DVD Review: H.P. Lovecraft’s Cool Air

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Nothing wrong with making a horror movie on the cheap.  And, basing your flick on an H.P. Lovecraft story isn’t a bad way to go.  But, there’s got to be some great writing involved.  Or, it’s got to be scary.  Or, it would have to be a gorefest with decent special effects. “Cool Air” doesn’t qualify on any count.

More than anything the film suffers from too much narration.  It’s kind of a nifty way to start a story and even tie scenes together along the way.  But, wow, this film suffers from voice-over-kill.  Big time.

A young screenwriter moves into an upscale Malibu hillside home to conquer his writer’s bloc.  There, he suffers a heart attack (huh?) and is mysteriously kept from death by the woman doctor who lives upstairs in this very drafty home.  It’s downright cold on the top floor.  Wonder what that could mean?  Could have something to do with DEATH?

Not many directions for the story to travel.  So, the characters and the acting better be up to par.  It ain’t so.  The acting is stilted and the characters’ motivations are either hard to figure or too easy.  Most of all the film isn’t scary or interesting.  Most won’t be able to sit all the way through this sub-par spooker.  Waste of time.  Grade: D

Fast Facts:

Street Date: May 21, 2013

Format: DVD only

Runtime: 78 minutes

Rated: PG-13

Released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment

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