13th Mar2014

‘Frost’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Helgi Björnsson, Einar Dagbjartsson, Valur Freyr Einarsson, Björn Thors, Elma Lísa Gunnarsdóttir, Anna Gunndís Guðmundsdóttir, Hallur Ingólfsson | Written by Jón Atli Jónasson | Directed by Reynir Lyngdal

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If I tell you that Frost was released on DVD back on February 10th and only now am I getting round to putting fingers to keyboard, you may have some idea of where this review is headed.  Oh, and did I mention this is another found-footage flick? You have been warned.

At a remote glacier drilling station on the outskirts of the arctic circle, two young researchers wake up to discover that their station base camp has been mysteriously abandoned with no sign of their team anywhere. As the arctic weather worsens and darkness descends the base is shaken by ear-splitting screams and flashing lights. Believing these to be signs of their missing colleagues the pair head out into the darkness frantically following a trail of blood in the snow, not knowing what they will find at the other end…

OK, so the delay on this review might not all be Frost‘s fault – after all the film was one of two snow-set horror films released within the space of two weeks and the first, Blood Glacier, was about as much sub-par Arctic terror as I could stand for a month. So the idea of another foreign-language horror set in snowy climbs filled me with a little dread. Oh, and did I mention this is yet another found-footage flick?

Billed as an Icelandic cross between The Blair Witch Project and The Thing, Frost thankfully only runs a mere 79 minutes, frankly any more and I would have had to seriously question my sanity. Oh, and did I mention this is yet another goddamn found-footage flick? And possibly one of the worst examples of such I have ever had the misfortune to sit through – breaking the rules of the (sub)genre every step of the way, even switching to traditional film-making for the films conclusion! You’d be hard pressed to choose which was worse: the piss-poor use of the found-footage format, a terrible script, lack of direction, or the even worse acting. Sorry to be harsh, but perhaps a refresher course in film-making is in order?

Oh, and one final thing. Did I mention this is yet another goddamn awful, badly shot, shaky-cam infested, found-footage flick? Avoid.

Seriously… Avoid.

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