Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Dead Snow (2009)

Director: Tommy Wirkola
Starring: Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Charlotte Frogner, Lasse Valdal, Evy Kasseth Rosten, Jeppe Beck Laursen, Jenny Skavlan, Ane Dahl Torp, Bjorn Sundquist, Orjan Gamst

A short prequel shows the terrifying chase and eventual death of Sara (Torp). Shortly after, seven students head to a secluded cabin in the Norwegian mountains for a well-earned vacation of booze, sex and snow. On the first night, a strange hiker (Sundquist) knocks on the door, warning the group of the lands history during World War II when a group of Nazi's, led by Standartenfuhrer Herzog (Gamst), tortured and killed local villagers. At the end of the War, Herzog and his fellow soldiers were chased into the mountains with stolen loot where they froze to death. Or so they thought...

It's an alright concept but it doesn't add anything to the drama and the suspense doesn't benefit from it other than the visualisation of these creatures. It's essentially just a typical zombie film except these particular zombies have a Nazi history. In terms of it being a zombie film, it does suceed in a few scares and the cast are a fun collection of eccentric European gits that amuse, annoy and aren't too 'out there' that we're waiting for the dead to stroll in.

A cast made up of largely unknowns, especially to those outside of Norway, are collectively well-performing actors, however Valdal as Vegard rubs off the screen better and certainly his storyline is the more intriguing. A sequel Dead Snow: Redemption, featuring American Martin Starr and at least one survivor from this film, follows on directly where this left off.


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