Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Movie Review # 152 Dead Snow (Død Snø) (2009)
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Writer(s): Tommy Wirkola, Stig Frode Henriksen
Cast: Jeppe Laursen, Charlotte Frogner, Jerry Skavalan
Rotten Tomatoes: Critics 68% Fresh, Audience 58% Fresh
Netflix: 3.4 Stars
There are three horror films I have been asked multiple times to review. Those being "Human Centipede", "Fido" and "Dead Snow". But a third as propped up that one being "Hobo with a Shotgun". All of which are in my random Que and when they pop up I will watch and review them. Now thankfully one of this list has come off. That being "Dead Snow".
Which is a teen/college thriller. About a group of kids who go out into the Alp's for a Easter get away. When they find not only fun but rabid Nazi Zombies. Which is not only as crazy it is addicting and overly fun especially for a zombie movie genre fan as myself. Especially one with as many movie references as this one has. From "Evil Dead" to "Braindead a.k.a Dead Alive."
With this one being the most like "Evil Dead" as the kids are out in the most desolate place and away from humanity. Which sets up several key scenes. As the kids unfamiliarity of their surroundings and the fact that through most the film They never know whats is happening around this is just downright silly. But so very entertaining. Now this movie would not be complete with out scenes of a overly cliched manor.
As in sex, gore and super bad special effects. None of which I will describe as they are part of the charm of this movie. Especially since the movies make up effects are down right laughable. As the zombies carry nothing of a scare factor to them. Which is fine as this movie is far from being a serious zombie film and more of an homage to zombie films instead.
Kind of like "Shawn of the Dead" as it to was not a straight zombie film. But a comedy of the zombie genre. Just like this one is a poke in the side of greedy zombies Nazis. All of which is great fun as not only a zombie film but a comedy as well. Which at least to me is priceless and so damn entertaining. Now only if more zombie movies could be this damn entertaining.
Especially in the thrills part which are so over the top and disgusting that it will either leave you wanting to puke laughing you head off. Which it did for me. Now unlike other Zombie fare this move has an amazing plot twist that you never really see coming. Which not only makes it one every special zombie film. It makes it one of my top three zombie films of all time.
Which says something about this movie. Now if you need to know my top three included. "Shawn of the Dead", "Night of the Living Dead" and 'Return of the Living Dead". Which makes this one very special movie. Which every zombie fan must see at least once in their lifetimes. If you don't and you are a zombie fan you are missing out on one of the greatest zombie films of all time.
My Rating: 4 out 5 Stars