The Frozen Ground

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The Frozen Ground
Two men look in a common direction while the movie's title runs through the middle of this poster
Poster for The Frozen Ground
Directed by Scott Walker
Produced by 50 Cent
Randall Emmett
George Furla
Mark Ordesky
Jane Fleming
Written by Scott Walker
Starring Nicolas Cage
John Cusack
Vanessa Hudgens
Music by Lorne Balfe[1]
Cinematography Patrick Murguia
Studio Grindstone Entertainment Group
Cheetah Vision
Court Five
Emmett/Furla Films
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release dates
  • July 19, 2013 (2013-07-19) (United Kingdom)
  • August 23, 2013 (2013-08-23) (United States)
Running time 105 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English
Box office $5,496,951[3]

The Frozen Ground is a 2013 American thriller film written and directed by Scott Walker, his first feature film, based on the real-life 1980s Alaskan hunt for serial killer Robert Hansen. Hansen stalked and murdered between 17 and 21 young women, kidnapping them and taking them out to the Alaskan wilderness where he shot and buried them.[4] The film stars Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, Vanessa Hudgens, Katherine LaNasa, Radha Mitchell and 50 Cent. The film was released in theaters and on demand on August 23, 2013.


The Frozen Ground is based on the true story of Alaskan detective Glenn Flothe (called Sgt. Jack Halcombe in the film). Halcombe sets out to end the murderous rampage of Robert Hansen, a serial killer who has silently stalked the streets of Anchorage for more than 13 years. As the bodies of Anchorage women start to add up, Halcombe goes on a personal manhunt to find the killer. When 17-year-old Cindy Paulson escapes Hansen's unspeakable violence, she believes the law will take him down. Instead she finds herself, once again, fighting for her life. With Paulson as his only ally, Halcombe is determined to bring the serial killer to justice.



The movie has received mixed reviews from critics. It currently holds a 59% rating on review site Rotten Tomatoes, based on 49 reviews, with a weighted average of 5.1/10. The site's consensus reads: "Though this by-the-numbers true procedural seems basic, The Frozen Ground presents a welcome return for Nicolas Cage in a solid performance".[5] Metacritic assigns the film an average score of 37 out of 100 based on 16 reviews from mainstream critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[6]


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