This may not be as cool to you non-Alaskan folks, but the film The Frozen Ground has finally been given a release date! Up until a few years ago, it was far too expensive for movies to be filmed in Alaska. Taxes, flying the crew and equipment up, etc. all forced crews to look at Canada which, in their opinion, was practically the same thing. There have been some really great movies that are set in Alaska but since this state is so incredibly unique, it’s fairly easy for locals to tell the difference. (Sorry to disappoint, but the only part of Insomnia that was actually filmed in Alaska was a sign on the highway. Lamesauce.) A couple of years ago, Alaskans were hit with a casting call for a film starring John Krasinski. At my usual weekend breakfast place, I even ended up running into Drew Barrymore. Even though the film Big Miracle was a total flop, it was still a pretty cool moment for Alaska. We now have tax breaks and incentives set up for film crews so of course we would have another large budget film with some big names. And no state could wish for better than what we got: John Cusack and Nicolas Cage. Oh hell yes!
The Frozen Ground is about one of Alaska’s serial killers, Robert Hansen. Creepy thing is, my mom actually attended the same church as this guy and his family. (Shudder! Not that she ever met him but still… shudder!) I’m not sure how true to the facts this movie will be but you don’t have to twist too many things to turn Hansen’s tale into a creepy story. What did he do? Kidnapped women (possibly all hookers), flew them out to his cabin, told them to run and then proceeded to hunt them down. Though he is thought to have killed 17-21 women, he’s only been charge with the murder of 4. I cannot wait to see this movie! Not only because I’ve watched this story being retold on television for as long as I can remember, but also to see how the world enjoys a true Alaskan movie. Because then maybe, just maybe, we can finally do a movie that’s not about some crazy guy killing people (or whale hugging).
p.s. Sorry all, I’ve been doing some updates to the design of this blog. Hope you like!