We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
No one knows you're up there
Three skiers are stranded on a chairlift and forced to make life-or-death choices that prove more perilous than staying put and freezing to death.
Director Adam Green showed versatility here by moving from one sub-genre of horror to another. His directorial debut ‘Hatchet’ (2007) and its sequel ‘Hatchet II’ (2010) were his bloody comedic homages to the slasher film. During the time between those movies, we had the minimalist survival terror of ‘Frozen’. It is a bleak suspenseful tense tale of a skiing weekend gone tragically wrong.
Three teenage friends Parker, Dan and Lynch slowly die while being trapped high up on a chairlift for five whole days when left behind accidentally in a skiing resort that has closed until next weekend. Getting severe frostbite, they are also without food and water, no phones and are isolated from people for help.
The first act…
Meandering and ultimately fairly boring survival horror thing where three people get stranded in a ski-lift overnight after they piss the lift attendant off by being arrogant bribe-wielding tossers and therefore deserving almost everything they get. Yeah, way to establish our heroes, woooo!
You get the impression that director Adam Green understands that a ski-lift chair is VERY restrictive in terms of what he can do with this film - so he has to have one idiot do something unbelievably stupid about halfway in because otherwise it's just a film about three irritating twats sat in a ski-lift getting increasingly more frostbitten and moaning about being cold.
You get some occasionally gruesome moments and a decent enough ending save it from being totally rubbish, but it is still quite rubbish. You won't need to watch it again. In fact, I'm doubtful that you will need to see it once.
Film 9 of Daryl's December Challenge.
If it's that cold, why don't you do up your FUCKING JACKETS!?
That annoyance aside though, Adam Green has given us a neat and streamlined toe curler. As excruciating as it is skilful.
Frozen is a simple film. It's simply acted, simply set up, and in truth simply directed. But just like other films of this ilk like Open Water, it all mostly works. The gore is pointlessly fabulous, as it should be, and the situations are perversely set up. Just as they should be in a horror.
Frozen, is a neat little chiller.
never ever ever fucking ever ever ever would you fucking fall asleep on a chair lift with a fucking blizzard going on with your bare hand on a metal pole
Ah, so this is that film everyone's been talking about...
The main peril of going on a winter ski lift with your two mates is that you'll get stuck high up in the mountainside all alone, whilst everyone else fucks off home. So when you do end up stuck up there, don't bitch n moan n worry bout your frosty snowballs and blackened frostbitten extremities consider it karma. Calmly consider you may have been a bad old wolf in a former life, or maybe even worse, an inept Ski lift attendant. Either way one of you will probably make it but please do not attempt to just jump out the seat and expect to land hip deep in a comfy bed of snow. There's a ground beneath that stuff numb nuts.
The horror and thrill that Frozen passes on to the audience is enough for it to be considered a fine film and not just another thriller. That is mostly thanks to the precise direction.
Macabre series of unfortunate events. Characters get fleshed out well considering it's in the horror genre. Maybe too long.
Un bel thriller, di quelli che ti fanno venire l'angoscia. Nonostante l'ambientazione sia praticamente la stessa per tutta la durata del film non annoia e riesce a tenere sulle spine lo spettatore. Consigliato.
Three people get stuck on a ski-lift high above the ground. Below awaits a pack of hungry wolves and frostbite is becoming a reality and the resort doesn't reopen for five days. The tension it creates is good even though I didn't find the characters likable. The destination (its ending) isn't worth sending a postcard from but the journey to get there wasn't that bad.
When it comes to horror, I tend to usually like the themes to be a little more on the unrealistic side of things like a monster coming forth from an evil lair or something like that. In 2010 Adam Green put the horror into a much more realistic setting, granted I don't ski and or snowboard but just knowing that you could get stuck on a ski lift and if everybody left for the day would be absolutely terrifying.
I enjoyed this one quite a bit. It is one of those horror movies that is scary because it could easily happen in real life. There is no supernatural creature coming after you in this one. It all occurs from human stupidity. Something that there is an abundance of in this world. Definitely worth the time put in to watch it.
The best suspence and horror movie I've ever seen.
Full of tension and suspense!
- 21 Grams
- Johnny Got His Gun
- The Ugly Swans
- Whistle and I'll Come to You
- The Woman in Black
- The House of the Laughing Windows
- Who Can Kill a Child?
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…