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A prequel to the 1982 remake of the 1951 original. Pretty lady scientist (is there any other kind these days?) heads down to Antarctica to examine an unusual specimen discovered in the ice. Things go awry. The frozen wasteland is put to good, foreboding use, but director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. is far too quick to strip away the mystery and dread of The Hidden Menace in Our Midst in the name of special effects. And even those are disappointing and a little incoherent - with the borrowed visuals of Monster that Roars and From Beyond thrown in for good measure.

One star.

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