Feb 11, 2011

Posted in 2010s, George, Reviewers

Frozen (2010)

Frozen (2010)

Terror comes in a new form, this time suspended in the air on a ski lift.  The idea it’s so simple, yet extremely terrifying…A gripping tale of survival, you can really get a sense of the desperation and hopelessness of the characters.


Childhood friends Dan and Joe, and Dan’s girlfriend Parker, spend a Sunday afternoon at a New England ski resort. Not wanting to pay full price for three ski lift tickets, Dan convinces Parker to bribe the ski lift attendant to let them all on the ski lift. On the way up, the ski lift shuts down, but starts back up again shortly. After spending all afternoon skiing, the guys are eager to take one last run down the mountain before they go home. However, it is now evening, and the ski resort decides to close early because a storm is moving in.

The friends remind the ski lift attendant of the bribe and convince him to let them on the ski lift one last time. At this point the resort is almost deserted. Before the group gets all the way to the top, the attendant is called into the boss’s office and is replaced by a co-worker. As he leaves, the old attendant tells his co-worker that there are only three skiers left and then the ski lift can be shut down. Another set of three skiers comes down the mountain. When the new attendant sees them he shuts down the ski lift, stranding the friends in their ski lift chair far above the ground.

The friends are first annoyed. They assume that there’s another technical difficulty with the ski lift. A few minutes later, however, the lights go out, scaring the three skiers. Night has come and a snow storm moves in. After a while, a snowcat comes along and it seems as if the driver is about to see them. However, at the last second, the driver is called back to base. After several hours, the friends realize that no one is coming to get them and that they could be stuck up there all week, as the resort is closed on weekdays. Parker then loses her right glove while smoking. Dan realizes he has no choice but to jump from the ski lift chair and get help, as they will not survive up there in the bitter cold until Friday.

Dan jumps off the lift onto a hard section of the ski path, breaking both his legs, having his left bone sticking out. Dan is approached by a wolf who growls at him and then runs away, as Parker throws her snowboard below. Joe, now fearing for Dan’s safety, decides to climb up and traverse the ski lift cable so that he can get to a chair that is closer to the ground. However, after traversing a few feet, he returns to his chair, his hands cut, and holds Parker, preventing her from watching the scene below. Dan has now been surrounded by a pack of wolves who devour him as he screams in pain.

In the morning, Parker wakes up with her right hand stuck to the ski lift safety bar which she has grabbed in her sleep. She pulls it free, losing skin in the process. In addition, she has developed a bad case of frostbite on her face. After a few hours, Joe climbs up, traverses the ski lift cable (and also severely cuts his hands), and this time safely climbs down the ladder of a support pole two chairs back. At the same time, Parker’s ski lift chair begins tipping as it has started to loosen from its supporting cable. After fighting off a pair of wolves, Joe slides down the mountain on Parker’s snowboard. The wolves return and chase after him.

Another night passes and no one has shown up to help Parker. She now realizes that something has happened to Joe. She begins to attempt a jump down herself, but the bolt holding the lift chair falls and the chair drops several feet but is caught by a supporting cable. Suddenly, her ski lift chair begins dropping more as its supporting cable begins to shred. Parker jumps down, now from a fairly safe height, but is hobbled after the lift chair falls on her ankle. Parker then crawls down the mountain, pausing when she sees a streak of blood in the snow and is then approached by a wolf. After sizing her up, the wolf returns to the nearby pack, who are occupied: apparently finishing off Joe’s remains. Parker makes it the rest of the way down the mountain, to the highway, where she is eventually picked up by a passing driver and taken to a local hospital.

The director makes effective use of his location by choosing interesting camera angles and throwing in the right amount of crane work. You can also tell that the actors were actually suspended up high for much of the shoot, which adds authenticity to the situation.

I have to say that I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.  The loneliness and desperation are so real.

My only complain or flaws in the movie was why these three did not pull their hats down to cover their faces in supposedly freezing cold weather or how come none of them had a cell phone is beyond me. 

Definitely a flick worth checking.

Director :
Adam Green


  • Emma Bell as Parker O’Neill
  • Kevin Zegers as Dan Walker
  • Shawn Ashmore as Joe Lynch
  • Rileah Vanderbilt as Shannon
  • Ed Ackerman as Jason
  • Adam Johnson as Rifkin

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