31 Nights of Halloween Horror: Part 11 in a 31 part series. Join me for 31 nights of horror reviews in the month of October. Every night we’ll take a look at a different horror film, some old and some new. Tonight we’re talking about:
Dead Snow 2: Dead vs. Red
Dir. Tommy Wirkola
2014 – Norway/USA
The one thing that has been missing from all the movies we have discussed thus far this month was Nazi zombies. So here you go, Dead Snow 2 should fill our Nazi zombie quota for the month. To contradict everything I said earlier about comedy in horror, a film like Dead Snow comes along. If you haven’t seen the first Dead Snow the premise was quite simple, a group of friends on a ski vacation in Norway discover a box filled with gold that previously belonged to a group of Nazi soldiers buried in the snow on the mountain and they rise from their snowy graves to reclaim their treasure. Dead Snow was an over the top gory fun film that brought back Nazi’s back to the zombie sub-genre they have been missing from for 30 years.
As with all successful films you know the sequel can’t be to far behind and Dead Snow 2 picks up right where Dead Snow ends. Martin, the only surviving character from the first film wakes up in a hospital with the zombie Colonel Herzog’s arm attached to him cause the doctor’s found it in his car and assumed it was his. As with most films that deal with attaching limbs from killers on other people’s body, Martin’s right arm now has super strength and the mind to attack everyone it can. It also gives him the power to resurrect the dead. Meanwhile Colonel Herzog and his Nazi army decide to full fill their original mission from World War II and wipe out a Norwegian town for their anti-Nazi sabotage. Now teamed up with a Zombie fighting Squad from America, Martin and the Zombie squad resurrect a group of Russian POWs that Herzog had originally killed to help them in their mission.
So what can you expect form Dead Snow 2? More gore for one thing. The original was a bloodbath with limbs and guts flying everywhere, and this sequel only ups the ante. Blood splatters, intestines are ripped, limbs go flying, nothing and no one is spared from the carnage. Along with the upped gore the premise of the story also gets expanded and more ridiculous. Where Dead Snow was maybe a comedy more along the lines of Evil Dead 2, Dead Snow 2 follows along side of Peter Jackson’s Brain Dead. Everything is so over the top it is silly. The zombies in Dead Snow are not the kind that we are now used to that rise from their grave with only one intention, to eat flesh to feed their insatiable hunger. No, the zombies in Dead Snow are on a mission and they have no interest in eating you, only in tearing your body apart with their hands to get to what they want. Where a bullet in the head is the only way to kill your more common zombie, Dead Snow’s zombies can be killed by any means necessary, pulling their guts out, smashing their face in or shooting them with a tank.
So yeah I have to admit, while not as good as Dead Snow, Dead Snow 2 is a fun time. It will make you groan in it’s ridiculousness, but it will also make you laugh at times. There is nothing held back in the gore department, but the final battle scene does drag on a bit where you are pretty much just waiting for the inevitable to happen. The introduction of the American Zombie Squad into the equation really upped the lame stupid factor in the film, none of those characters really added much. Want to laugh? Want to be grossed out? Dead Snow 2 will definitely deliver. It never takes itself too seriously and knows exactly what it is. A fun gory time through the lush hills of Norway, though the film was actually filmed in Iceland. The only thing missing from Dead Snow 2, is the actual snow itself. That did not carry over from the original.