All skiers and snowboarders out there, take heed: this may be a movie that you want to skip. Anyone who's ever ridden a chairlift has felt the fear of being stranded, especially when you're up high. Indie horror director Adam Green has made this nightmare a reality in his film 'Frozen', which is debuting at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
Starring Shawn Ashmore ('X-Men'), Kevin Zegers ('Transamerica'), and Emma Bell, the movie focuses on three skiers who are stranded on a chairlift and forced to make unsettling and difficult choices, with life-or-death consequences. Similar to the film 'Open Water', where a couple is left by their diving group to tread water in the middle of the ocean, 'Frozen' is just as intense and a helluva lot colder.
Green tells Bloody-Disgusting.com that "Anyone who has ever skied or snowboarded knows the fear that races through your chest when the chair stops over an impossibly high spot."
Star Shawn Ashmore adds, "We filmed at 9,000 feet, on a Utah mountain, on a real open chairlift, in February. The whole movie, aside from the set-up, is three people on a chairlift trying to survive. It was a great exercise - to carry the film for an hour and a half, two hours, without a lot of special effects. You can't keep people interested by cutting to another storyline, you stick with these people. The writing had to be very strong, and if there's any false moments or beats, the whole movie is blown.
This is a rickety chairlift, too...one you don't want to be caught on. It's your worst nightmare if you're a ski/snowboard person. If I wasn't starring in this movie and I watched it, I would think twice before going on a lift again."
Early reviews are saying that this movie does for skiing what 'Jaws' did for swimming. We're shaking in our ski boots already.