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Feature 7.5
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Audio   N/A
Special Features   N/A
Audio 7.5
Distributor: Reel
Running Time: 95 minutes
Classification:
 M15+
Reviewer:
Brent Jago

7.5


Frozen
(SCREENER)

What would you do if you were trapped on a chair lift, in below freezing conditions? The answer to this question, in this case, is given to us by three teenagers in that very situation, in Frozen

Three students, childhood friends Dan (Kevin Zegers) and Joe (Shawn Ashmore), along with Danís girlfriend Parker (Emma Bell), spend their Sunday on a mountain ski resort. After a day of doing runs on the bunny hills, they decide to go for one last run in the late evening, before leaving. With the mountain almost deserted and bribing their way back onto the lift, the mountain is shut early and the lift stopped, with the three trapped on it, with a harsh storm approaching. What follows is the fear that comes with being trapped, with no one to help you, but yourself and the real fear of almost certain death approaching. 

Frozen is an excellent example of low budget film making. Director Adam Green makes great use of the single location, with Frozen not being to dissimilar from other low budget, single location horror films, like The Evil Dead and Saw. You see the constraints of the budget, which causes filmmakers to use a single location setup and forces them to be more creative with how the film is shot, edited, designed etc. The young trio make for believable leads, with their reactions to their situation real and believable. Their decisions they make are justifiable. Who of us wouldnít think that jumping would be a good idea? It all makes for a more realistic film. The downside of the film being the stupid and unbelievable elements involved. These three college students, trapped on this chairlift in freezing cold temperatures, them all wearing heavy clothing and coats, but they arenít buttoned or zipped up all the way. A harsh snowstorm, bombarding them and they havenít put on their goggles they have. And the silliest of all, they donít even huddle together to share body warmth. These small elements stick out, but they are forgivable.  

The scariest kinds of horror films are the ones we can relate to, meaning the ones where the events that happen in the film could happen to us in our real lives, like - backpacking in a foreign country and being abducted and taken to a place where people pay to torture and kill you (Hostel, Hostel Part II). Coming home from a party, only to be stalked and tormented by murderers outside, the only reason being ďbecause you were homeĒ (The Strangers). Driving across the country and winding up in a small, isolated town that happens to be home to a family of murdering psychopaths with chainsaws (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and now Frozen can be added to this list. It isnít the highest quality film, but it is a tense, psychological little film, nonetheless and a perfect example of low budget horror.






 
 



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