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.
3 skiers stranded on a ski lift in sub zero temps discover there are worse ways to die than freezing to death!
A real nail biter, chewed my fingernails down to the bone and if I was more flexible my toenails would have met with the same fate!
Wow. Disney has done it again. I sure want to build a snowman after this flick!
I've ridden on airplanes, swam in big oceans across the world and ridden a few amusement park rides, but I have never, and I will never, get on a skilift. This is the movie that shows you why. Don't get it mixed up with the Disney version, the only thing they are screaming to "Let It Go" in this is that infernal lift.
Parker, her boyfriend Dan and their friend Joe Lynch are at a skiing resort for the weekend, having a great time. When evening sets in they want to make one last run before they leave, but due to an unfortunate mixup, they get stranded on the chairlift as it is shut down. Now everyone is leaving for…
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…
Three students take a trip to the mountains and when they try to do some late night skiing they are left behind on a chair lift. Since it is Sunday night and the resort opens back up the following Friday they have to decide how they're going to survive swinging around in this this air for a week.
On the surface this is a great survival horror with a unique setting, good actors and some nice ideas, but somehow I couldn't shake the feeling that some of the parts were rather stupid. When I was little my family took me to learn skiing in Austria and I still have a trophy from winning 3rd place at a slalom tournament (Don't…
Meandering and ultimately very 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.
It'll hold your attention, but that's about it.
"Frozen" is a hypothetical question you'd ask your friend over a pint of beer: 'what would you do, if...?'
Or better yet (in Dennis Hopper's voice): 'Pop quiz, hot shot! You're stranded on a chairlift and nobody will find you until next week. It's too high to jump, there are wolves in the forest and it's only going to get colder. What do you do?'
Going from "Hatchet" to this I can clearly see the growth in Adam Green's filmmaking. He can write decent dialogue, create real suspense and elevate the horror of such an absurd (but not entirely unheard of) situation. Add to that some good violence and involving viewer's imagination more than actual graphic gore and "Frozen" really grows a pair of balls. Though, the film could benefit from a less heavy-handed score, but all in all, it's a very engaging story.
And... Ironically, the 'Let it go' song seems quite fitting in this context.
"Frozen" is a movie that seems impossible on the surface - three college kids get stuck on a ski lift for days, too high to jump to the ground and too long a wait until someone comes back to wait out the cold. The situation can only happen if a laundry list of little things go wrong and the audience here is helpless to watch each of those little things happen.
Director Adam Green, known first for the wild "Hatchet" movies here shows a completely different side to his skills, making a small thriller that builds and builds tension through a mounting desperation and dread. It can't get worse, can it? And it inevitably does.
Green showed off his flair…
As an avid skier/snowboarder I knew I had to check this out, especially after reading the favorable reviews….this is definitely better than it really has a right to be. The story is about 3 friends who end up getting stuck in a storm overnight on a chair lift and have to make a choice…either stay and likely freeze to death, try to jump or try to climb across the cables to the nearest pole. You have to ignore some ski resort semantics (i.e. ski patrol always skis under every lift to make sure it is completely clear prior to shutting it down) as well as basic knowledge that any skier worth a shit would know, like if you are going…
This is a low budget affair but it works. I got sucked in. I cared for these characters (as generic as they are). I wanted them to live. I kept imagining myself in their shoes and thinking about what a messed up situation they were in. Yeah, sure a lot of the things that happen are ridiculous but I couldn’t help pulling for them. This really reminded me of “Open Water” and I guess for a lot of obvious reasons. I’m giving this a 6 outta 10.
Three friends are left stranded on a ski lift - then things get worse. I really liked this movie, it reminded me a lot of The Ruins.
Guilty pleasure time... I realize this film had its problems (most notably packs of wolves in New England), but I love trying to imagine what I'd do in a situation like the ones the characters in films like this find themselves in. This one gets extra points for a really unique and terrifying setting. Who hasn't ridden a ski lift and wondered what would happen if it got stuck? Adam Green takes that situation to sometimes ridiculous extremes, but he also produces some genuinely terrifying moments.
It must have been the winter of 1987. I was a student, having returned to studying after I've spent a few years working. After the first semester I was already behind on my credits and time waited for no one, and least of all for me. So, come Easter I borrowed my father's car and caravan and headed up to a ski resort. The plan was to isolate myself and without any distractions being able to study for the exams to come. It took me two hours of driving, my father had telephoned someone he vaguely knew, and I was allowed to park the caravan behind their house for the holidays. I could even borrow electricity. Which was good, since…
trapped in a ski lift
- 21 Grams
- Johnny Got His Gun
- The Ugly Swans
- Whistle and I'll Come to You
- The Woman in Black
- The House with 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…