New eco-thriller starring Val Kilmer has bed bug connection

by nobugsonme on May 17, 2008 · 4 comments

in bed bugs, bed bugs in the media reports that

Val Kilmer is going to Vancouver to shoot an eco-thriller, The Thaw. The story follows a group of students that discover an ancient parasite frozen inside a prehistoric wooly mammoth. The parasite comes back to life as the mammoth is thawed out, threatening the students and possibly spreading across the world.

Why do I care?

Director Mark Lewis tells Dread Central that the parasitic monster was inspired by bed bugs and how vulnerable we all really are to Mother Nature.


And yikes!

*Thanks to hopelessnomo for the tip.

1 nobugsonme June 26, 2008 at 1:00 pm

More on this story today in the Williams Lake Tribune:

The Thaw is about a young woman (MacIsaac) who heads to the Arctic with a group of students on a research mission, headed by Dr. Kruipen (Kilmer). The research team discovers that a melting polar ice-cap, caused by global warming, has released a deadly prehistoric parasite on the world after the remains of a wooly mammoth are released from the ice and thawed. The students must then find a way to save the rest of the world from the deadly parasite before it reaches the rest of civilization and causes a potentially global epidemic catastrophe.

Co-writer Michael Lewis, in an interview with the Tribune at the movie set Tuesday, said the original story was called Bed Bugs and didn’t include a wooly mammoth.

He had been living in England with his girlfriend and his brother Mark Lewis, the director and other co-writer, when the brothers decided to write a horror script exercise.

But the bed bugs idea came from the director’s lived experience of bed bugs:

“My girlfriend and I went to Prague and we got bed bugs,” he said, adding that his girlfriend had several bites after they stayed at a hostel.

The story took place in the far north and originally didn’t include the concept of a wooly mammoth. Instead, the bugs found safety in another creature.

“In order to survive, they’d go into polar bears.”

2 Cody June 26, 2008 at 7:28 pm

Trust Hollywood to destroy another movie idea.

3 nobugsonme August 20, 2008 at 3:11 pm

More here.

The idea for the film came from an experience his brother, Michael, had with his girlfriend that involved beer and bedbugs. He told Dread Central, “I think ultimately where this story comes from is the idea or, more accurately, the feeling of vulnerability […] of our species and how we’re about to experience the wrath of Mother Nature as a result of global warming. Remaining faithful to our inspiration [about bed bugs], we chose to make Mother Nature’s device the most hideous parasite we could imagine.”

You mean, worse than bed bugs?

Bwa ha ha ha ha! Bwa ha ha!!!

4 nobugsonme January 9, 2009 at 3:55 am

And it’s currently on hold for release, since it’s abut global warming, and current temps are among the coldest in decades, according to the Wall Street Journal. Seriously.

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