broke rules and for punishment he was encased in his own world of ice for eternity. He periodically needed "fed" so he would call up humans from the real world and feast on them, per se. Their loss became his gain, as he grew stronger after supping from the hapless beings.

So Alison, headstrong and dead, is selected to enter the ice world and bring the bad guy to his knees. She will encounter 6 humans but can not intervene in the dining of the bad guy. She couldn't kill the bad guy but present him to higher powers, or cause him to present himself to higher powers, to meet his deserved end. In exchange she gets to live. Fair trade but you gotta remember, Alison was on the suicide train and I don't think she wanted it to stop at any station.

The bodies pile up in the most gruesome manner, way more descriptive than even I wanted to see, and Alison continues on her quest. A dirty job but someones gotta do it.

This release was written and directed by Eric Stanze in a sort of freeze-frame, shock, bloodletting way. Perhaps behind this facade lurks a talented person, too bad he chose this vehicle to introduce himself. One shouldn't be surprised when you see his other choices like "Satan's Lunch" and "Insaniac".

For some reason, this won the B-Movie Film Festival for Best Cinematography, Best Editing & Best Villain. Maybe it was just me.


Couldn’t pare it down, sorry Sleeper54 just can’t hit the magic 666, but it’s about the devil. Any points for that?????


Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age

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