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Transcript of The Pitch
by Teresa Palmer
•18 years old and excited about being an adult
•Only child raised by both parents
•raised on a property familiar with natural environment and survival tactics
• Attended the same school in Mackay, for her entire schooling life
• Same group of friends since preschool
• Intelligent, naïve and innocent
• Attractive, friendly, shy, modest
Will Sommers played by Chris Hemsworth
•27 years old who was born and raised in Australia
•Recently promoted to the role of detective
•Will is from a family with divorced parents, two sisters and one brother
•He was primarily raised by his mother however, his father visited regularly
•Always aspired to join the police force
•Became one of the more prestigious detectives in Brisbane
•Often deals with prolific cases
•Loyal, well balanced, compassionate
•Well liked in the community
•Heavily career orientated, spends most of his time working.
Alex Harrington played by Robert Pattinson
•Alex Harrington is a 24 year old male
•Born and has lived his whole life in London
•Intelligent and charismatic business man
• Recently accepted a promotion within an international corporate business firm
• Raised by his father as his mother passed away when he was four years old
•Has an older sister who went to boarding school at the age of thirteen
•Exposed to his father’s obsession with his wife’s dead body
•Alex’s father’s obsession with his mother’s death, lack of female presence in his life fuelled Alex’s hatred and resentment towards women.
•Necrophilia desires were caused by his need to implement absolute control over the death his female victims
•Intelligent, meticulous, able to manipulate those around him
•Is a loner as he endeavours to protect himself
•blames his sister for neglecting him as she left him to go to school
Anna Harper played by Emily Blunt
•Sister to the antagonist Alex Harrington however this is not discovered until the end of the film.
•29 year old London police detective
•well educated as she was granted a scholarship to one of the best schools in London
•graduated with honours as a detective
•Is a loner, does not attempt to win the affection of those around her
•her ability to perform in her role at work causes her to be well respected amongst her colleagues
•feels primarily responsible for her younger brother and his criminal behaviours as she left him with her father
•driving force in her life is to make penance for neglecting her brother
•Takes advantage of her role as detective through manipulating crime scenes and misleading investigations
•enables her brother’s serial killing sprees
• lacks femineity and the ability to nurture, cold person, rarely smiles and has minimal body language, emotionally unstable
•Anna changed her name at 18 when she applied for the policing academy.
‘Frozen’ is a return to the psychological thriller, in response to the post-slasher era of the horror genre (Hutchings 2004). Modern horror conveys the theme of a psychologically damaged human/s that embodies the central threat to the equilibrium (Butler 2005). ‘Frozen’ encapsulates these conventions of modern horror by delivering a spine tingling, edge of your seat plot, whilst exploring the concept of an individual’s moral compass and how they can be formed or altered, dependant on life experiences. When the plot unfolds, the theme of the individual moral compass within all humans is seen throughout all characters, specifically the protagonist and the antagonist, whose polar opposite upbringings have led to two extremes of personal moral compasses directing them in their life choices. As the audience experiences the compelling and unbelievable tale of ‘Frozen’, they are able to question their own specific fears, desires and moral compass (Butler 2005).
one at a time
A film co-produced by
Nicole Ryan, Mariah Beathe,
Chloe Woodrow, Antoinette Cooper
and Directed by Wes Craven
Fast forward a month and Beth & Will are back home and happily dating while recovering together. Details of the sibling's behavior, crimes and mental state are all over the news, as are their deaths.
The final scene is of Anna, holding a newspaper with her brother's image; she touches it tenderly and then looks vengefully at the image of Will & Beth, also in the paper.
Setting the bait, Beth texts Alex to meet back at the nightclub. Alex takes Beth back to his house but as he arrives, realises they are being followed so disappears with Beth in a car out the back, and down a back ally. Will and Anna, frantically try to locate the where abouts of Beth. Alex is furious at the situation and Beth is terrified.
Beth is taken to Alex’s ‘real’ house as he proudly informs Beth of his hobby of necrophilia. He picks up pretty girls from bars and brings them home and forces them in one of his customised freezers until they are frozen dead. Once the bodies are deceased Alex defrosts the girls whenever the urge of necrophilia strikes him. Beth is both horrified and fearful of becoming his next frozen conquest.
When the adventure is over and they arrive back in Australia, Beth continues to receive calls from the admiring Alex and as life returns to normal, Beth notices a rash appearing on her face. As it spreads, she shows her concerned mum who promptly calls the GP.
Upon consulting with the GP, Beth is informed the rash is associated with a criminal offence and is forced to call the police. Beth is taken into custody and questioned extensively about her private life and career by Detective Will Sommers until it emerges the rash can only be contracted by handling the deceased. The dates from the medical tests reveal that Beth contracted the rash whilst in London and the investigation leads to Alex, the boy Beth kissed in London.
