FROZEN directed and written by Adam Green,.

FROZEN directed and written by Adam Green, with Shawn Ashmore, Kevin Zegers and Emma Bell. An Anchor Bay Entertainment release. 93 minutes. Opens Friday (February 5). For venues, trailers and times, see Movies. Rating: NNNN

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Adam Green’s spare, merciless thriller about three people stranded on a ski lift won’t be nearly as effective at home, with a pause button (or a light switch) within easy reach.

The premise is simple, the logic merciless. Accidentally left hanging a few hundred feet above the mountain as the resort shuts down for the week, an ill-equipped threesome (Shawn Ashmore, Kevin Zegers and impressive newcomer Emma Bell) struggle to figure a way out of their situation – with the frigid environment working against them at every step.

Bad things happen, frequently. This isn’t some cheap ironic thriller this is serious, gut-level horror, and a major step forward for the guy who made Hatchet and Spiral.

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