Director/Writer: Adam Green
Cast: Shawn Ashmore, Emma Bell, Kevin Zegers
I don’t scare easily, and I’m not very squeamish, but Frozen had me gnawing on my Snuggie and cursing at my TV. The tagline for Frozen was “what Jaws did for swimmers Frozen will do for skiers”, and though this is a pretty high standard to live up to, I think the film does achieve the same amount of intensity at certain moments. As a swimmer, even Sharkwater didn’t disturb me as much – the moment the couple strayed from the dive group I immediately lost sympathy for them. But Frozen presents a situation that could actually happen to a skier, and in a way that doesn’t alienate the audience.
At the end of a ski day, three friends, Parker (Emma Bell, The Walking Dead), her boyfriend Kevin (Dan Walker, Gossip Girl) and his friend Joe (Shawn Ashmore, The Ruins, X-Men Last Stand) convince the ski operator to let them have one last run on the hills. Unfortunately they are accidentally left behind, stranded in the middle of the ski lift, and the resort is shut down until the following weekend. Without giving too much away, I will say that the reason why Frozen works is because the characters react in a way the viewer can relate to, but with horrific results. By creating this connection, it sets up great tension between the characters and the audience as panic starts to mount and the situation worsens, unlike a typical slasher film where the viewer dismisses the character the moment someone runs up the stairs instead of down. Needless to say, there aren’t too many options when one is abandoned on a ski lift and it’s a great idea for a film – one location, three characters. The film is reliant on a strong script considering the majority of the film is spent sitting on a ski chair, though the relationship between Parker and Kevin could have been developed a bit more. While not entirely likeable, the three characters are not your typical flat, moronic, trophy victims either. The use of gore is minimal, but extremely *agh!* effective.
All I can say is, I’m never skiing without my cell phone.