Detective Sommers, informs UK authorities of the situation and works closely with detective Anna Harper to develop a case against Alex Harrington. Beth is called upon to give supporting evidence and Will and Anna wish to use her as ‘bait’ to attract Alex and capture him. Throughout working together, Will and Beth develop an attraction to each other and try their best to ignore the rising chemistry.
For her 18th birthday, all Beth Ashton’s dreams are coming true; her parents surprise her with a two week London holiday of a lifetime with her best friend Rachel, before having to return to everyday life as a university student.
The girls arrive in London and kick up their heels at a popular nightclub. Beth is on the receiving end of some flirtatious looks from an attractive young man. They spend the night entranced with each other, followed by a long kiss good night. Beth is desperate to accept Alex’s invitation back to his house but does not want to leave Rachel alone, and instead leaves with his phone number.
The Plot Synopsis
The non-linear design of the 'Frozen' trailer has purposefully been created to align with the horror genres conventions. By targeting the high impact elements of the movie, the trailer captivates the audience with suspenseful moments and leaves them desperately anticipating how the story plays out.
Through a struggle, Beth escapes and Alex chases her around his house. The chilling cat and mouse chase continues until Beth collides with a male body, and relief sets in when she realises it is Will. They try to locate Anna and Alex whom are also in the house. Anna appears and tells Will, Alex is down the basement where the frozen bodies are. Will enters as Anna covers him...
instead of covering Will, Anna swiftly removes Wills gun and locks the door behind him. Anna turns with an evil glare at Beth and Alex appears from another room. As Alex stands beside Anna, the two reveal they are siblings and explain their sordid past; their father was obsessed with their mother's dead body which he keep in the basement freezer, Alex has developed an obsession with necrophilia while Anna has been using her police profile to dispose of the evidence. All the while Will is banging on the door and Beth is scared out of her wits. Will finds a pipe and begins to bang a hole in the door; he hears a round of gunfire as he finally breaks through to see the siblings lying on the floor in blood and Beth holding the pistol he handed her earlier. She is distraught and collapses in Wills arms, as Will gratefully whispers that he is glad she took his gun earlier.
Rather than using the bloody, gory violent scenes we have used the perverted concept of necrophilia to engage the audience.
The audience is not only confronted with the experience of death but furthermore the perverted sexual exploitation of those whom are already dead. Not even the dead are safe or sacred in 'Frozen'.
Our Unique Selling Point
The sense of fear and suspense are the weapons used within psychological horror films. The antagonist freezes his victims as he wants to preserve their bodies in a pristine manner for his later intentions. The freezers are the true weapon, as the icy invasion eventually freezes the victim's hearts.
'Frozen' subverts the use of the iconic ‘mask’ worn by the evil monster in horror films.
Our psychopath’s mask is symbolised through his dual personality as his intelligent and charismatic personality is the disguise for his perverted desires. Alex wears his attractive 'mask' to hide his disturbingly altered moral compass. This heightens the level of fear from within the audience as the victims and the audience cannot recognise a monster even when right in front of them.
The psychopath’s emotional instability causes him to become unpredictable which heightens the level of fear within the audience as they have no control over what they are to see next (Oliver & Sanders 2004).
A convention of horror films is the use of a house where some kind of evil act has already taken place (Butler, 2005).
The acts of slaughtering and necrophilia are committed in the setting of the basement in the psychopath’s inherited family home.
In 'Frozen' the basement is also the setting of the psychopath’s conventional flashbacks where his childhood traumas occurred.
One of the main settings used in 'Frozen' is within ‘the club scene’ in London.
Although this is only one particular setting and no horror scenes occur with in this setting, it is where the element of realism and fear is first initiated as the psychopath targets his victims
This setting provides a level of discomfort to a setting the audience is relatively comfortable with.
A conventional setting for a horror film to take place is within an unsuspecting small town or within a haunted house (Butler, 2005).
'Frozen' has a cross continental setting of Mackay, Australia and London, United Kingdom; it instills fear into the viewer as it displays that evil can be waiting for us anywhere in the world. It is a case of the right place at the wrong time, an uneasy and frightening concept for the audience.
Setting the scene...
The iconic scream of the female realising she is going to die furthermore evokes an emotional response from the audience as they know that this scream identifies an experience of fear and a horrible death.
A convention of horror films is the exploration of conservatism, sins and morality (Butler, 2005).
The use of night clubs creates the setting which enables the ‘rules of horror’ to be broken (Butler, 2005).
The young females become victims as they participate in the acts of drinking and promiscuity which night clubs are synomonous with.
The elements which 'Frozen' deliver will ensure a box office smash by using the proven successful formula (Butler 2012) from the horror genre as a foundation and then subvert specially selected conventions to leave the audience suspended in a state of fear and panic, unsure of what is to come next.
