Review: The Frozen

The Frozen DVD reviewHere’s a bit of advice fellas: if your girlfriend wants to go on vacation with you, don’t take her on a camping trip in the middle of nowhere during the winter. Not only will you not get laid, you may find yourself being stalked and taunted by a creepy stranger. In The Frozen, a couple soon realizes that their romantic getaway isn’t what they had planned when things start going awry. The result is a repetitive and predictable horror with a storyline that is all too familiar with horror audiences.

The film opens with Emma, played by Brit Morgan of True Blood, in the midst of taking a pregnancy test. When the test comes back positive, the distraught young woman decides to hide the news from her boyfriend as they embark on their camping trip together. It is apparent from the start that Emma is uncomfortable with the news, as well as the camping trip, as she remains cold and distant from her excited and optimistic boyfriend.

Once the couple arrives at their destination—a vast snow-covered campground surrounded by trees—the pair hop aboard their snowmobile and ride off into the woods, setting up their tent in a secluded area.

After questioning her boyfriend’s abilities and being openly miserable about the trip, Emma decides to go along with whatever he offers, joining him on a ride on the snowmobile to look at the sights that surround the area. The ride goes horrible wrong and the couple crash, leaving them stranded in the woods. The trip worsens from there when the couple begins being stalked by a stranger lurking around their tent. 

The Frozen started off slow and remained slow all the way through. The main characters are unlikeable, especially Emma who does nothing but complain and sulk during the beginning of the film. The lack of chemistry between the couple only adds to their unlikableness as the movie continues, making it hard to watch them work through their issues and try to make it out of the situation safely. 

Although there wasn’t much to work from, the acting wasn’t particularly exceptional, either. The boyfriend, played by Seth David Mitchell, sounded like he was reading his lines off of cue-cards every time he spoke, making the interactions between him and Morgan feel forced and unnatural. Morgan’s acting wasn’t a complete mess and there were a few scenes, like a scene where she speaks to her unborn baby, which worked really well in the film and helped to carry the movie just a little further. Despite her efforts to hold the movie on her shoulders, there wasn’t much for her to go with and nowhere for her to take it.

The storyline becomes repetitive and boring as we watch Emma cry, get scared at a noise, run around, and sleep. There were a few instances where more could have been delivered to the audience to produce a frightening experience; however, the filmmakers dragged the situation out too far, making things uninteresting. When things do finally happen, the explanation isn’t exciting or new enough, making the film feel like a recycled horror movie.

The uncreative title alone makes the movie unappealing from the get-go but when the “twist” is revealed at the end, which was easily predictable from the moment the couple have their accident, the film lost all credibility as a horror movie. The lackluster finish made it seem like director/writer Andrew Hyatt didn’t even try to deliver something decent to horror fans and that he assumed we would like anything with a somewhat appealing heroine, a creepy setting, and occasional music to produce jump scares.

Not only did the movie feel thrown together, it has similarities to a few other films such as Frozen and Wind Chill, only weakening the movie even more. If the film had done more to establish its own identity, worked on being more subtle about the plotline, and had actually given the audience something exciting to watch, The Frozen would have been worth viewing. 

The progression of the film with the lack of a payoff is one of the movie’s downfalls and if Hyatt had focused more on establishing better characters and storyline rather than trying to come up with a twist ending, the movie most likely would have been better. But, he didn’t and the movie fails to deliver. Skip The Frozen unless you want to watch an unoriginal tale about an unlikeable character who literally does nothing for 90 minutes.

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