DVD Review: Frozen (2010)

November 28, 2010 in Movie Reviews by pacejmiller

I don’t usually expect much from smallish, straight-to-DVD horror films.  Frozen, a low budget ‘nature horror’ written and directed by Adam Green is essentially (with the exception of a couple of countries) one such film.  Perhaps it’s the low expectations, or perhaps it’s the unique premise and brilliant execution of tension and fear — whatever the reason, Frozen ranks right up there as one of the best horror flicks of 2010.

Frozen is unlike any horror movie I’ve ever seen.  Featuring Emma Bell (had no idea who she was until I watched The Walking Dead), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman from X-Men) and Kevin Zegers (Damien from Gossip Girl), Frozen has no supernatural monsters, no ghosts, no psychopathic killers.  It’s about three friends who take a trip to the snow and somehow end up in a terrifying predicament.  After a short set up, the majority of the film deals with how the they fight for survival, the difficult decisions they must make, and the grotesque consequences they will face.  I really don’t want to give away much more than that (the poster probably gives away more than it should), but I don’t find it surprising that there were reports of faintings during limited screenings across North America.

At a trim 94 minutes, Frozen is raw, intense, visceral, and frankly, terrifying.  Green does a great job of getting everything he can out of his script and his actors, none of which are first class.  It’s basically a well-executed concept with a “this could happen to me” edge to it.  Sure it could have been better, but given what must have been a miniscule budget, Frozen is a surprisingly satisfying little horror film that I fully recommend to those looking for a scare.

4 out of 5 stars!