Dead Snow (Død snø): Nazi zombies! What more could you ask?

A lot of movies get me right from the trailer. I watch a minute of clips from the film and I am dying to see it.

Dead Snow had me with two words… Nazi zombies!

How can you NOT watch a movie about Nazi zombies?? It’s like turning your nose up at Surf Nazis Must Die!

The plot is exquisite in its simplicity. Eight medical students on an Easter ski vacation in Norway run up against… Nazi Zombies!

(BTW: Grav Deg Ned I Tide is Norwegian for “Dig Down in Time!”)

OK… a bit more detail. During WW2, a battalion of Nazis occupied a village (Øksfjord) in Norway, raping, pillaging, murdering and generally terrorizing everyone until the villagers rebel and attack the Nazis, killing many of them except for evil Colonel Herzog and the surviving forces who flee to the mountains and freeze to death. And then they return as… Nazi zombies!

So the students get up to the cabin, knowing they will be all alone in the middle of nowhere with no cellphone reception only to discover… oh no… they’re all alone in the middle of nowhere with no cellphone reception!! Golly! (Or is that Gølly?)

I had SO much fun watching this movie!

To say Dead Snow goes in for blood and gore is a bit of an understatement. Severed heads, limbs and guts aplenty is more like it. But it is done in a campy and almost… yes, I will say it… lovable way! Its dismembering and disembowling doesn’t make you queasy like the Saw or Hostel series of horror movies. This is done in a very fun and lighthearted way. A kind of homage to the early George Romero zombie carnage. It is so ‘over the top’… it goes SO far… you can’t help but enjoy it. I found it hilariously funny.

To give just one adorable example, a hapless student, after seeing his friend literally getting his head torn off by Nazi zombies, says to the others, “I told you we should have gone to the beach!”

I could not put it any better than international film journalist Alan Jones of  London FrightFest, “Zombies, Nazis, blood on snow… It doesn’t get any better!”

Two rotting severed thumbs, way up!


9 comments on “Dead Snow (Død snø): Nazi zombies! What more could you ask?

  1. Zombie Chimp says:

    I agree totally. Nazi Zombies were the words that got me. I was a bit undure, sometimes my brain can’t deal with subtitles, but once I got over that it was very enjoyable.

    There are also some wonderully black-comedic lines. My favourite being…

    – Do you remember what Erlend said. Do you?

    “Don’t get bitten. No matter what you do;
    don’t get bitten.”

    Then you turn into…

    Isn’t your grandfather half jewish? You don’t
    think they would recruit someone half jewish?”

    • vampyrefangs says:

      Of the dozens and dozens of wonderful sight gags, one that totally destroyed me was when one of the two student left inside the cabin improvises a molotov cocktail… traditional rag stuffed into traditional bottle of flammable liquid… to throw through a window at the… Nazi zombies! He yells to clear the way and pitches the bottle, only to miss the window and have the wall beside it burst into flames. Priceless!

  2. renxkyoko says:

    Brad Pitt is shooting a zombie movie, I hear. Wow ! An A- lister cashing in on a trend. I wonder if he’s gonna be tthe zombie or the hero zombie killer. Can’t wait to see this movie.

  3. vampyrefangs says:

    Renxkyoko: YES! The film production of the book World War Z (by Max Brooks, son of the one and only Mel Brooks) is in the works and is scheduled to be released next year!

    If you haven’t yet read World War Z, get a copy ASAP!

  4. […] the university students in Dead Snow (Død snø) had a place like this, those pesky Nazi zombies wouldn’t have had a […]

  5. this movie should have a ********* rating

  6. Night-Gaunt says:

    Haven’t seen it but want to. I think an American dub would be better than having to read the captions at the bottom of the screen. (They can be so distracting.) Love the idea. The only thing better would have been real Werewolf Nazis. The saboteurs called themselves “werewolves” who worked for 2 years (1945-1947) causing havoc for the Allies occupying former Naziland. They were poorly equipped an trained the too young by Otto Skorzeny before he left for parts unknown. (The same guy who trained the English speaking Battle of the Bulge Germans and rescued Mussolini the first time.) There is a great alternate world novel by Harry Turtledove, called “The Man With the Iron Heart.” The one change is the Reinheart Heydrich lives instead of is assassinated. He sets aside crack troops and materiel for after the war and then the terrorism begins that eventually drives the Allies out. What a novel.

    I got and read voraciously “World War Z” and it is exceptional. Get it, read it, don’t lend it out.

  7. leeschmidt says:

    Oh my – if I do not watch this movie, my life will be incomplete forever.

    • vampyrefangs says:

      Oh you SO have to see it, Lee!! It is a life-altering movie. And the best part?? It has no children!! Is that perfect, or what??

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