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Frozen

In February 1991 I was on a chairlift in Oberperfuss near Innsbruck Austria. It was taking me down the mountain over the lower part of the ski resort that was closed as we neared the end of the season. Having stopped to talk to an instructor I was on my own and five minutes behind the rest of my group. Halfway down, the chairlift stopped for no apparent reason. A few minutes later an air-raid siren sounded. In the distance I could hear a low rumble that turned into a deafening thunder as two fighter jets flew past making the chair swing violently. As I remember it they flew under the cables, in reality they may not have done but I have heard many news reports of such things happening (with tragic consequences on one occasion) in the years since, this may have affected my memory of events. After about twenty minutes that felt like an hour or two the chair started moving again. Most of my fear in the situation was irrational caused by the unknown of the situation, it turned out they tested the air raid siren every week and everything stoped for the test including the chair lift. Had I left at the same time as everyone else I would not have been alone and would have had a totally different experience. The fear I experienced is what this movie needs to convey in order to work. In some ways it does but on the whole it relies on the cheep scares of a circling pack of wolves and the gore of protruding bones and frostbite.

Written and directed by B-movie filmmaker Adam Green, the movie never rises about its low budget origins. Following the usual formula of placing the characters in a peril partly of their own making and standing back to watch them make the situation worse. The decision making of the characters is on a par with people who run upstairs rather than out the front door in slasher movies. The characters are believable if not always likeable. This results in making the movie watchable if not always likeable.

Having said all this the movie is effective and has some tense moments demonstrating the writer/directors potential within the genre.

Three Stars out of Five

 

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