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Dead Snow
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03.16.2010 By: Aaron the H
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Director:
Tommy Wirkola

Actors:
Vegard Hoel
Stig Frode Henriksen
Charlotte Frogner

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A group of med students head out to a remote cabin in the Norwegian Alps for some snowy fun times. A hoard of Nazi zombies that live in the surrounding mountains decide to rain hell on their parade.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
If the above plot description sounds like a crazy good time to you, well then you my friend have razor-sharp instincts. In fact, Dead Snow was the most fun I’ve had with a horror flick in a long time, and to me, that’s an important yet oft-overlooked aspect of what makes horror films so great- the fun factor. At a time when uber-serious (and yet utterly ridiculous) torture porn and lifeless remakes have become the genre’s norms, it’s refreshing to see a film that neither takes itself seriously nor rehashes old source material.

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.
THE EXTRAS
Behind Dead Snow (18:39) - Not your typical Hollywood making-of, this might be the most fun you’ll ever have going behind the scenes, and it provides some great footage of how they pulled off a lot of memorable moments. Also these Norwegians are damn funny.

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.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
You already know if this is the kind of film you’re into, and I’m here to tell you that as far as zombie flicks go, Dead Snow certainly won’t disappoint.
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