Huh? “Dead Snow”, you say? That’s sounds pretty lame, right? Well, yeah, I guess it does, but then it’s supposed to sound a bit lame, and just the tinsy, tiniest bit awesome. I’ve watched this Norwegian Nazi-zombie-horror-splatter-comedy two times now, and man, let me tell you something: It’s hilarious. Downright gut-wrenchingly hilarious, even, and since you Yanks are getting your taste of this film pretty soon (it’s gotten rave reviews out of Sundance and picked up a distributor), I thought it prudent to say some words about this precious little thing I love so much.
I don’t normally review Norwegian films, nor do I normally make much fuzz about my beloved zombie flicks.. For every “28 Days Later” and “Shaun of the Dead” there’s Romero’s latest fiasco and Hollywood’s lame attempts at PG-13 horror-zombie films, and I also know that most of you who read my blog aren’t horror fans (yes, I’m talking to you. Don’t look so damned surprised and wipe that damn smirk off your face, won’t you?).It’s not that it’s a genre that’s particularly hard to get right.Take some good-looking teenagers, stick ’em in a shopping mall/abandoned building block/ in a cabin / what-have-you, and proceed to watch them get digested one at a time for at least an hour and a half. Spoiler alert: it’s usually the black guy who dies first.
“Dead Snow” doesn’t really remake any of those staples. It’s about a group of medical students who wants to spend their Easter holiday in the mountains. It just so happens that this particular mountain – the one with their cabin on it – has some pretty bad history. When WWII was nearly over and the Krauts were high-tailing it outta Norway’s beautiful countryside, one of the regiments tried to get the most out of the chaos. They started stealing all the valuables from the locals, who in turn got mad and chased the nazi-buggers off into the mountains. Where they presumably froze to death…
Or did they?
Ahem…. Well, I guess you’re all seeing where this is going. Teenagers go to cabin. Teenagers gets visited by local person who tells them creepy story. Teenagers shrugs it off, regrets it dearly and whoop-de-do, you’ve got a Nazi-zombie-horror-splatter-comedy.
And I think it’s pretty damn good one. Not exactly Oscar-material, but it’s not like that means anything, and while it doesn’t tackle themes deeper than “Things You Haven’t Seen Done With Intestines Before”, it’s still pretty darn funny. And that was, after all, the main point. It’s also got some pretty horrific stuff (flying brains) and some downright silly stuff, but they never waver too far from the main story-line. It’s a tight rope to walk, but they do it incredibly well, and that’s pretty much way I think this film will do well for itself in the States.
Other parts of the movie is pretty bad though, but a foreigner won’t notice the stiff dialogue as much as I did. They’ll just see a another zombie film, but with Nazi-zombies.
Now ain’t that something else?
7.0 /10 ( very, very weak)
(Okay so it should get a lower grade but it’s my blog, so you can all just suck it :) )