My take on Dead Snow

My take on Dead Snow

Dead Snow
Type: movie
Written and directed by Tommy Wirkola

Let’s get this out of the way first: Norwegian zombie-Nazi comedy movie.

Now, let’s get into a little more depth.

Picture a Friends crossover into the Evil Dead series.  The characters, a bunch of young medical students going up to a cabin for what appears to be the equivalent of Spring Break, have the sort of young folk snarkiness you might expect from Ross and Rachel (“and the rest”).  At one point, they even play Twister, and we get a scene right out of an early Friends ep.  In what may be a meta-moment, one character even asks why they play the game…um, so you’ll be more like Friends?

The writing is kind of fun, although I was watching it in Norwegian (which I don’t speak) with English subtitles.  One weird thing: fairly often, the characters will say something in English.  Even a whole sentence.  Is that something Norwegian young adults do?  Maybe…it didn’t seem ungenuine, and one presumes that the audience is expected to understand it (although there could have been Norwegian subtitles for that part).

I’m guessing the subtitles were done in England, though, even though they speak English with basically American accents.  Somebody can tell me: do Brits call what Americans call a “snowmobile” a “snow scooter”?  I think that’s a specific brand, but I’m not sure.

So, as you know, I’m careful about spoilers, so I don’t want to say too much about the plot.  The students are staying at a remote cabin, with no cell service.  They comment a lot about pop culture, and they are waiting for one of their group to join them.

Time to jump ahead: they end up fighting zombie Nazis.  This is where it gets gross, but silly at the same time.  It took guts for the moviemakers to get that violent in a comedy movie…no, no, not bravery, literally guts.  Intestines get more screen time than Chekov in a Star Trek movie.  ;) 

However, it all (purposefully) seems unreal…like the Muppets meet Peckinpah.  It reminded me of the Black Knight scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  It’s nowhere near that classic, but simiarly intended to be fun. 

You could certainly have a nice marathon of Dead Snow, Zombieland, and Shaun of the Dead.  Of the three, by the way, I like Shaun the best.  One of the interesting things about that one is you actually cared about the characters…that’s something that Dead Snow doesn’t quite manage.   You could certainly add Evil Dead into your screeners, but I was staying with a fairly recent list. 🙂

Bottom line: gory and silly…if you like both, it’s worth watching, even if it won’t be your favorite movie ever.  I saw it streaming from Netflix (via my Roku box), and that was about the right level of commitment. 🙂

This post originally appeared in The Measured Circle blog.

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