“Dead Snow” is not rated.
The first thing “Dead Snow” has going for it is the unique twist on the familiar concept. It starts out like a million other movies (and they acknowledge this in the beginning). A group of college students head into the wilderness, they amuse themselves with sex and drinking, they run afoul of some horror, then they are picked off one by one in gruesome ways. But where “Dead Snow” has an advantage is the Norwegian setting. It allows them to feature the beautiful countryside, interesting visuals in falling snow, and some Scandinavian culture. Then, of course, is the twist on zombies. We’ve seen fast zombies, slow zombies, British zombies, etc etc etc. But making them Nazi zombies is the right kind of tongue in cheek approach that makes “Dead Snow” fun. I mean what’s worse that a fascist zombie?
That sense of humor is also what makes “Dead Snow” such a guilty pleasure. It’s a good mix of horror and comedy that’s reminiscent of “Evil Dead II.” And if the fact that they mention “Evil Dead II” at the beginning isn’t clue enough that it was inspiration, the fact that the last person standing attacks the zombies with a chainsaw while wearing a shotgun on his back should be. This movie never takes itself too seriously and that carries over into the scenes where the Nazi zombies are dispatched in increasingly absurd ways.
What Didn’t Work:
The zombie abilities also seem to be a bit too inconsistent. Some are slow and dispatched easily. Others seem super strong. A lot of it is done tongue in cheek, but it could have used some basic zombie rules. A little bit of back story could have helped, too. We never really learn why the Germans got turned into zombies in the first place. Maybe they’re saving it for a sequel.
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