Monday, February 1, 2010

Dead Snow - DVD Review


Starring Vegar Hoel and Lasse Valdal.
Directed by Tommy Wirkola.

This Norweigan horror/comedy knows its genre, doesn't aim high, and hits dead center. I don't know why they decided not to title it the more accurate "Nazi Zombies," but maybe they figured that was too much.

Eight med students (4 men, 4 women, all in early 20's) head out for a skip trip in a remote cabin. Horny hijinks ensue. One guy is a movie buff so he can be self-referential to other horror movies. An old man shows up for no other apparent reason that to give the backstory of these mountains so we know the plot of the rest of the movie. The tension builds. We get to know these characters and like some of them.

And then the Karo syrup pours. Apparently zombies drool dark blood. More than one character has their small intestines strung out like a garden hose. The longer certain characters live, the more caked they get with blood. Let it not be said they skimped on the splattering.

Unfortunately there's only so much you can do with zombies, and just because they're in Nazi uniforms doesn't really distinguish them. The movie has enough giddy fun though that it's worth it for those expecting it to be exactly what it is: Night of the Nazi Zombies.

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