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Film / Frozen (2010)

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For the Disney animated film, see Frozen.
If you don't want to be wolf chow,
hold on tight and don't let it go.

2010 Drama/thriller hybrid written and directed by Adam Green (the same guy who did Hatchet) and starring Emma Bell, Kevin Zegers, Shawn Ashmore, and Kane Hodder, 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...

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  • Bittersweet Ending: Parker survives, but her boyfriend Danny and her friend Joe are mauled to death and eaten by a wolf pack, and she will be forever traumatized by this accident. Later, she was seen on the news during Hatchet II, talking about how she would be suing the ski resort company and never go skiing ever again.
  • Braving the Blizzard: The heroes get trapped on a chair-lift during a terrible snowstorm. Completely trapped, they slowly succumb to the elements, and the main character is shown suffering sever frostbite.
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  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Dan jumps, sustaining naked compound fractures of both legs, but that's not what kills him...the wolves eating him alive is what does the trick.
  • Despair Event Horizon: The reason Dan jumps in the first place.
  • Deus ex Machina: The chair comes loose from the main cable with Parker in it, but is caught by a single tether cable before it falls all the way down, allowing her to drop from a safe height to the ground. The chair then falls on her leg, injuring it, but she still manages to get down the hill.
  • Dying Dream: Subverted. At the end when a car picks up Parker from the side of the road, It's Dan's voice that's talking to her. However in Hatchet II, Parker is on the news talking about her lawsuit against the ski resort.
  • Final Girl: Parker.
  • 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.
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    • 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.
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender Both men die while the woman lives, which comes off as sexist.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: What the heck are wolves doing at a ski resort? Also, why did they only come out at night?
  • 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, or simply having an employee ride the lift in a full loop. The operator does place a red flag on one of the chairs and tells his relief about Parker, Dan and Joe, but doesn't mention there was another group ahead them, so when the replacement attendant sees three skiers at the bottom, he shuts down the lift.
    • The wolves' behavior is realistic, too...for European wolves, which have a history dating back to the Black Death of attacking and occasionally devouring unarmed humans. American wolves have extremely few recorded attacks on people, have no history of eating them (and thus never learned that humans = food) and far prefer to avoid humans over eating them. It wouldn't have saved Dan, who was gravely injured and going into shock, but it certainly would have saved Joe.
    • Dan warns Joe about the ski lift cable being "razor-sharp". So sharp that when Joe attempts to climb across them for the first time, it managed to cut through his thick leather ski gloves and even draw blood. In actuality, a ski lift cable is not even remotely sharp. Sure, his gloves would have some scratches on them due to some small friction, but it definitely wouldn't cut through the leather gloves like a hot knife through butter.
  • Savage Wolves: A number of predatory wolves are waiting to devour the protagonists. Ultimately, they eat Dan and then Joe. Can be unintentionally hilarious if you know something about wolf body language - many of the "savage" wolves are wagging their tails, a friendly gesture among adult wolves.note 
  • Senseless Sacrifice : Dan jumps down from the ski lift and breaks his legs. He was then devoured by wolves that neither had any idea were there and Dan had overestimated his abilities. It was all for nothing.
  • 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.
  • Stuck on a Ski Lift: The basic premise of the movie.
  • 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, at night, 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.
  • 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.

Alternative Title(s): Frozen


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