Dead Snow title

Tag line : Ein! Zwei! Die!

Dead SnowWell it's been a good few years since anyone did a film about Nazi zombies, so I suppose it was about time somebody re-opened the sub-genre. Set in Norway, a group of teenagers head up to a remote log cabin in the mountains for a week of ski-ing, snowboarding and general drunken debauchery.

It turns out though that the area was used by the Germans during WW2, who used to have a base near there and were brutally murdered by the nearby villagers during an uprising near the end of the war.

Ignoring warnings from a mysterious local to leave the area, when one of them discovers a stash of stolen nazi gold hidden under the cabin, it triggers off another "uprising" of sorts as the bodies of the long dead Nazi soldiers rise up to reclaim their treasure.

A hilarious bloodbath then ensues, as the undead German soldiers proceed to start tearing the teenagers limb from limb whilst the group try to fight back using axes, chainsaws, shotguns and even motor-sleds in a series of slapstick battles.

The film makers clearly took a few ideas from some of Peter Jackson's and Sam Raimi's earlier movies, like Bad taste, Braindead and the Evil Dead films, judging by the humour and slapstick gore. However, whilst the film does have its moments, it isn't quite the hilarious laugh a minute bloodbath I'd hoped it would be.

That's not to say the film isn't worth a watch though, if you are a fan of zombie movies you'll undoubtedly get a kick out of this. However, as the film is in Norwegian with English subtitles this can be a little distracting and so you'll really need to pay attention to this to understand what's happening.

Overall marks 5/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • The films working title was "Red Snow", which was a homage to the Swedish/Norwegian WW2 mini-series of the same name..

  • The films budget was about $1.8million dollars

  • This was the first zombie film to come out of Scandinavia.

  • The scene in the toolshed, where they arm themselves with shotguns and chainsaws, complete with goofy sound effects, was a nod to the Evil Dead movies.

  • The lead zombie is referred to as "Oberst" (meaning Colonel) in both the script and the end credits. However, the zombie soldiers wear SS uniforms, who did not use standard military titles. The equivalent SS rank would have been "Standartenführer".

  • When they started filming they hadn't secured all the funding for the film, but decided to press on in the hopes they would be able to get the rest of the funds before their finances ran out. Fortunately, their gamble paid off.

  • People have noticed similarities between this film and the computer game "Call of Duty : World at War" in which one of the bonus levels has you defending against snow covered nazi-zombies

  • Whilst the zombies mostly sport worn and tatty Nazi uniforms, the snow-camouflage gear worn by some of them appears to be modern, with plastic parts and elastic pull cords.

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