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on 17 April 2010
Norwegian film makers get it. This is how to make a cool movie; balance the humor and horror, special effects that don't over power the movie, and most importantly: actors that care what they are doing and do it well!. The story revolves around a bunch of medical students getting away for some rest and relaxation during the Easter break. Unknown to them, they've set up camp at the absolute wrong place. Back in the day, evil Nazi's used these hills for an escape route or safe haven way back when, and it's said that this is where they supposedly holed up and eventually died. Well, they ain't all that dead. Our medical students eventually meet these blood-thirsty German maniacs and the red stuff starts flowing. A mad dash for survival ensues, and it all ends up being a 'hail' of a lot of fun, there's chainsaw action, decapitations, rope pulling with intestines, axe murders, machine gun concerts and disembowelment. The effects are top-notch in spite of the obvious budgetary restrictions, and the make up art on the zombies is very impressive. The rotting uniformed corpses look quite menacing, especially their leader. The snowy landscapes were beautiful picture to behold, although it's even more amusing to see the white snow color red with blood! Tommy Wirkola is a clearly talented director and hopefully a promising long career awaits him. The flick however isn't perfect as it suffers some from small horror clichés, like dumb decision making. But at the same time, they handle these clichés in a somewhat refreshing manner. Some cheap scare tactics are used early on to get you on edge, but those are barely used later on, when violence and creative gore take hold. Dead Snow really surprised me. I wasn't expecting such a fun flick and the characters were all well-fleshed out, the dialogue well-written and funny, the gore aplenty, the horror nods abundant and awesome (Braindead t-shirts?!), and even the score and soundtrack were good. This should become a pretty big hit for horror fans, well I hope so anyways.
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Four medical students along with three women, with a fourth to join the group later, go to a remote snowy mountain cabin on Easter break. They have a good time and seem to have no problem with the odd house in the freezing cold. While at the cabin, the proverbial visitor warns them they should not disturb the evil in the hills as legends of WWII German soldiers still roam the mountains.

I think we know where this is headed, unless you got a DVD without any cover art. The dialouge was pretty good, with some humor and dark humor. The zombies were not the foot dragging variety, but moved rather quickly and with some forethought. The soundtrack was excellent ranging from classical to European industrial. The cabin aspect brought back memory flashes from "The Evil Dead" plus the fact they mentioned it in the film. The blood and guts effects bordered on Troma style. It was comical to watch a brain fall out of a victims head...sorry I laughed.

I bought the 2-disc version at my local Walmart for $9.96. It defaults to Norwegian language and English subtitles. I watched it in English with English subtitles. The spoken English was a bit hipper than the written subtitles which appeared to be more of a word for word translation without bothering to create a loose feel. Great entertainment. I wished they had reused the classical music somewhere in the final scenes, which they had opened the film with, bringing us full circle. I don't know if I would place this in the top 25 zombie films as the cover claims. If it did make that list, it would be nearer to 25 than to number 1. But then again, I watch a lot of zombie films.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, sex, no nudity.
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Every now and then a film comes along that is really good, and this is one of those. Unfortunately the horror genre is full of dross these days and so it is really good when something like this comes along. What makes it even better is that this didn't come out of Hollywood or Japan, but our neighbours Norway (those people who send us a Christmas tree for Piccadilly Circus each year).

This film is definitely tongue in cheek, and a great parody of the genre, especially of The Living Dead. The humour is dark, which I always love and there are loads of blood and guts. A group of medical students decide to head away for the Easter period to a remote cabin and have a relaxing break. What should be a nice relaxing time of drinking and sex just isn't going to happen, because suddenly they run into a regiment of Nazi Storm Trooper zombies. Cue people being torn apart, and zombies being cut up. If you like something that is different and is going to make you laugh you will love this. With such things as hanging off a cliff face with zombie guts as your rope this is something that has been well thought out, and is well acted. The location shots with all the snow add something to this, really bringing home the desolation and isolation of the group of hapless students. There is no nudity, before you ask, but there is a fantastic scene where a girl is having sex with a bloke, whilst he is sitting on the outside toilet after going out for a dump, also this has the beautiful Charlotte Frogner in it.
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on 10 June 2016
I was expecting a horror film and that was what I got; and "in spades". I had a feeling after the first few shock moments that it was a film on a tight budget and that I would be watching lots of cleverly edited cheap special effects but soon the gore was everywhere and it really was gruesome. My only tiny quibble was around "plot device" that apparently put them in such danger. Was being near treasure the trigger (was the hut the zombies hiding place for it), or was it that the zombies had a need to collect all of it and this was one of the last or last piece of treasure they hadn't gathered? But that didn't matter really - it was really entertaining.
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on 18 June 2012
If Peter Jackson were Norwegian Dead Snow would surely be the result. Tommy Wirkola has the right idea here, create a zombie movie that doesn't take itself seriously and opts for the intestine-strewn laugh. Seriously, anyone watching a film about Nazi zombies won't be expecting any Oscar nominated script. But that's fine; sometimes you only want a horror flick with the sole aim of gross-out and humour. Thankfully Dead Snow delivers well on both counts.

