Thursday, March 11, 2010
"Dead Snow" (2009)
Starring Vegar Hoel, Stig Henriksen and Charlotte Frogner
Written by Stig Henriksen and Tommy Wirkola
Directed by Tommy Wirkola
"Dead Snow" starts out like your typical young kids take a trip to a scary cabin in the woods story. As such, it takes a while to get going, but once it does, it's a non-stop, hilarious bit of violent camp. We're introduced to the main cast quickly as they make their way up a mountain to their friend Sara's cabin, far outside cellular range and miles from the nearest neighbors.
What they don't know is that Sara had arrived earlier and already been killed by the vicious creatures that inhabit the area - the reanimated remains of a garrison of World War II Nazi soldiers searching for treasure they had stolen from the locals sixty years earlier before dying in the mountains.
Of course, this treasure is buried directly under the cabin. Why is never explained, but frankly it doesn't particularly matter. Once the violence starts, any kind of plot just plain disappears. But again, once the violence starts, you'll be having so much fun nothing else matters. There are some brutal, well-made kills in "Dead Snow", and to describe any of them in any kind of real detail would just ruin the entire experience.
There are a few places in the movie where budgetary limitations rear their ugly head, but it rarely gets in the way of the enjoyment. "Dead Snow" is loaded with all kinds of fun violence, some witty one-liners and a few genuinely creepy situations. If you're looking for a good, fun-filled zombie romp, if you can't pass up the idea of ZOMBIE. NAZIS. then look no further - "Dead Snow" is for you.