Three friends head up for a day trip to the mountains, when they soon find themselves stuck on a chair lift and forgotten about at the end of the night. As if the bitter cold and oncoming storms were not enough, the three must make perilous attempts to jump or climb to safety, while fending off the ravening wolves below. FROZEN builds on the same simple premise and real-world fears as 2003's surprise hit OPEN WATER, much to the same chilling effect. Adam Green focuses strictly on his characters and their fluid conversationalist dialog to carry the emotional weight of the film. Each of them demonstrate a clear progression as they deal with the anger, grief, and ultimate acceptance of their fate, just as Green shows a vast improvement in his skills as a writer and director. Parker, Dan, and Joe are capable characters that make every logical attempt to escape their unfortunate situation, while making noble sacrifices to save each other along the way. Green provides an incredible amount of coverage considering the single, remote location. This keeps the interest high and the tension higher as his use of high and low angles accentuate the horror during each of the pivotal moments. On top of this, Green and his talented cast weathered the harsh wintry conditions to film entirely on location, which is instantly noticeable and appreciated over the use of cheap green-screening techniques. The wolves serve as the only minor distraction, since they have only been included to increase the suspense of the situation. They are an unnecessary element that was added to an already-successful film, and one that did not require any senseless gore on top of the psychological terror. FROZEN is a strong minimalist Horror effort that is a far greater technical accomplishment for Adam Green than his earlier work in HATCHET.
If you liked FROZEN, check out:
WIND CHILL, OPEN WATER, SPIRAL.