Plot - for what it's worth - sees bunch of medical students holing-up in a mountain cabin for some R'n'R. Unluckily for them, said mountains are also home to a bunch of bloodthirsty Nazi zombies out for revenge. Anyway, who cares about the plot; show me the innards! Once the films kick off after the first third is when the fun really starts and it enters firmly into the realms of Braindead - right, let's see how much blood-spattered mayhem we can squeeze into the remaining running time.

Highlights include a Skiddoo with mounted Gatling gun, impromptu triumphant auto-dismemberment (nod to Evil Dead 2) with a chainsaw, cranial seperation, and a 'you've got to be kidding me' two-finger salute of an ending.

Watch if you like humorous mindless violence; avoid if you're looking for a meaningful discourse on existentialism.
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on 14 March 2013
I really enjoyed this movie. It starts off like so many nordic horror movies with usual team of horny guys and girls heading out for a snowboarding weekend in the wilds of nowhere. Initially, it follows the usual formula and you do not see who is behind the attacks but about half way through it really kicks in and it becomes one of the best (and daftest) horror comedies I have seen for a long time. Plenty of blood and gore as the movie heads towards its conclusion but also a great deal of fun and some real laugh out loud moments. Nothing new but a welcome addition to my dvd collection.
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Eight Norwegian medical students (it's a Norwegian film, English subtitled by the way) take an Easter vacation in a mountain cabin belonging to one of them. One (Sara) decides to cross country ski there whilst the more sensible remaining seven drive before making the final few miles on foot and skidoo.

Night falls and after a day of jolly snow based japes, they settle down with beers and Twister, as you do. Sara still hasn't arrived but a taciturn stranger does. He settles back with a coffee and tells them the story of the Nazi occupation of the area during the Second World War. Led by the sadistic Colonel Herzog, the occupying forces had made the townspeople's lives a misery with abuse, rape and torture commonplace. As the war came to an end, a final act of looting and murder before the Russians arrived drove the locals to take their bloody revenge and the mountains were soaked in German blood.

In the dark, one of the students soon comes to regret the outside facilities but back in the cabin, a wooden box containing gold coins and antique jewellery is discovered. The fight to the death with the gold-hunting Nazis is on.

It's Evil Dead in the snow. But with Nazis. What's not to like ? Oceans of blood, buckets of entrails, heads flying, great scenery and some real laugh out loud moments (the soldier climbing onto the skidoo, the badly aimed Molotov cocktail) made this a very entertaining movie. Not for the squeamish, this film does what it says on the case but fans of the genre will lap this up quicker than a thirsty cat in a bucket of milk.

Like zombies, like gallons of blood, like "biting" humour...Nazis...chainsaws ? You will love this. Poor yourself a large Schnapps, sit back and enjoy the ride. Might even be worth paying a bit extra for the Blu-Ray so you can enjoy the fantastic scenery and convince yourself it's educational.
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on 24 June 2012
Liked the sound of this film based on the Amazon reviews so took a punt, despite being a little concerned that the subtitles might detract from the overall experience. Happy to say I was wrong. As you might expect in a zom com, there's little talking during the action parts so no chance of missing anything whilst reading the subtitles and for some reason much of the dialogue seems funnier when read rather than spoken. Genuinely makes you jump in places but overall very entertaining and funny. A worthy addition to any collection.
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on 29 August 2015
arrived quickly!.
extremely gory from start to finish!.
the only thing that lets this film down is that it is all spoken in german & there are no subtitles-which is no good if you can't understand german.
great for gore.
but if you don't understand german you won't know what is said.
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on 6 August 2012
I am a bit of a newbie when it comes to zombie films. It is only recently i have begun watching them, but i have seen enough to know that the majority of zombie films try not to be a horror, and more a tacky, cliche ridden gore fest. This film is extremely gory and does contain a few cliches, but it is extremely well done, and it manages to successfully create a tense atmosphere at some points. There are a few cheap scares, but it keeps you on the edge of your seat and keep you prepared!

Story:

The story is about a group of Norwegian medical students who go on an Easter vacation in the snowy mountains. One of the students decided to trek up there on her own, but when the other students get there, she still hasn't arrived... One night, a strange man visits the students and tells them of an evil that lives in the mountains, Nazis who were driven away by the locals at the end of WW2. This is probably the weakest part of the film, as when the Nazis start to attack, there is nothing explaining why they are actually zombies. They just seem to of somehow turned to zombies whilst living in the mountains. There was a perfect way to explain their origin when one of the students falls into a bunker/hideout, where he could of continued deeper in and maybe discovered some science experiment or something. At least some explanation of why they have turned to the undead. But this is a minor complaint, and easily overlooked.

Verdict:

I found this film thoroughly entertaining. The gore and death scenes are well over the top, the killing is brutal and the characters likable. Some of the deaths, especially Elronds, (which is inspired by Braindead... there are many other film references) are especially brutal and use great effects! The banter between the students is amusing, and some of the scenes are especially funny (a woman having sexual relations with a man after he has just finished "dropping his kids off at the pool", whilst he is still on the toilet is probably the funniest). All in all, a great film that entertains for an hour and a half!

Oh, and the opening scenes choice of music is amusing too!
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