247 Degrees Fahrenheit hit the theaters back in 2011 and was branded back then as the horror/suspense movie of the year. Whether this Leven Bakhai directed film underperformed or not is a story for another day. Nonetheless, critics still think that the directors had ‘duped’ viewers into anticipating a hair-raising almost zombie-like experience, only to be disappointed by the melodramatic unfolding of events that the movie turned out to be.
The 247 Degrees Fahrenheit stars
The most surprising thing, however, is that 247 Degrees Fahrenheit which features horror-film stars such as Scout Taylor-Compton, Travis Van Winkle, and Christine Ulloa was based on a real story. And this time round this wasn’t just a marketing prank to get the film to sell more. The events as scripted in this 2011 film happened in real life, at least to some extent. Nevertheless, the biggest contribution to the success of the movie in transforming the ‘real events’ into such cinematic action, was the fact that the producer was smart enough to include recognizable actors in his cast. Scout Taylor-Compton (who played Jenna ) already had a huge of followers from her act in the “Halloween” remakes. On the hand, many people remember Travis ( who acted as Ian) from the widely acclaimed “Friday the 13th”. 247 Degrees Fahrenheit IMDb Watch Full Movie Free!
The 247 Degrees Fahrenheit script vs. the True Story
Apart from the actors, most other parts of this 90 minutes film are supposedly true. 247 Degrees Fahrenheit revolves around four friends who take a short trip to a lakeside cabin for a getaway weekend. The cabin belongs to one of the cast’s uncle ( Uncle Wade). No sooner had the guests arrived than they began making themselves comfortable. Amid the backdrop of some classical music, the viewers are treated to a short sex romp between Michael (Michael Coupon) and Renee ( Christine Ulloa). In the real version, this most likely happened, considering that the actual characters were then barely out of their teenage years and had a whole cabin by themselves.
Moving on, later that evening, the four guests have dinner with Uncle Wade while getting acquainted with one another. Sitting down with friends and family for dinner is a typical American habit, so it probably also happened in the real story. But then again it could have been that the producer was only trying to expand his script to give it a more logical flow. However, we tracked down the actual characters in Georgia ( where the actual events unfolded) and they seem not to remember exactly whether or not they had dinner earlier that evening. ( Presumably, they still haven’t yet recovered fully from the traumatic experience)
The conversation at the dinner table also leads us to believe that Jenna was still traumatized from the death of her fiancee, that occurred four years earlier. And while this sounds as fictional as it was portrayed at the beginning of the film, the real “Jenna” had actually lost a boyfriend to a grisly road accident, some years back before the shooting of the film. It also indicates that the producer did a good job in tying this real event into the overall scenario as a way of keeping the viewers guessing. If you watch this movie, it’s likely you will be forgiven for expecting Jenna’s dead boyfriend to resurrect at the middle of the film and start haunting the other characters.
After this, the four leave Uncle Wade back at the cabin and head to this party which happens to have a handmade sauna. The events that occur in this party, particularly in the sauna, form the culmination of the story. It begins when Michael and Renee have a heated argument over his drunkenness before he storms off leaving the trio in the sauna. Now, the real characters do confirm that Michael indeed left the party, but not because of any squabble or disagreement. Apparently the real “Michael” left the party to go to the toilet and in the process forgetting he had locked up his friends in the sauna.
The trio is left looking for ways to survive the ordeal after failing dismally in getting any help from outside. Apparently, the sauna was located in a secluded place and thus no one could hear their screams though they did shout at the top of their voices. In the actual story, Ian manages to turn off the heater, just as depicted in the movie. Of the three, he seemed the most collected. Michael, on the other hand, completely forgets about his friends, who therefore, have to spend nearly 10 hours in the slowly cooling sauna before they are found.