Every year I attempt to watch at least 31 horror movies in the month of October. It's rare that I succeed, but it's a lot of fun to try. This year, I kicked things off last night with Adam Green's Frozen.
October Horror Gauntlet Film #1
Directed by Adam Green
Adam Green is the man behind the throwback slasher Hatchet (and the great Jack Chop), but this is decidedly different fare for him. Frozen is more of a psychological thriller/suspense movie, and one that pretty much takes place entirely in one location - aboard a chair lift on top of a mountain. In case you don't know the story, it's about three skiers that try to catch one last gnarly run (or whatever) in the night, and are inadvertently stranded at the peak of a chair lift's ascent up a mountain.
For the most part, I enjoyed the film. SPOILER ALERT: It's fun watching the kid from Air Bud think that he can jump three stories and be fine, only to have his legs shattered and his face eaten by wolves. Yeah, that happens. You wanna see it now, don'tcha? Sometimes the film does get bogged down into the same tropes that you see in any of these "stranded" films, and it can also dip into really saccharine sentiment at times as well.
I can appreciate the difficulty of making a film like this have any kind of real prowess, because it is so stagnate, and I think that Green is able to sustain a pretty good buzz through-out most of the films run time. That's not to see that it is an excellent film by any means, just one that will hold your attention until about the one hour mark, and then again about twenty minutes later. Overall, I'd recommend it to you to watch on a cold, snowy night with some friends.