Friday, October 12, 2012



Label: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Region: 1 NTSC
Rating: R
Duration: 88min.
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 with Optional English Subtitles
Tagline: Every Degree Counts 

Synopsis: When four friends travel to a lakeside cabin for a carefree weekend, the fun turns into a nightmare when three of them end up locked in a hot sauna. Every minute counts and every degree matters as they fight for their lives in heat that is quickly approaching the deadly limit of 247°F. 

The Film: Three years after Jenna (Scout Taylor Compton, Rob Zombie's Halloween) loses her boyfriend in a fatal car accident she's on her way to a cabin on the edge of a picturesque lake with her friend Renne (Christina Ulle, TV's Charmed), her boyfriend Mike (Michael Copon, Night of the Demons remake) and his friend Ian (Travis Van Winkle, the douche from the Friday the 13th remake). It's a pretty sweet cabin which they acquire from Ian's Uncle Wade (Tyler Mane, Rob Zombie's Halloween films), a hulk of a man who has a stash of paint-peeling moonshine and potent weed, sounds like it's gonna be a fun weekend. 

While there they take advantage of a European-style sauna that's a balmy 184 degrees. Mike and Ian drink heavily while inside, more so Mike than the latter and when Mike gets a bit drunk he turns into quite the asshole which ruffles his girlfriend's feathers and before you know it he storms off. When the group decide to follow after him a short time later they discover that the door is jammed, they are trapped. At first they assume Mike is just upset and playing a very poor joke on them but when he doesn't return anytime soon the trio are left to find a way out or face scalding death as their skin blisters and brains boil. Who's doing this to them, and where did Mike go, and do we even care? 

The acting her is just this side of decent but the script is flaccid stuff, the characters are flat and all pretty douchey While I love to see assholes meet their early demises in slashers and horrors this is neither and the body count is very low. There's little intrigue and the directo(s) are just not able to ratchet up the tension - it's boring. About half way in I was thinking to myself that the second half had better be some fucking brilliant shit, I was right bored and while it does pick-up some speed the final stretch it was too little to late. The main draw here for me was the reunion of Taylor-Compton and Tyler Mane from Rob Zombie's Halloween but that excitement was pretty short lived.

Special Features: 
- Producer and Director Audio Commentary
- Deleted Scenes (4:19) 16x9 

Verdict: A thriller with all the tension and anxiety of a Lifetime Channel production, meaning my wife sorta enjoyed it (not loved it) while I wanted my 88 minutes back to watch something else, there's not a lot here for your average horror-enthusiast to enjoy and you would have to be pretty hard up for thrillers to wanna throw this one on. Not a recommend (1.5 Outta 5)