2010 Drama/thriller hybrid written and directed by Adam Green
(the same guy who did Hatchet
) about three young people who end up trapped on a skilift during a snowstorm, with wolves under them and no rescue available for 5 days...
Not to be confused with the Disney movie of the same name
. Though they both feature menacing wolves.
This movie has examples of:
- Foreshadowing: Everything that happens or is said during the Developing Doomed Characters part of the film ends up being foreshadowing.
- When Dan says that the worst way to die would be being eaten by a shark and knowing that it was going to happen beforehand, it seems to foreshadow Dan's death - he sees all the wolves surrounding him, and he knows that he's screwed.
- Parker's talk about how horrible the situation had to be that you know jumping would be better.
- Gallows Humor: The trio sometimes engage in this (notably when Joe is trying to keep Dan calm after he breaks his legs), leading to a few Mood Whiplash moments.
- Gory Discretion Shot:
- While Dan is eaten alive by wolves the camera focuses on Parker and Joe's faces.
- Inverted when the film decides to show you Dan's twisted, bloody, and broken legs after jumping off the ski-lift, and when it shows Joe's mutilated corpse after he gets devoured.
- Jump Scare: The first wolf appearance.
- Oh Crap: Dan, when he hears the wolf howling.
- Potty Failure: Parker is eventually forced to go in her ski suit.
- Reality Is Unrealistic:
- People complained that people could never be forgotten on a chairlift... but it has actually happened. In truth, many ski resorts take extra steps to prevent such incidents from happening, like stopping loading after marking a chair with a cone or by flipping up the seats of every chair after a certain last chair.
- The wolves' behavior is realistic, too. What might be slightly unbelievable is their presence.
- Savage Wolves: A number of predatory wolves are waiting to devour the protagonists. Ultimately, they eat Dan.
- Shout-Out: The names of the two male leads are names of two of Adam Green's friends. Joe also says that the worst way to die is being eaten by a shark and knowing it, a possible Shout-Out to Open Water. Also, the Sarlacc Pit is mentioned during the "worst way to die" conversation.
- Sickening Crunch: Can be heard when Dan breaks his legs... and again, repeatedly, when he's desperately trying to reach for the makeshift tourniquets thrown down to him.
- Senseless Sacrifice : Dan jumps down from the ski lift and breaks his legs. He was then devoured by wolves that neither had any idea where there and Dan had overestimated his abilities. It was all for nothing.
- Take That: The guy on the 'Missing' poster is a crew member on Adam Green's former movies who couldn't join him for the filming of Frozen.
- Tempting Fate: Joe makes a joke about taking on wolves. Later in the movie, he is killed by them.
- Too Dumb to Live: One more ride seconds before the resort closes for five days with a snowstorm approaching. After they get stuck, they don't bother to zip up their coats even when frostbite starts to peel off their skin. They decide to jump straight down first before trying to climb the cable to safety. Also, Parker sticking her bare hand on the rail overnight so she wakes up to find it frozen to the metal instead of just putting her hand in her coat could be this, but, to be fair, she could have accidentally put her hand on the rail in her sleep.
- Trailers Always Spoil: The trailer (and the back of the DVD cover) spoils the fact that Dan breaks his legs.
- You Should Have Died Instead: Parker more or less implies this about Joe, which she quickly gets called out for. Somewhat justified, as she's grief-stricken at the time, and she apologises afterwards.