Adam Green is a firmly-established part of the LA horror scene at this point, and his film "Hatchet" has earned him a fairly solid fan base in the horror world. I like Adam a lot, and I want to like "Hatchet" more than I do. I like it in theory, but I just wasn't crazy about the actual execution of it. It's sort of like how I felt about Eli Roth's "Cabin Fever." By the time I saw it, I liked Eli a lot, but the film left me cold.
For me, "Frozen" is the moment when I get onboard. I think Green's new film is impressively directed, well-acted, and does its job both effeciently and effectively. It's another of this year's midnight movies at Sundance, and I would imagine this audience, after dealing with the weather at this year's festival, is going to feel an extra connection to the film as they watch it.
"Frozen" has been described as "'Open Water' on a ski lift," and that's certainly fair. As much as I liked the performance in "Open Water," though, I always thought the film was just okay. "Frozen" is much better as an actual movie. Green expertly accelerates the desperation over the course of the film, and he punctuates the pervasive dread at just the right moments, in just the right ways. This isn't anything like the reckless abandon of "Hatchet"... it's all about the slow burn that delivers on occasion with cruel precision