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The Frozen Ground (2013)

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An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Hansen Son
Allie Halcombe
Ed Stauber
Chelle Ringell


Alaska Trooper Jack Holcombe believes Robert Hansen is a serial killer who abducts young girls, tortures and sexually assaults them, then kills them. But Holcombe doesn't have enough evidence to get a search warrant for Hansen's premises. Holcombe knows that one victim, Cyndy Paulsen, somehow survived, so he decides to seek her help, but he finds that she's now a junkie with trust issues. Holcombe has to earn her trust; meanwhile, Hansen is still hunting and killing girls. Written by

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The hunter becomes the hunted

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Rated R for violent content, sexuality/nudity, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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11 July 2013 (Netherlands)  »

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Frozen Ground  »

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$27,220,000 (estimated)

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Scott Walker delayed shooting for 5 months so he could shoot on the cusp of fall, starting with no snow and ending in deep winter. He has said he literally wanted the feel of the weather closing in on the story, freezing the case. See more »


Just prior to the scene where Hansen picks up Debbie in the RV, in the background is a 1990 or 1991 Subaru Legacy. See more »


Robert Hansen: We agreed on a price, and Goddammit, that's how it's gonna be!
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The end credits begin with pictures and information about Hansen's known victims See more »


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A chilling realistic serial-killer movie
23 August 2013 | by (Bulgaria) – See all my reviews

I have been interested in serial killers for some time now and I am familiar with the real story upon which the movie is based.

Although Cage and Cusack have starred in some sub par movies over the last few years, they are both quite talented and give excellent performances in this effort. However, the real star of the film, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, is Hudgens, who makes her character look very real and believable.

Although the plot has been heavily misused in other films in the past and is not in itself very original, this is not your typical serial- killer movie. The movie manages to be compelling without going over the top with too much gory details. The atmosphere it creates is very authentic - it really takes you back 30 years ago in Alaska, when these gruesome events unfolded.

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