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!”
Two rotting severed thumbs, way up!