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"I told you we should have gone to the beach!"
on June 1, 2014
This is, without a doubt, my favorite Norwegian zombie movie.
Loosely based on the draugen folktales, the plot involves Nazis who were killed for robbing and terrorizing the people who lived in and around Oksfjord. Ever since then, the Nazi undead have been on the lookout for their missing loot, seeking to reclaim it wherever it's found. In this case, part of their `treasure' is in a box beneath the cabin of a woman, Sara, who's waiting to meet a few friends there for Easter vacation. The hostess doesn't show up but her 7 friends do. Before you can say, having an outhouse is a really bad downgrade in a vacation home; the bodies start to pile up. This film is equal parts humorous and horrifying. I liked it for its audacity and style, choosing to ignore its lack of originality. It is, after all, just another variation of a slasher/splatter flick where a group of people are isolated in a cabin and picked off one by one. There's also the obligatory creepy guy who reveals the history of the area to the unsuspecting campers. This film also relies heavily on jump scares (very effective but not entirely original). I did love the use of Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King during the opening sequence. I also love that one of the characters, Roy, picks up a hammer and sickle to attack the Nazi zombie horde (very ironic). I've watched this movie twice, listening to the original Norwegian language with English subtitles. It is incredibly fun and has a prominent place in my collection. (I purchased it based entirely on the cover art on the DVD and I'm glad I took the chance. It's a great `find.')
The director/writer of Dead Snow, Tommy Wirkola, also wrote and directed Hanzel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. He is also involved in making the sequels to both films. I am of course anxiously waiting for Dead Snow: Red VS Dead to come out on DVD (it is currently still in theaters abroad).