Directed By: Tommy Wirkola
Starring: Jeppe Laursen, Charlotte Frogner, Jenny Skavlan
Tag line: "Ein! Zwei! Die!"
Trivia: Originally it was going to be called "Rød Snø" (or Red Snow in English), as an homage to the Swedish/Norwegian mini-series with the same name
Dead Snow opens on a moonlit night. A young girl is running through a wooded area of the snow-covered landscape, Edvard Grieg's classic “In The Hall of the Mountain King” filling the soundtrack as she does. She's obviously being chased, though we don't know who, or what, is chasing her. Later, we learn the girl's name is Sara (Ane Dahl Torp), and she was on her way to a cabin to meet some friends. Unfortunately, Sara never got there.
Queue the opening credits, and let the carnage begin!
The friends Sara was meeting up with, seven in all, arrive at the cabin the next morning. Hoping to have some fun in the snow over their Easter vacation, they've come equipped with plenty of beer, and even a few board games to help pass the time. But they won't have as much free time as they'd like. The first night there, a strange man (Bjorn Sundquist) pays them a visit, and warns them this area is no place to kick back and relax. Apparently, during World War II, a rather nasty platoon of Nazis occupied a nearby town, where they terrorized the locals. As the war drew to a close, the people fought back, driving the Nazis into these very hills, where it's assumed they all froze to death. But these seven will soon discover that not even death can keep a good Nazi down!
As I'm sure you've figured out by now, Dead Snow is a movie about Nazi zombies, but unlike most zombies, these Nazis are neither slow-witted nor slow on their feet. They look every bit the undead (save their uniforms), but they act every bit the soldier. They're hybrid zombies, if you will, creatures with a ravenous craving for human flesh who have retained all memories of their military training. Even the stranger who warned the friends, a man who's obviously aware of the danger, proves no match for the undead remnants of the Third Reich (after setting up a tent for the night, the stranger doesn't even get a shot off before a zombie cuts his throat and makes a meal of his intestines). Under the leadership of their barbarous commander, Herzog (Orjan Gamst), these Nazi Zombies (or Zombie Nazis...I really can't say for sure which is the proper classification) remain the tight-knit unit they were some 50+ years earlier; only now, they're a lot harder to kill.
Dead Snow moves along at a great pace, is well-acted, and provides plenty of blood and guts for fans who like their zombie films messy. If you're like me, and love a good undead story, then you won't want to miss Dead Snow.