Vanessa Hudgens gets dirty on The Frozen Ground (2013)
Vanessa Hudgens moves away from squeaky clean PG rated roles to a much darker and adult role in The Frozen Ground, a dark thriller about the capture of Alaska’s most prolific serial killer, Robert Hansen, who is believed to have stalked and murdered more than 30 women in the 70s and 80s.
Hudgens plays the sole surviving victim Cindy Paulson; who leads detective Sgt Jack Halcombe to end Hansen’s murderous rampage.
The role transforms her innocent appearance into a young prostitute and stripper who miraculously escapes the Hansen’s grasps and provides vital clues to the police who eventually arrest and charge the serial killer. She channels the essence of Lindsay Lohan in I Know Who Killed Me and bears a little less than her widely circulated nude photos. However, her role is primarily supporting Nicholas Cage who channels Halcombe.
The serial killer is portrayed by John Cusack and he does a good job making us hate him. He brings out the persona of a community oriented family man with deep dark and deadly desires, and puts it perfectly on the screen.
Supporting the stars are Curtis Jackson (aka 50 Cent) as Cindy’s pimp and Radha Mitchell as Halcombe’s wife, and let me tell you – the hairstyle does not fit 50.
The Frozen Ground is written and directed by Scott Walker and brings us into the dark world of prostitution and murder, and shows how appearances can be deceiving.