Frozen reveals the 'unpalatable aspects of civilization' (Butler 2005) through the use of the narrative conventions of the horror genre; Frozen also addresses the notion of nature versus nurture. The film conjures questions in the viewer relating to the formation of personality and behaviour. The opposition between the heroine and the villain is created through their vastly different upbringings. In society there is a belief that ‘but for the grace of God, there go I’; an understanding that there are situations a person may experience which can greatly alter their behaviour, fortunes and morals.
The main villain in Frozen, Alex Harrington, is indeed a representation of evil, but the justification for this evil is revealed to the viewer through the portrayal of his childhood experiences. The second villain in Frozen, Anna Harper is another signifier of the forms that evil can take. She is a hard working dedicated professional, but because of her love for her brother, along with the guilt she feels due to her abandonment of him, she herself is driven to the dark side. Alternatively, the heroine in Frozen stands as a signifier of the perception of moral decency in society; she has been raised in a loving environment, and has not been shown to have experienced any great trauma. The heroine creates a representation of society’s notion of normalcy and goodness. The ideologies in Frozen relate to the 'damaged human psyche [as] a source of horror' (Butler 2005) in modern society.
The moral of the story...
Why invest in
and Wes Craven
One of the most reputable directors in horror if not all time, the iconic Wes Craven has signed on as director of 'Frozen'. When promoting horror film, the director is often the first name the audience looks to even before the starring actors (Butler 2005).
Theresa Palmer, the gorgeous Australian actress is no stranger to horror having appeared in 'The Ring 2' (2005). Her typical beautiful girl next door look is a perfect match for Beth, and Theresa's star is on the rise with the impending release of 'Warm Bodies' (2013) the zombie romance.
Theresa Palmer as Beth
Robert Pattinson as Alex
Robert, is a hugely bankable star, with a large female teenage fan base which results in big dollars at the box office. The role of Alex is not Roberts usual romantic male lead role however this aspect of Robert will enhance the intial relationship between Alex and Beth.
Chris Hemsworth as Will
Emily Blunt as Anna
Chris is fast becoming an a-lister with his roles in 'Thor' (2011) and 'The Avengers' (2012). He embodies the strong, masculine type which is important for his protection of Beth. Also Australia, Chris and Theresa have amazing on screen chemistry.
Emily's high profile good girl image is perfect for convincing the audience she is a straight and narrow detective; the audience by into this thanks to Emily's amazing acting abilities. As the twist reveals itself, the audience will be chilled to the core as the trusted, good girl cop is shown as the root of all evil.
Use of proven profitable horror conventions
Compelling subversives of horror genre and plot twist
Bankable stars and director on board
A challenging psychological horror, with a moral compass undertone; creating an iconic film which has the potential to be regarded as one of the best films in the post slasher era
'Frozen' is a psychological horror based on true events from a local Mackay urban legend. A small town girl travels to London and kisses an attractive guy she meets at a nightclub. She turns down his offer to go home with him and when she returns home to Australia, develops a rash on her face which the GP informs can only be contracted by coming in contact with deceased bodies.....
Target demographic for psychological horror 'Frozen' is predominately male, aged 15 - 24 year olds (Butterworth n.d.). By incorporating elements women can relate to, such as female protagonist and romantic relationships, the demographic spans both genders (Oliver & Sanders 2004).
Horror & Violence
Psychologist Marvin Zuckerman (2012) states that audiences become habituated with certain elements of films such as blood and violence within horror films. Therefore, the audience responds with a decreased level of fear and shock.
A familiar style to the horror genre is a realistic style, signifying the possibility that the audience could find themselves in the same position as the protagonist (Butler 2005). Frozen adheres to these conventions to drive the fear level in the audience. When true terror is seen within the climax of the plot, the style becomes more melodramatic to heighten the panic factor.
The music played within the film and trailer is the most important aspect of the horror style. It tells the audience what to feel and when, even in the absences of perspective (Clasen 2004).
you can't judge a book by it's cover... you never know what moral compass is lying within the pages
(the plot twist)
'Frozen' is laced with the conventional iconography of females screaming, eerie sound effects and continuous scenes of emotional instability. Rather than blood and gore, 'Frozen's iconography is chilling images of frozen woman in freezers. The haunting images will resonate with viewers and become synonymous with the most iconic horror images of all time
The focus of Frozen’s narrative is the threat of an impending torturous death to Beth Ashton. For the equilibrium to return in this narrative, the antagonists must be destroyed for the protagonist to return to normal life (Butler 2005). Leaving a lingering doubt in the audiences mind is the glimpse of the ‘surviving against all odds’ antagonist, suggesting evil never dies (Butler 2005).
Teresa Palmer Robert Pattinson Chris Hemsworth Emily Blunt
In Wes Cravens...
The Plot Thickens Productions and iMOVIE present
Co-Produced NICOLE RYAN MARIAH BEATHE CHLOE WOODROW ANTOINETTE COOPER
Editors NICOLE RYAN and MARIAH BEATHE Casting by CHLOE WOODROW
and Music by ANTOINETTE COOPER
a Wes Craven film FROZEN out 2013