Firstly, thanks very much to Barry of Cinema Catharsis for hosting such an interesting blogathon. When I read about it I knew immediately which film I wanted to review. Arachnophobia. But that was already taken so I settled with Frozen (let it go, let it go) instead.
*this review contains some spoilers*
Before Frozen became the most annoying phenomenon EVER it was actually an American horror/thriller, released in 2010. The story follows three friends who get stuck on a ski lift and alright, it might not sound like the most terrifying set-up ever – especially if there’s Grappa and an electric blanket for company – but for our comrades in this instance, conditions are not fun. Think of a movie like Open Water, move it to a ski resort and you’re half way there.
Due to a series of Final-Destination-esque events (maybe slightly less dramatic) our three friends find themselves stuck on a ski lift chair with no power, no lights and no-one hiding behind a bush shouting “wind up!”. Everyone has left, the resort is closed and our friends realise they will be stuck for the next week – and likely die – unless they find a way down.
I’m not sure how far up they are exactly – but it’s high enough you wouldn’t choose to jump unless you want your leg bones to pop out the top of your knees before you’re eaten to death by wolves. Hint – this may happen. And I think the proper medical term is actually ‘compound fracture’.
If you read snotty critic reviews for Frozen you’ll more than likely read its “dumb” or “predictable” but I personally really enjoyed it. It’s not going to win any major awards but it’s a fun, interesting film and better than your average small time horror. Sure, you’ll be shouting at the TV occasionally when you disagree with their Best Plan Of Action but that’s the worst thing I could say about it. Mobile phones don’t exist in ski resorts, okay?
I liked the characters, especially Joe (played by Shaun Ashmore) and the dialogue is intentionally funny at times. It’s set-up in a smart way so we immediately get thrown into their world, their relationships with one another and their fun day out. With a film that relies heavily on suspense and tension this works perfectly because it’s easier to empathise and ‘feel like we’re there with them’ when the shit hits the fan.
And it’s definitely a very tense film. As ridiculous as it might sound, it’s easy to imagine yourself in a similar situation as you’re watching – and man is it bleak. Apart from leg bones and wolves and licking the side of the cable car (only joking, Jeff Daniels isn’t in this) the freezing conditions make for some fairly nasty side effects like frostbite and…. um, frostbite. But frostbite is very horrid.
Frozen tries to take the most realistic approach and though there are gross, gory scenes too (yay!), much of the unpleasantness comes from fairly regular inconveniences (I know, interesting choice of word) like having to sit and piss yourself because there’s literally nothing you can do about it.
I mean OBVIOUSLY being eaten by wolves is worse than a wet bum but I’m guessing that a lot of us would never jump in the first place, so it shows it from all angles. And dying slowly in freezing conditions covered in frostbite and urine whilst crying over your dead boyfriend’s body (or what’s left of it anyway) isn’t that great either.
Despite Frozen being my second choice for the blogathon I’m so glad I went with it. It’s a neat little thriller/horror and the more I thought about it, the more incredibly perfect it did seem for Nature’s Fury. There’s no bad guy after all – absolutely everything awful that happens is courtesy of Mother Nature.
And damn nature…….you scary!
OH man, I’m seriously uncomfortable just reading about it, how could I survive watching it? One day they will make a horror movie out of me watching a horror movie.
Haha I love that Jay!! Shall we start work on a screenplay? 🙂
I might be too close to the project!
But you’re the star!! 🙂
Clever (and very funny) review, Emma! I didn’t enjoy Frozen quite as much as you did, but I agree the frostbite and compound fracture scenes were suitably icky.
Thank you so much for participating in the Nature’s Fury Blogathon!
Thank you so much for your kind words Barry! 🙂 it means an awful lot. Thank you for hosting such a great blogathon and for having me along for the ride!
I’ve passed on this one a few times because of poor reviews, but maybe I’ll take a break from the oldies and give it a shot. Sounds like it’s at the very least, entertaining.
Ah you don’t wanna pay any attention to reviews haha 🙂
In all seriousness this is a fun, entertaining film. Better than a lot of others I’ve seen (and enjoyed!)
What’s on your watch list this week? 🙂
Thanks for the great article. I’ve never seen this film, but I’m definitely going to add it to my ‘To Watch list’. Don’t forget to check out my contribution to the blogathon.
Excellent! Hope you enjoy it 🙂 and of course, I will go and read your entry now!
There were definitely some tense moments in this one and it elicits those fun “what if” conversations.
Thank you Dr Humpp 🙂
Definitely fun to imagine what you’d do (differently) in the same position.
I think my plan would have involved a lot of sobbing. I’m not very tough.
Me too! I’ve always said that if I was being chased by a monster / serial killer / mad torturer I’d just collapse on the floor and hide my face! (crying obviously)
Ems! This movie was sooo good! It’s one of those movies that gets your insides all tied up in a knot. Awesome choice!
“Let it go, let it go!
Can’t hold it back any more.
Let it go, let it go!
Turn away and slam the door!”
Sorry. I just couldn’t resist!😈
Haha! I shall you call you Elsa from now on Kims ❤ (well….only after I've called you Belle!)
Thanks so much for your kind words and glad to hear you're a fan and we agree….yet again! Kindred spirits forever my sassy sister xoxoxoxox
Belle-Elsa most definitely Kims!!! ❤ ❤ ❤
“Let It Go. Let It Go…” Sorry Ems. Now I’ve managed to get the song stuck in MY head!
Hee hee! “impaled by my own sword!” 🙂 for some reason I just have “look at this stuff, isn’t it neat, wouldn’t you think my collection’s complete?” going round and round my head lol
Or “hoisted on my own petard!” Oh Ariel! “You want thingamabobs? I’ve got twenty! But who cares. No big deal. I want more!”
Haha! I love that!! I’ve heard that before haha 🙂
I LOVE this movie!!
O _ o o _ O
*whistle whistle woot woot*
You have great taste Pen, I knew you loved this 🙂
O _ o o _ O
#meguts #pens #anfernee
I’d never heard of this Frozen before, but it looks right up my street.
Oh please watch it Vinnie, would love to hear your thoughts!
It’s been added to my ever growing watch list.
Mine is soooo long.
Join the club.
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I watched this on Film 4 some time ago, and expected dumb and predictable. It was actually surprisingly good, and I was glad to have recorded it, so I could skip the adverts. Three people stuck in a ski-lift, what can you make of that? Well quite a lot, it seems. Good call, Em
(Have you ever seen this? People trapped in a lift. That works very well too.)
As ever, Pete. XXX
Yay! Glad we agree again 🙂 it’s definitely better than your average ‘low rent movie’ if you know what I mean. Well I know you do!
Writing this review has made me want to watch it again haha! I’ve seen Devil yes, I did enjoy it actually. It was one of those movies that I felt the first 1/2 half was better than the last 1/2 but to be fair I think that about MANY movies. The set up was great! xxx
P.S good call on recording!! We hate adverts!!
Nothing worse than breaking up a good film with adverts for cars, or for self-levelling chairs for oldies! (I’m older than most of the extras in those ads, and I can still get out of a chair for F***’s sake!) XXX