It’s the time of the year when it’s just a little bit too cold outside, so what better way than keep the snow on the screen and enjoy movies like the splatter comedy Dead Snow?
(Norway 2009, director: Tommy Wirkola, original title: Død snø)
A group of medical students wants to have ski fun, but they soon encounter a group of Nazi zombies that isn’t too happy about them tinkering with their gold under their vacation cabin.
While some zombie movies like the Outpost titles try to take the Nazi and zombie theme in a pseudo-realistic direction and ultimately fail because of the seriousness standing in the way of entertaining fun, this little horror gem delivers what every gorehound wants: bucket loads of blood being spilled and guts being pulled out, while the use of hammers, a chainsaw, and even a snowmobile provide enough creative kill moments to please everyone who likes their effects disgusting and hand made. There’s the typical 20 or so rather boring minutes of characters making jokes, getting involved in a snowball fight or sled and big tire race in addition to excessive drinking, but at least some of them, like a movie buff quoting favorite horror flicks or a medical student who can’t see blood, are memorable.
The movie never takes itself seriously and still manages to have some creepy moments of claustrophobia and the fear of darkness. It’s a nice mix of gross-out moments and silly dialogues with intentionally stupid characters in situations that might not be very original in the horror genre, but that are used for parody purposes without toning down the level of excessive violence. The idea of Nazi zombies who want to protect their gold from the past like a group of leprechauns might sound weird, but it actually works and makes it somehow unique in the zombie genre.
There’s also a great soundtrack with alternative metal rock, a thumping score and even classic music and a folk song put to ridiculous use in certain action set-pieces. While Dead Snow never reaches the same cult status as other splatter movies like Braindead, it does a very fine job of mixing situational comedy with gory effects few other zombie flicks have managed over the years.
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