Roanokers planning a ski trip may be having second thoughts after the recent report of people being stuck on a lift at Sugarloaf Mountain resort in Maine. If that’s not enough to give one pause, watching the indie horror flick Frozen will finish the job. This literally bone chilling tale effectively depicts a similar situation with some added complications. It is available for viewing on DVD through the Roanoke County Library.
Frozen received a 2010 Saturn Award nomination for Best Horror Film. It’s no surprise that this Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films chose this little movie for such an honor. The movie presents a truly frightening scenario of isolation and survival.
Emma Bell, Shawn Ashmore, and Kevin Zegers play three friends off on a little ski vacation. They talk the ski lift operator (Ed Ackerman) into giving them one last lift up the mountain just as the resort is about to close for the week. They do not realize it may truly be their last lift. They soon find themselves forgotten and the lift shut down leaving them thirty feet above the frozen ground. As hours turn into days they become more and more desperate about their chances of escape and survival.
This well written and evenly paced chiller sets a frightening scene and then slowly lets it develop. Initially hopeful that someone will be along to get them down, the trio grows more desperate as the realization that they are abandoned sinks in. Tempers flare and the blame game surfaces. Escape ideas are argued and attempted. Tragedy strikes and the survivors try to comfort each other as their situation grows more dire by the minute.
The theme of trapped isolation is scary in itself. The frigid temperature of the locale makes it even more so. You can actually feel the cold sinking into your bones. And just in case that isn’t quite enough to get the job done, a hungry pack of wolves enters the picture.
The movie’s actors all give solid, believable performances in a story that will have you placing yourself in the situation and plotting an escape. Writer-director Adam Green has figured just about every angle and has the story realistically play out. While there is some gore, this is not a splatter film. There is no need to go for cheap gross out scares with a tale this riveting and horrifying. If the outside temperature doesn’t have you chilled enough, watching Frozen will definitely find you reaching for a blanket.