Film review: Død snø [Dead Snow] (2009), directed by Tommy Wirkola
Here’s something you don’t see every day. Nazi zombies. In Norway. Dead Snow, or as it’s called in its native country, Død snø, is a horror comedy.
A group of med students travel up to a remote cabin in the mountains to spend their Easter holiday together. It’s all fun and games until a man shows up telling them about the local folklore… about how the Nazis in the area were raiding the locals, stealing their valuables and torturing them. Eventually, they were thought to have frozen to death. Re-emerging in the present day as zombies, I suppose it’s true, of sorts.
I can’t say I know any of the actors (Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Charlotte Frogner, Lasse Valdal, Evy Kasseth Røsten, Jeppe Laursen, Jenny Skavlan, Ane Dahl Torp), not having watched a lot of Norwegian things even when I still lived back home in Sweden. They put up a good show.
If you like blood, blood on snow, zombies, Nazis as baddies, carnage and mayhem, you’re in for a treat. If you’re not into zombie films or graphic scenes of excessive gore, perhaps this is not the film for you. I really enjoyed the dark humour, though, even though the film’s bloodlust left me with a queasy feeling when the movie had finished. Perhaps not my kind of film.
In a way, it’s reminiscent of Severance, except Severance didn’t have Nazi zombies, it had murderous eastern Europeans, and a group of weapon’s company office employees instead of med students. Severance was also a lot funnier, having a lot more comedy lines.
Then again, Brits are known to be comedy experts, and Norway… well, Sweden laugh at them, but for wholly different reasons. (The Irish tell Brit jokes, the Brits tell the same jokes about the Irish… Swedes tell the exact same jokes about Norwegians, and the other way around.) As a comedy, it could’ve been funnier.
As a zombie flick, it was pretty good. I think. I’m not exactly an expert in the field… although I suppose I’ll have to practice – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is in pre-production, apparently, and that would be a must-see…