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Writer/director Adam Green has the beginnings of an inventive, frightening yarn in Frozen, but neither the script nor the cast are quite strong enough to truly do it justice. Read critic reviews

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As a winter storm approaches, three people become stranded on a chairlift high above the ground after a ski resort closes for the night.

Cast & Crew

Emma Bell
Parker O'Neil
Kevin Zegers
Dan Walker
Ed Ackerman
Jason
Adam Johnson
Rifkin
Adam Green
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Cory Neal
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Tim Williams
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John Penotti
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Michael Hogan
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Andy Garfield
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Will Barratt
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Critic Reviews for Frozen

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  • Mar 12, 2015
    The fact that this film is tense and terrifying as hell and has three great performances is what compensates for a generally thin dialogue and the characters' lack of intelligence, bringing to mind other great minimalist horror movies like Open Water but with wolves instead of sharks.
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  • Apr 08, 2014
    The Audience is by now used to mindless horror featuring Trey Songz and isn't used to the feeling of helplessness, and their being no real tangable antagonist. Thats what makes this movie so good. It has the cliche's. The tough one, the stupid one ect, ect.. Aside from that this is a real nail bitter and will make you flinch as you watch it.
    Vincent T Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2013
    Horror about three friends that manage to get a last minute ride on a chairlift at a local skiing weekend only for the system to be shut off and the building closed for the rest of the week leaving the gang stranded, up high and in the freezing cold with hungry wolves waiting below. Frozen has some great moments of tension throughout and is pretty scary if you put yourself in the friends situation and its a credit to the actors for making it believable and also wrter/director Adam Green. previously known for the Hatchet films, for showing he can do more than the, albeit fun, hack and slash of the Hatchet films.
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  • Aug 16, 2012
    [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] I desperately wanted to like this movie. But I couldn't. It's not a great start to a review but I honestly think Frozen is a hugely creative horror thriller, when director Adam Green was shooting it I bet there wasn't a single angle shot in the compressed environment in which the story is set that he didn't capture on camera. But despite the creativity and the genius of it's spine tingling premise, it doesn't deliver as many scares as you think it would. To put it simply, horror only ever works when you care about the characters who are stuck in the horrifying situations that are shown on screen, and in the case of Frozen I never got gripped into the illusion that the actors were in any real danger. If a film with a plot like this never appears believeable then everything else at some point falls apart. I think the key reasons why it never becomes interesting or suspenseful, and instead get's fairly predictable is down to the fact that the cast is poor and so is the script. It's undeniable that it's beautifully shot and very well-directed but the writing and the characters are the problem. In the right hands this film could have followed in the footsteps of tight thrillers like Phone Booth but since I never found the characters interesting enough to sympathise for them it never felt as terrifying as the thought of being trapped on a ski lift in the middle of the night myself. However it's not a bad film by a major stretch, there are a couple of moments of small scares and truly extraordinary make up and gore effect design but it's never as fist-gnawingly petrifying as it needs to be to work as a solid horror picture.
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