In a genre dominated by predictable plots, campiness, and low budget gore why not spice up things by adding Nazis? Well that’s not the only thing Dead Snow does that makes the film enjoyable, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. Let me take a moment first though and explain the plot of this Norwegian language zombie flick.
Like so many horror/thriller films, this movie begins with a bunch of college kids going to a remote location for some college-age fun. In this case that remote location is a cabin in Norway, a long distance away from cell service and any main roads. In the group of students there are four guys and three girls, with one girl traveling solo to the cabin to meet up with gang. Early on in the film the seven in the cabin are suddenly greeted by a man traveling alone, who regales the kids with the tale of the area’s sordid history. Turns out that the Nazi’s in this area of Norway were particularly Nazi-ish and would kill and torture the locals, at least until a revolt by the townspeople led to the Nazi’s frozen demise. Back in the present the mysterious man disappears nearly as quickly as he appeared, the group finds a ‘hidden’ chest of Nazi gold, and soon after the Nazi zombies appear with the usual malicious intent that zombies are known to have. The rest as they say is zombie Nazism at its worst.
Traditionally zombie films don’t really appeal to me. All too often the audience is treated to nothing more than zombies en masse, and really the inevitable demise of the main cast is all too… well inevitable. To be fair, Dead Snow is exactly one of those films that I would ordinarily not like; however, add some humorous character interactions, gore so exaggerated it’s silly, awesome human vs zombie fights, and of course Nazi zombies, and Dead Snow suddenly becomes more than just a zombie film. What particularly interested me in Dead Snow is that these zombies, all fast-moving, act more like grudge-burdened specters, since these zombies actually have a motive aside from simply slaughter. In fact, this slight difference allows for significant alterations from traditional zombie films, because it allows the zombie Nazis to act less like zombies and more like the military outfit they once were. While this especially plays to my love of history, I think fans of zombie films will appreciate this fresh perspective as well.
Ultimately I feel that Dead Snow was the delightful zombie film I’d been waiting for to really whet my appetite for zombie lore. When I first heard of Dead Snow I had high hopes, and thankfully all those hopes were met. Certainly in terms of film history, Dead Snow is unlikely to leave behind a trail of awards, because after all it’s a cheesy, action filled zombie film. However, for fans of cult films, suspenseful films, and of course zombie films, cheesy, action filled moments are what makes a wonderful film. If you like B-movies, zombie flicks, or just have a curiosity for what a zombie Nazi fight might look like then do check out Dead Snow.
Score: 4.5 out of 5