Monday, February 22, 2010




(Død snø)

DVD Review by Kam Williams


Headline: Nazis Zombie Flick from Norway Finds Its Way to DVD


                When a group of med students make plans to spend their Easter break together in a mountaintop cabin far removed from civilization, they never expect to find themselves in a fight for their lives against an army of Nazi zombies. Only after arriving at the isolated ski lodge and learning that they don’t have any cell phone reception does it occur to them that their predicament sounds a lot like your typical, high attrition-rate horror flick.

                So, they start joking about scary movies, even though they’re in Norway, not some rural American setting normally associated with such grisly goings-on. But that is precisely what ensues in Dead Snow, a low-budget splatter flick which tends to follow the genre’s conventions, except that the black guy doesn’t die first because there aren’t any brothers for miles around this lily-white enclave.

At the point of departure, we’re introduced to the members of the ill-fated ensemble. Each of the males fits a familiar archetype. There’s squeamish Martin (Vegar Hoel) who feints at the sight of blood, nerdy Erlend (Jeppe Laursen), horny Roy (Stig Frode Henriksen) and macho Vegard (Lasse Valdal) whose girlfriend Sara (Ane Dahl Torp) owns the cottage.

 We don’t meet her until later, because she chose to travel by skis through the snow instead of by car like the rest of the revelers. The rest of the females are nondescript damsels-in-distress. Soon, while unwinding with beer and playing a game of Twister, the partying is interrupted by a grizzled geezer (Bjorn Sundquist) who warns that these very same hills are said to be cursed ever since it was the site of a slaughter during the Second World War.

 Needless to say, the newcomers ignore the local lore at their peril which soon arrives in the person of the late Colonel Herzog (Orjan Gamst) and his ghoulish henchmen. Directed by Tommy Wirkola, Dead Snow is a derivative affair with nothing special to offer besides the novel sight of Nazis as zombies. Still, it’s well enough executed to recommend for fright fans, provided you have a strong stomach for gratuitous gore.

                Hitler of the dead!


Very Good (3 stars)


In Norwegian with subtitles.

Running time: 92 minutes

Studio: MPI Home Video

DVD Extras: Outtakes, trailers, “Behind the Scenes” and “The Making of” featurettes, and much more.


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