Dead Snow (2009) Film Review

Posted: November 30, 2014 in Horrendous Horror Movies
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After decorating the Christmas tree and grabbing a piping cup of cocoa, why not watch Nazi zombies tear some college students apart in Dead Snow, directed by Tommy Wirkola?

It all begins when a group of students travel to a cabin located in the middle of nowhere atop snowy cliffs. (And isn’t it great that only one person knows the way back to the car and that same person is the only one who possesses a vehicle to traverse the snowy wasteland?)

That one person, Vegard (Lasse Valdal), leaves, taking his knowledge of the car and his snowmobile, to locate his girlfriend, who is lost in the mountains. Once he is gone, Nazi zombies begin “popping out of the snow like daises,” and begin savagely ripping the students apart. Will they survive, or will they all perish?

The Characters

There are numerous characters in Dead Snow, but I only want to discuss two: Hanna (Charlotte Frogner), a Helena Bonham Carter look-alike with dreads, and Martin (Vegar Hoel), who reminded me of Ash Williams from Evil Dead.

I enjoyed Hanna because, when the Nazi zombies were attacking the cabin, she instantly sprang into action. She located weapons for everyone, and, unlike other horror movie characters, actually could use her knife to wound a few zombies.

Soon, though, I lost respect for Hanna because a) she thought it would be a good idea to split up from her group and b) she never shut up – she screamed constantly. (It is never a good idea to constantly scream because zombies/monsters/killers/ghosts can instantly find you.)

Besides, Hanna was a complete bitch to Liv (Evy Kasseth Rosten), her friend – Hanna, again, wanted to split up, and, in doing so, left Liv to be eaten alive by zombies.

And then, we have Martin, the medical student who fears blood. But then, in a matter of minutes, he transforms into a total badass, slaughtering zombies with knives and a chainsaw, and not even caring that zombie blood and intestines have splattered all over his face.

Plus, Martin, after a zombie bites him, slices his arm off with his chainsaw and cauterizes his wound on a burning Nazi zombie carcass. This scene was amazingly awesome, and it reminded me of Evil Dead.

The Problems

  • Where the hell did Vegard locate a machinegun for his snowmobile?
  • Why did we need a five-minute death scene for Hanna with Roy screaming, “Martin,” in the background?
  • If Martin had the car keys in his pocket the entire time, how would Liv and Hanna, if they had managed to reach the car, drive to safety?
  • How did Oberst Herzog (Orjan Gamst), a Nazi leader zombie, who was casually standing atop a snowy bank, reach Roy (Stig Frode Henriksen), who was running for his life?
  • And why, exactly, did the Nazi zombies come back to life now to locate one small box of treasure?

The Soundtrack

Holy crap, I absolutely loved Dead Snow’s soundtrack. One of my favorite moments, when Martin and Roy are fighting hordes of zombies, happens to “Min dag,” created by Age Aleksandra.

And I loved how this zombie movie began with Edvard Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” and how they included Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.”

If you’d like to view the entire soundtrack list, click here.

Overall, I did enjoy Dead Snow because it was comically horrifying, and I would highly recommend it this holiday season. Who wouldn’t want to find this DVD or Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead in their stocking?

To watch the trailer, click here

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