Wes Craven’s Chiller (1985)

Directed by Wes Craven.  Written by J.D. Feigelson.  Starring Michael Beck, Paul Sorvino, Beatrice Straight, Dick O’Neill, Laura Johnson, Alan Fudge, Russ Marin and Jill Schoelen.

Plot: corporate exec, Miles Creighton (Beck) is cryogenically frozen – 10 years later, he’s thawed out, but without a soul.


Miles is cryogenically frozen because the operation he needs doesn’t exist yet.  Ten years later though, it does and he’s thawed out, given a life saving operation and brought back into the circle of life.  He begins working at his former company, but when people start to go missing, it looks like he’s the cause.

Our issue is why did he come back without a soul?  It attempts to ask and answer several soul related questions, but me and DJ didn’t agree with the movie or with each other.  Why was evil the default after all?  Why didn’t he just come back confused?  I know I’ve asked this before, but I don’t know why people die (technically) and automatically turn bad.  It just doesn’t make sense.

Michael Beck is good as always though.  We believed he was a psychopath.  But other than that, there wasn’t much good about this movie.  It was over-the-top in too many places.  The rules were confusing and it was unrealistic.  We don’t recommend.

Our score: 26.

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