Dead Snow

Release Date: June 19th 2009

Plot Outline: A group of friends go on a ski vacation only to be attacked by Nazi Zombies before their fun even begins.

In the past few years horror movies have become less than creepy. Some people even consider them to be comedies now. The thing about horror movies is that we know what to expect. We have learned the music cues, the fake outs, and the tones of voice, we even know what to expect with particular camera angles. We usually know what is coming and when it is coming.  Movies such as Scary Movie, Scary Movie 2, 3, and 4 were popular comical spoofs of the ever-predicable horror film.

The element of surprise and the unknown is what scares the audience. Not knowing what to expect is a key element in horror. Dead Snow was a successful zombie film for the most part because it was foreign.
The music, actors, and film making cues are different in Norway than they are here. The audience is not accustomed to their way of film making. Because of this Dead Snow had a few elements we were unfamiliar with here in the U.S.
The zombies in Dead Snow were former Nazis. They weren’t like the usual zombies we are accustomed to. They reminded me of the zombies from 28 weeks later, aside from the Nazi part. As zombies they were fast, more human like, and murderous…I suppose as Nazis were?

The film was pretty slow and uneventful for a zombie movie but it has a creepy feel.  Nothing really occurred until more than half way through the film. There was too much building. It was actually good until the zombies appeared. Once they did the movie got a little ridiculous. The blood and gore was not convincing at all. The characters weren’t likable so I didn’t really care if they died.

There was somewhat of a plot hole that I noticed but I can’t state it because it might give something away.

Email me at if you have seen the movie and want to talk about it.

Overall it was a good movie but not that great of a zombie film. I was disappointed by the second half.


3 Responses to “Dead Snow”

  1. That’s Great. Nice Post…

  2. I personally didn’t take this one too seriously from the get go because of what I heard about it prior. So I actually enjoyed the silliness of it in the second half.
    Have you seen ‘Let Sleeping Corpses Lie’? If not, I highly recommend that if you’re looking for a good serious zombie movie. It’s one of the best of all time if you ask me.
    Awesome review once again!

  3. Oh no, I haven’t.
    I’ll look into it. I am always looking for awesome zombie movies.
    Thanks for the recommendation! 🙂

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