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Dead Snow

A movie released June 12, 2009

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Norway Cooks UP Some Nazi Zombies For This Campy Comedy-Horror Flick!

  • Feb 24, 2010

Nazis and Zombies…a combination of both. It is very surprising that such a premise has been done before. The Norwegian horror-comedy thriller “DEAD SNOW” (aka. NIght of the SS Zombies) is geared to fans of the “Evil Dead” franchise, “Dead Alive” (heck it even plugs the movie!), and to those who liked “Shaun of the Dead”. The film is campy, silly, a bit stupid as was intended but boy, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I had fun with it. This is the real type of movie that requires little to no use of your brains and just meant to be enjoyed for what it is; a horror-comedy with lots of B-movie camp appeal!
The film is a formula film and it is just so full of cliché; it follows a group of med students who are vacationing in an isolated frozen area for Easter weekend. The group is supposed to meet up with Vegard’s (Lasse Valdal) girlfriend Sara who has decided to ski to the cabin. That first evening, a mysterious stranger pays the youthful bunch a visit who warns them of some World War II Nazis who had established an outpost in the area. This stranger then warns them of the evil spirit that haunts the frozen landscape. The following day, a worried Vegard decides to look for Sara and leaves the rest of the group behind. What follows is mayhem, blood and gore as the youthful students find themselves trying to fight for their survival as Vegard stumbles on the lair of the Zombies who are looking for a secret…

              A scene in "Dead Snow."

                             Lasse Valdal as Vegard in "Dead Snow."
Yes, “Dead Snow” is pretty much a film that follows elements from innumerable other movies. Put in a little “Evil Dead” for the entrails and bloody style, some of the zany black humor of “Brain Dead” and “Tokyo Zombie” and then mix it up with some “Pirates of the Caribbean” for good measure and this is what you pretty much have with “Dead Snow”. The characterization in the film is also your usual stereotypes (the movie actually makes fun of this) and pretty much the stuff that keeps the film aloft are the blood and gore executed with old-fashioned effects, wacky black humor and (let’s be honest here), the upright “camp appeal” in killing “zombied” Nazis. Nope, the film makes little effort in creating an inventive plot, and it knows this and doesn’t pretend otherwise. 

            Gamst as Colonel Herzog in "Dead Snow."

                              Ane Dahl Torp as Sara in "Dead Snow."
The zombies in “Dead Snow” display some inconsistent qualities such as some had speed and strength, some displayed minor intelligence (using a knife) while being led along by a certain Nazi colonel who holds the secret to their “evil powers”. The zombie buffets aren’t exactly original but I have to say that it had its charm. I had fun watching the Nazi zombies tear up limbs and guts; as I also enjoyed our group of protagonists do their share of slaughtering Nazi zombies. The look and feel of the kills and of the zombies themselves are nice, but I cannot exactly say that they were original or inventive. The kill scenes were intentionally laughably “funny” as the movie does channel some gags about “chainsaws” and even sex while taking a shit.
The costumes and make up of the Nazi zombies do look very nice. They do however looked a little “dried up” doubtless because of the unforgiving cold weather. (they sure needed some moisturizers) The blood and gore effects in “Dead Snow” are all pretty standard but hell, I can’t really say that I didn’t like looking at the old-fashioned effects. They were made up of very practical effects that allowed the scenes to “boom” up the movie and does succeed in grossing out its viewer when the gore effects are in full view. It is quite refreshing to see a low-budget horror comedy still rely on old-school gore effects after I saw the abysmal “The Wolf Man” two weeks ago. (CGI gore is not practical horror effects but just mere eye candy effects)
“Dead Snow” may be a tad uneven as a horror comedy but it sure does the job for me as a campy display of blood, guts and gore. Zombied-out Nazis are just so much fun to see killed and it did manage to generate enough “camp appeal” to keep me from becoming bored. The film is sporadically thrilling and real funny but it couldn’t keep up the momentum on some key scenes. It relied on the premise of ’zombie Nazis’ to keep it aloft but never really goes beyond that level of enjoyment. “Dead Snow” is pretty much a decent GORY, BLOODY, Campy RIDE!!
Recommended! [3 Out of 5 Stars]

3 ½ Stars: Norway Cooks UP Some Nazi Zombies For This Campy Comedy-Horror Flick!

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May 03, 2011
This was such a fun flick, my boy Matt and I love this one.
March 02, 2010
Uggggh... this is disgusting! I'm not reading this review, LOL...
March 13, 2010
zombies will eat your BBBRRAAAIINNNNSSS....LMAO
February 26, 2010
Although I like Horror, I tend to enjoy the suspense side of the genre more. Zombie films are near the bottom of my list for horror, although this looks like it takes a slightly different look at things. Great review as always.
February 24, 2010
I fail to see the distinction between regular Nazis and zombie Nazis, except that the zombie ones are reanimated corpses. Other than that, they seem the same.
February 25, 2010
Let's see...nazi's are so stupid because they followed orders without question...zombies are so stupid because they wanted to feed. Zombies are more braindead...and want to eat brains while nazis have no brains. Hmmm...they are about the same.
February 25, 2010
See, we're on to something.
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Dead Snow is a Norwegian comedy horror film, starring, among others, Charlotte Frogner, Stig Frode Henriksen, Bjørn Sundquist, Ane Dahl Torp and Jenny Skavlan. It is directed by Tommy Wirkola. The film was released on 9 January 2009 in Norway. The US premiere was held at the Sundance Film Festival, after which IFC Films purchased the US distribution rights.The film will have a limited release and was released in the US on June 19 2009
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Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: June 12, 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Runtime: 1hr 31min

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