You and a group of friends will enjoy Dead Snow’ take on the horror comedy genre so long as you don’t take the movie seriously.
I would typically never ever watch something like Dead Snow, but my friend and I are horror movie fanatics. She told me it was awesome, so I was obliged to give it a shot. Despite being a hardcore horror movie fan, I am not fond of the zombie genre. Even so, I was pleasantly surprise by what I saw. You have to love the Swedes for putting this little gem of a zombie flick together.
The story begins as most other horror films start: A group of 20 something friends (they are medical students) drive into the woods to a cabin way out past even the boonies. And guess what? There is no cell reception. The group makes the best of it by snowboarding, skiing, and just have a great time. I counted at least 6 clichés in the first half hour.
At nighttime, around dinner, a stranger arrives on their doorstep. He sits around with the group talking and sharing. He starts to share a story of how Germany invaded the area during World Word War II and ran things until the disturbed locals kicked them out. Before leaving them to their merry fun, the stranger warns the group that an evil presence still lurks in the area. Something about some gold coins unleashing an evil curse. As you would expect, they just “happen” to stumble upon them, unleashing some pretty gnarly Nazi zombies.
All things go straight to hell from there, literally speaking. There are people disappearing left and right. You have Nazi zombies versus dumb, but entertaining 20 something med students. This movie is to be watched and not taken seriously. There are lots of bloods, guts, carnage, some tits and some guy hanging from Nazi zombie intestines over a cliff. The action scenes are very well done.
It has all the elements of a boring, predictable horror movie, but for some reason I couldn’t stop watching. I wonder how the Swedish horror fans felt about this after the release of the critically acclaimed Let The Right One In. Hell, that movie was so good we (Americans) even made our own version of it.
7/10 Dead Snow had almost every horror movie cliché you can think of but doesn’t pretend to be some kind of high brow horror comedy. It has a certain X-factor that I can’t put my finger on. It deserves a 7 out of 10, a rating that may have been higher had there not been one cliché was missing — token black person! But then again, there aren’t many blacks in Sweden. Regardless, this is one movie I would recommend to any horror movie fan.
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