Friday, April 12, 2013

Død Snø

There is an evil here, an evil you don't want to wake up.

Why do we watch Zombie movies in the first place? We do it for the blood, the guts, the gore, and for the opportunity to escape reality for just a bit. In this case we escape into the "Dead Snow" for about an hour and a half of healthy blood squirting zombie fun. When watching "Dod Sno", be prepared to see some excellent B movie scenes. Ignore some of the minor goofs in continuity, a few plot holes that a main character could fall into, ignore those, and you will enjoy this movie just fine.

Leading off the movie is a hunting scene, reminiscent of the beginning of "Jaws", the girl who ventures out on her own, is running through the white Norwegian snow, over hills, down snow paths spotted with trees absent their foliage, like running through  barbed wire. The Zombie Nazis soon made short work of our introductory character, Sara. 

Our anti-heroes, four male and three female medical students driving in separate care to rendezvous with each other in a cabin out in the middle of nowhere (cabin in the woods). The rest of the movie is somewhat predictable, lonesome cabin, no cell coverage, creepy stranger appearing with a warning, people going missing, reminds me of a "Scooby Doo" episode. "If it weren't for those darnn kids!" the Nazi zombie Colonel, grunted in German, blood oozing from his mouth, necrotic flesh pulling away from his teeth.

Let me warn you right here and right now. DO NOT TURN OFF THE MOVIE! If you do, you will miss getting to know our sex crazed, beer drinking, medical students, and some genuinely impressive zombie killing scenes. Watch for the many horror movie references, director Tommy Wirkola threw in to this movie. My wife and I had fun after the movie counting them all up.
Vegar Hoel as Martin, a blood squeamish medical student on Easter vacation, is along with friends, for a week of sex, alcohol, and fun in the snow. Obviously learning to cope with the sight of blood is an area of growth for Martin. The main cast, Stig Frode Henriksen as Roy, Charlotte Frogner as Hanna, Lasse Valdal as Vegard, Evy Kasseth Røsten as Liv, and Jeppe Laursen as Erland, all have experience in less than a dozen movies. Director Tommy Wirkola, can say the same.

No doubt, this movie has some issues, such as images in the trailer are not in the movie, continuity issues, and a few story holes, but don't let that get in the way of this fun movie. While watching "Død Snø" I noticed how tense my body was, knowing that our heroes are going to get it.

You will not learn anything new about zombies, nor will you find any deep meaning to this movie, however, this is a terrific foreign film offering from Norway..

Movie Data

Genre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Year: 2009
Staring: Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Charlotte Frogner
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Producer(s)Tomas Evjen, Terje Stroemstad
Written by: Stig Frode Henriksen, Tommy Wirkola
Rated: Not rated in the USA
Running Time: 91 minutes
Release Date: 1/9/2009

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