What do you get when you mix Nazis and zombies together, well you get the Norwegian movie Dead Snow of course! Supposedly when this was played at Sundance people went crazy for it. It didn’t have the same affect on me. I’m not say that I didn’t like Dead Snow, I just think watching it once is enough for me. Obviously the movie does not take itself seriously. I guess you could call this another horror-comedy. It’s no Evil Dead 2 but it sure tries to be. Too hard it seems. In fact they even mention Evil Dead 2 at one point in the film. But mostly it copies a few of the same quick edit shots of the main characters grabbing and holding weapons.
I could have seen this being at the level of Evil Dead 2, Shaun of the Dead, even Dead Alive; but the problem with the film is the weakness in the storyline and its characters. The films plot consists of a group of friends on a skiing vacation together. They are stuck in a cabin in the middle of nowhere with Nazi zombies running around causing terror. That’s the base of the storyline and mostly all that is told to the audience. There is no real explanation about the Nazi zombies which would have been nice to have had. And I really didn’t care at all for any of the main characters. None of them except for one of the characters seemed at all interesting. Even some of the comedic parts that they did couldn’t help them. But that was due to the fact that they fell short for me.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes a camp classic, it certainly has that camp feel to it. I will complement them on the gore aspects of the film. There is a lot of blood shed and gory parts to it. I think that some of the zombie make-up effects could have been a little better. You could tell that they had giant masks glued to their faces. And you could see where the make-up started on the actor and where it stopped. If your a fan of the horror/comedies or even zombie movies in general I would say give this movie a glance. It’s certainly something that the horror community would appreciate.