What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Frozen Ground is based on a true story about a man who raped and killed many women in Alaska. Though not everything is shown, the material is very strong and isn't recommended for kids or teens. A young woman (played by High School Musical alum Vanessa Hudgens) is kidnapped, tied up, and taunted. She later describes being raped, though it's not shown. Male characters are beat up and shot in the head. Scenes take place in a strip club, and several topless women are shown; sex acts are described. Language is very strong, with uses of "f--k," "s--t," "c--t," the "N" word, and more. The teen character is shown smoking many cigarettes, trying crystal meth for the first time, and overdosing (non-fatally) on cocaine. The movie closes with photographs of many of the killer's real-life victims.
- Families can talk about The Frozen Ground's violence. How much is shown and not shown? Which has more impact, and why?
- Is it shocking to see former Disney starlet Hudgens in such a dark role? Is she too young for this kind of character?
- How does the portrayal of the serial killer in this movie differ from other movie serial killers, like, say, Hannibal Lecter?