Monday, October 11, 2010

Dead Snow

Dead Snow 2009
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Writers: Stig Frode Henriksen and Tommy Wirkola
Starring Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Charlotte Frogner, Lasse Valdal, Evy Kasseth Rossten, Jeppe Laursen, Jenny Skavlen, Ane Dahl Torp and Bjorn Sundquist
Nazis and zombies seem to be 2 things that go together well, though you do not see these combinations often. The last time I saw it was in the 7-s cult classic Shock Waves. I think it is far too long since it has been done and Dead Snow does an awesome job of combining these things with a great comedic touch. The film has some great homages that remind me a lot of films like The Evil Dead and Dead alive. But do things differently enough that makes it original. It is by far one of the best zombie films I have seen in awhile. The story is quite funny and it has a genuinely likable cast. It is also by far one of the bloodiest films I have seen in awhile and that makes it a breath of fresh air. This is just a fun film and is a real treat for the horror fan.
The plot basics are this, a women is being chased through the snow covered mountains of Norway. She is being stalked by Nazi zombies. She was on her way to meet a bunch of friends for a skiing weekend and due to the attack she never shows up. Her friends still expect her and have fun while they are waiting and then as evening approaches they receive a wandering visitor (Sundquist) who tells them a horror story about what happened to a battalion of Nazis in these mountains during the war and that they should respect and fear these tales. They scoff and send him on their way but soon they are besieged by the zombies who seem to want something. The group must now band together and find a way to survive or become zombie fodder.
This is just a fun movie. The direction by Wirkola is very light and is alos very reminiscent of Sam Raimi’s work on the Evil Dead with the whole cabin in the woods motif. He stages the huge zombie attack scenes very well. The scene where the 2 guys grab anything they can use from the shed as a weapon is a classic scene. The script is very light and witty and really carries the film through all of its absurdities. It throws plenty of curves during the film and always keeps you guessing on who will survive. The cast is quite good. I especially liked Valdal as Vergard, he makes a resourceful protagonist that reminds me a bit of Ash. Frogner as Hannah was another performance I liked. She was resourceful and not too stupid. The SFX and make up effects in the film are amazing. I especially loved the intestinge rope climbing scene. It was so over the top but the gore still looked realistic. The score by Christin Wibe was very campy and frothy and fitted the film very well. This is definitely one of the better zombie films I have seen recently and well worth seeing.
This one gets 4 out of 5

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