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Disaster Porn Saturday Night: Snowmageddon

The Miller family (Magda Apanowicz, David Cubitt, Laura Harris and Dylan Matzke) celebrate Christmas Eve, which may be the last one

The Miller family (Magda Apanowicz, David Cubitt, Laura Harris and Dylan Matzke) celebrate Christmas Eve, which may be the last one

Christmas isn't going to be normal in Normal, Alaska this year. In fact, it may be the last Christmas known to mankind.

On Christmas Eve, the Miller family receives a mysterious package on their doorstep and with no card attached, they can't figure out who sent it or who it's for. Since its not addressed to anyone, they let Rudy (Dylan Matzke) open it.

Rudy's disappointed when he opens it and finds out that it's just a snow globe, but the interesting aspect to the globe is it's a miniature of the town. Rudy turns the key and nothing really happens. Well, there's a slight tremor that shakes up the town.

John (David Cubitt) thinks that it came from local antiques dealer Fred (Michael Baker) but he tells him that he didn't send it. They talk about the tremor and John notices that the town clock is working, which is a surprise to Fred since he took out the mechanical stuff since it wasn't working anyway.

As a helicopter pilot, Beth has some packages to deliver on the other side of the mountain and also has passengers to drop off.

Jennifer, the Miller's oldest, wants desperately to go on this run with Beth, because one of the passengers is Derrick Reed (Jeff C. Ballard) a famous snowboarder and his friend Greg (Amitai Marmorstein). Beth tells her to keep the trip professional and not to fan girl out. Surprisingly, she maintains a level of professionalism.

They drop the boys on top of the mountain and continue on their way, but are caught up in a snow squall where ice bombs crash into the helicopter and also cause chaos in town.

Greg is injured by one of them and the damage caused by the ice bombs forces the helicopter to crash. From his vantage point, John can see the smoke and races to find Jennifer and Beth.

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Before the ice bombs stop, Larry (Lorne Cardinal) and Norm (Haig Sutherland) are trapped in a bus when a live utility pole falls causing electricity to flow freely just outside of it. This forces Tully (Donavon Stinson) to race around trying to shut off the power.

Meanwhile, babysitter Mary (Leanne Lapp) is in the woods looking for Rudy and Moe, the dog who escaped due to the front door being left open. For some reason, Rudy thinks he's the cause behind the tremors and ice bomb incident. He thinks it has something to do with the globe and goes looking for help.

An avalanche traps the other Millers and Derrick on the side of the mountain and once they make it down, they see Mary coming from the woods. She tells them Rudy is missing and Jennifer and Derrick hop out to search for him. Jennifer knows that he has a secret hiding spot and into the woods they go.

Frozen mud or something starts to shoot out of ground causing huge, deadly spikes. Bye Mary.

Jennifer and Derrick come to where Rudy's secret hiding place is and they don't find any sign of him.

When Rudy finally appears, he thinks the snow globe has something to do with his board game Dragons of the Crown. He again apologizes for causing this and when he tells them about a volcano in the game, John takes the globe back up to the mountain (because it's a dormant volcano).

As the town begins to evacuate, the caravan in interrupted when the ground opens up. The townsfolk are now trapped on all sides and it's now up to John to make it to the volcano before it erupts.

While this is an okay movie, the plot of it is original and interesting. The special effects aren't the greatest but work as best as they can. I don't know what disaster the frozen mud thing is supposed to be. I'm not even sure if that was mud or maybe they're mud geysers? I don't know, just like the ice bombs. I'm not sure what to call them, but they came from the squall.

The ending is a little twisty which was good, but it doesn't really explain the reason for the snow globe.

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