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Feature 8.3
Video 8.5
Audio 8.5
Special Features 7.0
Total 8.4
Distributor: Madman
Classification: MA15+
Minutes: 91 minutes
Reviewer: Simon O'Donnell

8.4


Dead Snow

Zombie movies are cool, itís that simple! Best of all, this is a world wide phenomenon and although the majority of these tales come out of the US, other countries have also joined in such as Englandís Dead Set and Spainís REC. And yes, thereís been quite a few bad ones as well and when I heard there was a zombie movie about Naziís, I was almost sold, except that this flick comes from Norway but thankfully when the gore starts, the subtitles become a thing of the past.

Dead Snow follows all the archetypes of this genre, however with the inclusion of German zombie Naziís, it puts a unique twist on the mythology, meshing the atrocities of World War II with the undead. The story itself revolves around a group of eight medical students who go away on a long weekend and more specifically to a secluded destination in the woods.

The first curve ball is thrown into the story when one of the students decides to hike to this cabin, with the rest of the group driving. When the seven university students arrive, they begin their weekend of frivolities with beer and fun but when their friend does not arrive, things begin to go, especially when a stranger turns up. This stranger tells them of lost Nazi gold and more specifically horror stories about German soldiers and thus... Dead Snow begins!

Even though the characterisation in the film is quite clichťd and predictable at times, director Wirkola manages to keep the story interesting by adding some black comedy into the story and of course the amazing cinematography of Norway itself.

The stars of Dead Snow are the zombies themselves that are only made cooler by their hideous link to the Third Reich as the blood bath commences and unlike traditional zombie movies, these run as fast as those in the remake of Dawn of the Dead which makes the action even more nerve biting.

At the end of the day, the gore runs free in Dead Snow, although not as stomach turning as some films but Wirkola manages to create a very entertaining zombie movie from Europe, although I wish a bit more background information was given about these Nazis. Even so, if youíre after a thoroughly enjoyable and at times adrenaline pumping horror film, than this is definitely the killer movie for you!

And yes I almost peed my pants!

DVD Special Features

Making of DEAD SNOW
Cast and crew at Sundance
Make up featurette
Special effects featurette






 
 



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