Chill (film)

Chill is a 2007 horror film written and directed by Serge Rodnunsky and starring Thomas Calabro, Ashley Laurence, Shaun Kurtz, and James Russo.

Chill - dvd cover
DVD cover
Directed bySerge Rodnunsky
Produced bySerge Rodnunsky
David A. Hoffman
Based on"Cool Air"
by H. P. Lovecraft
StarringThomas Calabro
Ashley Laurence
James Russo
Music byNigel Holton
Kurt Oldman
Jeffrey Walton
CinematographySerge Rodnunsky
Edited bySerge Rodnunsky
Rojak Films
Distributed bySafecracker Pictures
Starmedia Home Entertainment
Release date
  • February 15, 2007 (US)
(DVD premiere)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States

Development and plot

The film was based on H. P. Lovecraft's "Cool Air".[1] Similar plot elements include the fact that the doctor in the film (played by Shaun Kurtz) is named Dr. Muñoz as in Lovecraft's story, and must live in refrigerated conditions in order to survive. There is also a mention of the Necronomicon in the film; while this does not occur in Lovecraft's "Cool Air", it does serve in the movie as a clue to its Lovecraftian inspiration. Part of the plot hinges on the refrigeration system breaking down, again as in the Lovecraft story. Physically, the character of Dr Muñoz in the film does not resemble the character described in Lovecraft's story, nor does he speak with a Spanish accent.

Overall, however, the plot of the movie moves away from the Lovecraft story in depicting Muñoz as the controller of a serial killer preying on prostitutes. Muñoz lives in the back of a deli which he runs, and the protagonist Sam (Thomas Calabro), a writer who comes to work at the deli for survival money, gets dragged into the web of killings. Sam also falls in love with a woman named Maria (Ashley Laurence) who runs a clothing stores across the street and is being threatened by a local cop, Detective Defazio (James Russo), whom she dated once.

The DVD packaging for the Australian release through Flashback Entertainment does not feature Lovecraft's name anywhere, though the American packaging indicates that Lovecraft's tale inspired the movie. The film is omitted from Charles P. Mitchell's otherwise fairly comprehensive The Complete H.P. Lovecraft Filmography (Greenwood Press, 2001), possibly because the makers of Chill did not overtly capitalise on Lovecraft's name.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette summarizes the plot as "Let's just say someone dies but cheats Death by harvesting flesh and dabbling in the occult."[2]



The film won Best Achievement in Fantasy and Horror at the Worldfest International Film Festival, was nominated for Best Horror Feature Film at the Shockerfest International Film Festival, and was an Official Selection at both the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival and World Horror Convention in Toronto.[3] DVD Verdict gave the film a reasonably complimentary review,[4] while Home Theater Info is definitely praiseful of the film asking readers of the review to "give this movie a chance and enjoy."[5] described a number of positives (the casting and directing) and negatives (the pacing and atmosphere).[6] The DVD box art includes a quotation from the review: "Saw meets Nosferatu."[7]


  1. ^ According to DVD case.
  2. ^ Allan Walton, "'Chill,' people," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (May 02, 2007).
  3. ^ According to DVD case.
  4. ^ Judge David Johnson, "Review of Chill," DVD Verdict (November 14th, 2008).
  5. ^ "Review of Chill," Home Theater Info (10/23/08).
  6. ^ AnthroFred, "Review of Chill Archived 2008-10-13 at the Wayback Machine,"
  7. ^ See back of DVD case.

External links

Big Chill

Big Chill can refer to:

The Big Chill (music festival), an annual music and comedy festival held in England

The Big Chill (film), a 1983 American film directed by Lawrence Kasdan

The Big Chill at the Big House, a 2010 U.S. college ice hockey game that set an attendance world record

"The Big Chill" (The Batman), an episode from The Batman

Big Chill, an alien character from the animated series Ben 10: Alien Force

A variant of the colloquial term "Big Freeze," a hypothesized future of an expanding universe

Culture of Georgia (U.S. state)

The culture of Georgia is a subculture of the Southern United States that has come from blending heavy amounts of rural Scots-Irish culture with the culture of Africans and Native Americans. Since the late 20th century areas of Northern, Central, and the Atlanta metropolitan area of Georgia have experienced much growth from people moving from the mid-west and northeastern parts of the U.S.A. and along with many immigrants from Latin America. Southern culture remains prominent in the rural Southern and the Appalachian areas of the state. Georgians share a history with the other Southern States that includes the institution of slavery, the American Civil War, Reconstruction, the Great Depression, segregation, and the Civil Rights Movement.

The people of Georgia are stereotyped both by their manners and for being highly religious. Language in Georgia is a combination of several different sub-dialects of Southern American English found in different areas of the state. The state's culture is also influenced by its economy, most notably from forestry and its many benefits to the state and its people. Finally, Georgia's cuisine is integral to its culture with such foods as seafood, cornbread, peaches and grits being part of the people of Georgia's diet and economy.

On a more abstract level, Georgia's culture can be seen and heard in its literature, music, sports, film, television and art. Georgia is known for such authors as Alice Walker and Margaret Mitchell; for musicians and bands such as R.E.M. and Ray Charles; for interest in football, hunting and fishing; for the films and television shows filmed in the state and the actors and actresses from Georgia; and for the art created by Georgians and inspired by the state of Georgia.

Georgia's culture originated with its settlement by British colonists after the founding of the colony by James Edward Oglethorpe in 1732. The early colonists were mostly English though there were also significant amounts of Scots-Irish, Salzburgers, Italians, Sephardic Jews, Moravians and Swiss, among others. It is the amalgamation of these disparate ethnicities, along with the influx of African slaves and their descendants, which has created the modern culture of the state and the modern Georgian.

Stereotypical Georgian traits include manners known as "Southern hospitality", a strong sense of community and shared culture, and a distinctive Southern dialect. Georgia's Southern heritage makes turkey and dressing a traditional holiday dish during both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Movies like Gone with the Wind and the book If I Ever Get Back to Georgia, I'm Gonna Nail My Feet to the Ground by Lewis Grizzard lampoon (and celebrate) Georgia culture, speech and mannerisms.

The Big Chill (film)

The Big Chill is a 1983 American comedy-drama film directed by Lawrence Kasdan, starring Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, and JoBeth Williams. The plot focuses on a group of baby boomers who attended the University of Michigan, reuniting after 15 years when their friend Alex commits suicide. Kevin Costner was cast as Alex, but all scenes showing his face were cut. It was filmed in Beaufort, South Carolina.The soundtrack features soul, R&B, and pop-rock music from the 1960s and 1970s, including tracks by Creedence Clearwater Revival, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Rolling Stones, and Three Dog Night.

The Big Chill was adapted for television as the short-lived 1985 CBS series Hometown. Later, it influenced the TV series thirtysomething.

Wind Chill (film)

Wind Chill is a 2007 US-British horror film starring Emily Blunt and Ashton Holmes. The film was directed by Gregory Jacobs and was produced by the British Blueprint Pictures company, and George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh's joint company Section Eight Productions supported the project financially. The filming began in the Vancouver area on February 1, 2006, and continued until March. The completed film opened in limited distribution in April 2007 in the US, was released in the United Kingdom and Ireland in August 2007, but went directly to DVD in most other markets.

Wind chill (disambiguation)

Wind chill is a meteorological effect.

Windchill may refer to:

Wind Chill (film), 2007 horror film

Windchill (software), PLM application

Windchill (G.I. Joe), a fictional character in the G.I. Joe universe

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