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A Harrowing And Character Driven Tale Of Survival--"Frozen" Is NOT A Horror Film,
This review is from: Frozen (Amazon Instant Video)
A dubiously labeled "horror" film--"Frozen" is actually a surprisingly strong film about survival. If you were disappointed by "The Blair Witch Project" (a harrowing film about being lost, not about witches) or "Open Water" (a film more reliant on the drama of helplessness than on shark scares), then you will probably see little point to "Frozen." If, however, the very real frights of those films unsettled you--this film should tap into the same sensibilities and be right up your alley. An incredibly tense tale of three friends who are stranded on a ski lift, "Frozen" explores very real and powerful feelings of isolation and desperation as the trio comes to terms with their situation. Realizing that to survive is to act is only the first hurdle. Unfortunately, it seems as if nature itself is conspiring against the kids.
"Frozen" is a surprisingly sophisticated drama despite its very simple premise. The terror is understated and real (not at all what I was expecting from the director of the middling horror/comedy "Hatchet"). Kevin Zegers, Shawn Ashmore, and Emma Bell do a fantastic job bringing this unpleasant experience to life. From joking bravado, to quiet desperation, to regret and recriminations, to acceptance and action--you really feel tapped into the emotions and fear of the protagonists. That's why "Frozen" is so disturbing and so great. The middle third of the film is so intense and memorable, it will definitely stick with me as one of the most horrifyingly bleak things I've seen this year! And while the film does strive for a "scary" payoff with a bigger action sequence at the finale, the palpable sense of danger of the film's quieter moments is never equaled.
I truly think it is a disservice to market "Frozen" strictly in the horror category. It is most definitely a character driven drama. The horror of the premise is real and not manufactured for maximum scares. Great characterizations, effective performances and a slow-build tension distinguish "Frozen" as a harrowing and heartbreaking journey of human emotions. I hope that people will come to discover and appreciate "Frozen." It is my choice for one of the biggest sleepers of the year--I'm absolutely stunned by how well it achieves what it set out to do. A serious recommendation that extends beyond horror to all mainstream audiences! 4 1/2 stars. KGHarris, 9/10.
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Initial post: Apr 19, 2011 5:13:52 PM PDT
C. OBrien says:
NIce review, but I disagree on your "Horror" assessment. It all comes down to how you define "Horror". I think Horror has a bad rap, and been taken hostage by all of the torture porn flicks like Saw, Hostel, etc. However, let's not forget the classic Horror films like Psycho and Halloween which show LITTLE OR NO GORE, and focus purely on psychological suspense/terror. Silence of the Lambs is another good example. I'd include this one also. Yes, its not in the "Junk HOrror" category (which I think you're referring to) that includes all the gore movies of today, but I would include it in the great suspense-Horror films of yesterday (Psycho, Halloween, Shining) and today (The Orphanage, Triangle, The OThers, etc)
BY the way, if you haven't seen it: check out TRIANGLE (2008). Perhaps one of the greatest films that nobody has ever heard of!
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2013 9:13:24 PM PST
Chris Cox says:
C. Obrien, u r right! though psycho did scare back in its day just like halloween, some of us grew up in the 1980's when horror was all about the body count and killing gratuitious teens and numbskull adults. for some of us, horror means vulgar ities,violence, gore, moral bankruptcysettled by an angry redneck psycho with some sort of weapon(s).
what would you say if i said that 1983's brainstorm is a horror movie in the context of egotism, power trips, being the monsters via a mind machine capable of recording ppls thoughts and deaths. scared the crap out of me when i was a kid.
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