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Disaster Porn Saturday Night: Ice

As the world enters a new Ice Age, Grant Show can still find a gunfight, as Flex ducks for cover

As the world enters a new Ice Age, Grant Show can still find a gunfight, as Flex ducks for cover

So, here it was, July 22, 2000, and it was almost a repeat of the week before, except this time when I set the VCR, I had gotten the expose' of Diff'rent Strokes and some compilation of real disasters all tied together.

I really felt sorry for the people of Los Angeles.

The week before, they were baking and now, they would all freeze to death, well, actually, everyone north of the Equator would be freezing to death.

Divorced detective Robert Drake (Grant Show) has been obsessed with capturing murder suspect Kelvin (Flex) and won't give up until he's behind bars. Drake is a little like Goldilocks, since he's complaining about the heat, then he starts to complain about the cold. Little does he know what's about to happen.

Meanwhile, Dr. Norman Kistler (Udo Kier) has been hiding data pertaining to the upcoming Ice Age. He does confirm that the worst will be over in about twenty years (based on when the movie was aired, we can all say- "Well hello 2020!) and sort of takes the president hostage by giving him a list of demands.

Once the snow begins to fall, it's all downhill from there as no one is prepared and people are freezing to death. Looting is rampant and Drake is able to apprehend Kelvin.

Drake wants to get to his son Max (Kyle Fairlie) and his ex-wife Julie (Audie England) at their new home owned by her new husband, Greg (Michael Riley) an architect. As the snow falls, the three are living comfortably as Drake, his girlfriend Alison (Eva La Rue) and Kistler arrive.

Earlier, Drake hit Kistler with his car as the evil doctor was wandering around in the blizzard.

As Greg's house begins to crumble, and after Kistler promises to take them with him to a ship which will take him south, Drake remembers one of those Lost in Space vehicles at the police station and they all head to the station.

Having some human decency, Drake releases the prisoners (including Kelvin) and when he gets to the vehicle, Kelvin tells him that he knows how to drive it. Drake is hesitant, but agrees to let him drive them to safety.

A gang attempts to take the vehicle and the motley group takes on Jessica (Kristin Booth)who was being held captive by the gang. With everything that's going on, a shootout occurs and afterward they start heading toward the ocean.

However, Kelvin is driving toward his girlfriend's house and we get a glimpse as to just how much snow has fallen. House rooftops are barely visible and the snow is as high as power poles.

Kistler becomes antsy and demands that they head toward the ocean and the vehicle starts to run out of hydraulic fluid and they pull into a bank, where they run into a young couple with a baby.

A good disaster lesson is learned here- if you need hydraulic fluid and are stuck in an abandoned building, head for the elevators. And all is well as Greg fixes everything and in his evilness, Kistler steals the woman's mink coat since she's died due to the cold.

Of course, he denies knowing anything.

For the rest of the movie, it's their trek to the ocean and the awaiting ship.

Since this was made four years before The Day After Tomorrow, it's a pretty good entry into the disaster genre and the CGI snowflakes are a little laughable, but it's a good way to spend a Saturday night.


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