We’ve been following Adam Green’s (Hatchet) upcoming single-setting horror film Frozen for the past few weeks with pictures, trailers and interviews and so far everything has me very interested in seeing this film. Now we have about a minute of footage from Frozen that would be considered “the setup” – that is to say, how these college kid protagonists get into their perilous predicament in the first place.

I know I’ve been hyping this film the entire time I’ve been covering it, and I still plan on seeing Frozen if it opens anywhere close to me, but after the clip below I have a feeling that as I walk out of the theater I will be thinking the same thing I did after I stuck my tongue to that frozen metal flag pole, “That wasn’t such a good idea.”

The premises of the Frozen is that three college students, Parker (Emma Bell), Dan (Kevin Zegers) and Lunch (Shawn Ashmore), are at a ski resort for the weekend enjoying the slopes and after deciding to take one last run at the mountain, they inadvertently get left on the lift with no way down, no way back and no one coming to help them because no one knows they are there.  Everything we’ve seen and read so far implies that this is the fault of the resort and the kids are hapless victims of an employee’s poor job performance. The clip below shows something completely different.

Watch the clip and you decided who is at fault:

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I realize that in horror films that the situation has to be set up by someone or something but whenever the main subject(s) of the film set themselves up for failure, then I have a really hard time caring for them or what happens to them. The lift operator tells the kids several times that there weren’t going to be any more runs that night because the mountain was closing due to incoming bad weather, but still the kids persist. The girl even bats her eyes and flirts with the lift operator just to get one more chance to ski.

My problem right now is the obvious dismissal of reality by the writers just to set up the film. The audience is supposed to think these kids are seasoned skiers but yet they ignore the orange flag placed into the lift chair AHEAD of them? Every skier, and most people with common sense, know that is a signal to the lift operator at the top of the mountain that the lift is clear and it is safe to shut it down. Why would these kids take the chance of being stuck knowing that? Also, the operator tells them bad weather is coming and it won’t be safe to ski, but they ignore that warning as well.

Maybe the rest of the film turns out better but for now my interest is beginning to wane. I’ll have to wait on Screen Rant Editor-in-Chief Vic Holtreman to come back from Sundance January 24th, 2010 with a review of Frozen to see if my fears are confirmed.

What are your thoughts about movies ignoring reality just to setup the plot?

Frozen opens in theaters February 5th, 2010.