“Frozen Ground”: First Look Into Serial Killer Pic

Here’s one movie I now have on my radar. Scheduled for release in December of this year, Scott Walker makes his debut as writer and director of the serial killer thriller Frozen Ground. The film stars Nicolas Cage, Vanessa Hudgens, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (who also serves as co-producer), and — most exciting, John Cusack, playing the serial killer Robert Hansen. I’m not at all a fan of Cage’s numerous action movies — but I don’t think this project will resemble any of those works at all. When Cage wants to, he has the ability to be pretty damn good in some great movies (Matchstick Men, Adaptation, Bringing out the Dead).

Based on real-life events, Frozen Ground follows the 1980′s Alaskan investigation of serial killer Robert Hansen, who stalked or killed between 17 and 21 young women. Cage plays an Alaskan detective who tries to bring down Hansen (Cusack) and finally gets his opportunity after a 17-year old (Hudgens) escapes from the killer and provides key information. Jackson has a supporting role as a pimp. But how wonderful is it that Cusack signed on to play this kind of role?

I think Cusack — who made his screen debut almost 30 years ago — is one of our most underrated actors working today. We usually associate him with being “the nice guy,” the romantic, the likable hero. But his resume suggests that he is much more than that and has played a wide variety of roles and character types. I admire the change of pace and like seeing him take on “the dark” — so it goes without saying that I personally cannot wait to see what he does playing a serial killer. Here, his character kidnaps women only to take them out in the vast Alaskan wilderness to set them free — and hunt them! Are there no deer in Alaska?! Just take a look at the production photo…he looks so creepy!

The photos seen here are first-look photos released by Voltage Pictures, the company that released Killer Joe, The Hurt Locker, and last year’s The Whistleblower. No trailer just yet, but I can’t wait to check it out. I hope it turns out to be an edgy and smart thriller for Walker and crew — and not simply a cliche-ridden story of the rogue detective who makes a singular case of his turn very personal. For now, I remain excited.

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  9. Scott Walker says:

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  10. dbmoviesblog says:

    Heard about this film so many times, and am looking forward to its release! It will be quite exciting to see Cusack in this role, playing a bad guy for a change. I am interested in the real story behind the film too. As far as I know there was little evidence that the real killer actually ‘hunted’ the women down (that I think was media doing). Most of women was shot in the back, in a situation where they were only possibly ‘running’ or ‘walking fast’ – that’s where the idea came from.

    • I am fascinated by the real-life story. If they dramatized it so that he “hunts” the women, so be it. That’s fine. Kind of reminds me of that older film that starred Rutger Hauer when his buddies went out in the woods and hunted down humans as prey. But I love Cusack and it will be great to see him sink his teeth into this kind of role. Thanks for the info – I did not know…but it intrigues me all the more. Hope this is a good one!

  11. Donna says:

    Haha! That would be your guilty pleasure!

  12. Donna says:

    Wow!! I cannot wait to see this! I love John cusak! Definitely a role we have never seen him play before.
    Serendipity!!!!

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