Stig Frode Henriksen
That isn’t to say that Dead Snow treads in completely new waters. The film is definitely influenced by previous genre flicks Shaun of the Dead, Evil Dead, and of course, Night of the Living Dead but instead of outright stealing from them, it merely pays homage. Luckily, those are good flicks to be influenced by, and while this film isn’t quite on their level, the blend of gore, comedy, chills, and of course, Nazis works well for this low budget flick.
Director Tommy Wirkola, clearly a genre junkie himself, knows exactly what kind of feel he’s going for here, and exactly how ridiculous the film’s plot is. As a pretense to the awesomely absurd zombie villains, one scene “treats” us to the most bizarre and off-putting sex scene in recent memory (must be a Norwegian thing?). Then again, it could just be Wirkola’s way of taking a swipe at obligatory sex scenes in horror films, which is another thing I really dug here. Wirkola slyly pokes fun at the cliché’d “Character-who-makes-amazingly-stupid-decisions” by having his leads make some epically awful ones themselves, to the point where the characters acknowledge their stupidity in hindsight.
Also, in almost the blink of an eye, the scatter-brained characters go from terrified, whiny pussies into battle-heartened badasses by film’s end, which is a joy to get behind. Mark my words, the film’s final 30 minutes will long live in zombie movie infamy. Get ready for some hilarious kills involving snowmobiles, machine guns and the obligatory chainsaw, and gallons and gallons of blood and you’re starting to get the picture. But what of the thrills you ask? Well let me just say this...the ladyfriend I was watching this with nearly tore my arm off about a hundred times and half-busted my eardrums with her two-dozen screams.
So yeah...this puppy delivers on more than just laughs.
Special Make-up Effects (6:30) - A surprisingly detailed and again fun look at the making of a special FX facial mold.
Madness in the North! (48:56) - A very random, candid, hilarious, nearly full-length documentary about the making of Dead Snow and the harshness of shooting with a minimal budget in the freezing snow.
Madness in the West (17:50) - A few of the goofy Norwaegian cast and the director head out to Los Angeles and then Sundance and take a home video camera with them. That’s pretty much the gist of this one.
Outtakes (2:03) - Nothin’ special here, just the actors missing some of their marks. Skip this entirely.
VFX (3:19) - A no-dialogue dissection of the several VFX shots in the film. Not insanely well done, and a bit disorienting.
Burning the Cabin (1:01) - This is sort of a deleted scene, in that the footage never made it to air. Not nearly as exciting as it sounds though.
The Sounds of Dead Snow (5:42) - Another strangely cut little featurette, this one about how the sound guy and the director worked to find the perfect zombie sound effect. Ironically, I don’t think we hear a single sound effect in this feature.
You also get a teaser trailer and a theatrical trailer, neither of which really do the film justice.