Yes, VLC can be hacked. Here you can check CVE list of VLC.
But don't panic, just because your VLC freeze, that doesn't necessarily mean that someone hacked you. Make sure that your VLC is up to date.
Can you submit that file to this website Cuckoo Sandbox and then paste the report here, just out of curiosity let us see, what will happen when that file is "fired" in sandbox.
EDIT: After being analyzed with cuckoo sandbox.
Ok, we have one problem, there is no VLC inside that sandbox, so I'd like to see what will happen in the same box with VLC, but so far there is a suspicious URL inside that file:
DO NOT OPEN LINKS!
After this one it will redirect you on new one:
Then it will give you option to download codec:
and another redirection:
and that same file is definitely malicious.
For the closure; I didn't analyze that file on my own, but what I did is just a quick peek into the strings, so I can not be sure how this file is acting on the real system neither if it's using vulnerability from VLC.