FROZEN ALIVE (1964)
Article 2251 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 5-15-2007
Posting Date: 10-11-2007
Directed by Bernard Knowles
Featuring Mark Stevens, Marianne Koch, Wolfgang Lukschy
A scientist experiments with suspended animation. He tests it on himself, not knowing that his wife has just died in a freak gun accident (NOT a murder, as most of the other plot descriptions of this one say). However, the police think it is a murder, and wait for the scientist to come out of suspended animation.
Before anyone screams that my plot description is replete with spoilers, I will say this in my defense; every time I read about this movie, I read something very similar to what I’ve written above, despite the fact that the events that are therein described don’t begin to occur until about two-thirds of the way into the movie. Furthermore, since we actually see the wife’s death as it occurs, there is simply no mystery involved as to how she died, so I’m not giving anything away by making these corrections to the plot description. Yes, I could have restricted my plot description to events near the beginning of the movie, but let’s face it; this movie is a snoozefest of the first order, and virtually nothing of real interest occurs during the first two-thirds of the movie except some tepid soap opera antics and the seemingly endless setting up of a plot that could have been handled in five to ten minutes by an efficient director and writer. Quite frankly, the movie is fairly devoid of thrills; at its best, it is only slightly interesting, and it’s only at its best for a few minutes towards the end of the movie. You’re better off with either THE FROZEN DEAD or THE FROZEN GHOST .