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Frozen

Year: 2010
Production Co: A Bigger Boat
Director: Adam Green
Writer: Adam Green
Cast: Shawn Ashmore, Kevin Zegers, Emma Bell

This film shares a lot with Open Water, Black Water and a lot of other 'stuck' horror movies. In fact there have been enough of them to almost deserve their own subgenre like that of found footage. Some of them have certainly been good enough to warrant it (like this one is).

The anomaly is that because of the constraints of the premise, these movies all share very similar plots. How the actors and director handle them determines whether they're any good or not.

And while Frozen won't win any performing Oscars, it takes time to set up the relationships between Parker (Bell), Joe (Ashmore) and Dan (Zegers) enough to make you care. They're three friends on a skiing trip, the latter two lifelong friends.

Joe is slightly resentful that Dan has bought his new and much less experienced girlfriend Parker along on the trip, but that's an emotional arc that's not destined to bob to the surface until each character is ready to snap in his or her own way.

They convince the lunkheaded ski-lift operator to let them do one more run even though it's getting dark and a storm's closing in. A quick series of misunderstanding and sleights of chance later and another resort employee shuts down the chairlift system and turns off all the lights on the run – with the three friends halfway up the chairlift and dangling about a hundred feet off the ground.

The psychiatric five stages of grief ensue as the storm blows in and the trio has to accept the obvious truth. It's not another technical glitch like the one that saw them stranded for a minute or so earlier that day. Somebody's unwittingly left them there.

Like a couple of other movies – even ones outside the genre like BuriedFrozen does a great job of keeping you interested even though you're essentially watching three people (a number that dwindles) sitting in the chair. The situations and the plans that arise to address them during the overall plight are episodic without ever really feeling like it.

From a near-miss getting the attention of a snowplow that drives right underneath them to a stomach-churning drop, a stomach-churning climb and wild wolves starting to circle below, it's a creepy and effective horror movie that doesn't have to rely on gore, but asks you to imagine just how horrible it would be.

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