'Frozen 2' is Surprisingly Similar to a Recent Horror Movie

Disney's much-anticipated Frozen 2 came out this past weekend, to the enjoyment of families (and solo adult moviegoers who creeped out said families) everywhere. It broke all kinds of box office records, and also the record for "Strangest Talking Snowman Movie That Doesn't Star Michael Keaton." Yeah, there's a lot of weird stuff going on in this movie. As some critics have noted, it shares some similarities with the 2018's Annihilation, an existentialist sci-fi horror drama starring Natalie Portman and no cartoon reindeer whatsoever. But it's not just a vague resemblance, Frozen 2 plays like a straight-up song-filled animated remake of this weird-ass movie.

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(SPOILERS! Seriously, lots of SPOILERS!)

At the beginning of Frozen 2, Anna, Elsa and the gang have to journey inside the Enchanted Forest. While in Annihilation, Portman's character Lena joins an expedition into "The Shimmer," an alien anomaly that's taken over a woodland area -- so basically an "enchanted forest" for grown-ups.

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Once there, things aren't quite what they seem. The sunlight looks different, and the laws of physics aren't quite right. Of course, the laws of physics in the Frozen-verse allow for wisecracking snowmen, but that's beside the point.

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They encounter remnants of the past that change their perception of loved ones. And they discover freaky supernatural sculptures in the shapes of dead people; in Annihilation they're plants, in Frozen 2, ice (naturally). Oh, and there are loads of monsters.

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This all builds to a scene where our heroine, now separated from the rest of her party, makes a quest to discover some hidden truth about her life. And both journeys ends at a coastal location; Lena at a mysterious lighthouse, Elsa at the island of Ahtohallan.

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There they have to travel below ground into some kind of cave.

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Where things get confusing and psychedelic.

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Lena ultimately destroys herself and the lighthouse. Similarly, Anna explodes the dam, expecting to flood Arendelle and atone for her people's past sins. They really are surprisingly similar, so if Disney's up for making more family versions of arthouse horror movies, maybe Toy Story 5 could be a riff on Hereditary? Or how about a new Santa Clause sequel in which Kris Kringle stalks teens a la It Follows?

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