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Dead Snow (Død snø) (2009)

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Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 70
Fresh: 46 | Rotten: 24

Though it doesn't cover new ground, Dead Snow is an entertaining mix of camp, scares, and blood and guts.

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 11

Though it doesn't cover new ground, Dead Snow is an entertaining mix of camp, scares, and blood and guts.

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Eight medical students on a ski trip to Norway discover that Hitler's horrors live on when they come face to face with a battalion of undead Nazi soldiers intent on devouring anyone unfortunate enough to wander into the remote mountains where they were once sent to die. It's Easter vacation, and what better way to spend the break than skiing down the isolated hills just outside of Øksfjord, Norway? After packing their cars with enough beer and ski equipment to ensure that a good time will be had

Feb 23, 2010

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If it sounds silly, it is, but in the best way.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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It's a good season for zombies.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Every new zombie movie, however, has to be a little bit different than the one that came before it. Otherwise, it wouldn't be horrifying or much fun.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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It's almost endearing how little Wirkola disguises his thefts from the gore-fests of Raimi, Peter Jackson and George A. Romero.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Gore hounds will enjoy the comic mayhem and picturesque blood splatter on the virgin snow.

August 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The Norwegian Nazi-zombie movie Dead Snow is quite the jolly mountain holiday, pitting a group of medical students against a battalion of undead, unpleasant and unstoppable German soldiers hellbent on ruining a perfectly good Easter vacation.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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... this is terrific, a dryly hilarious horror comedy with a macabre sense of splatter humor a la Evil Dead 2... but minus the self-conscious wisecracking of the genre.

March 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Seanax.com
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The thread-bare plot mostly serves as a means to get these people in an isolated area so they may be attacked by the undead. While the characters are likable, they are flat--you're given just enough information to care about them.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

You gotta love a movie about Nazi zombies. Well, you don't have to love it, but this one is refreshingly gross. Paul Chambers, CNN.

February 10, 2010 Full Review Source: CNNRadio
CNNRadio

Dead Snow reinvigorates the genre with zombies, gore and humor spilling off the screen in equal measure.

November 12, 2009 Full Review Source: KPBS.org
KPBS.org

The pre-credits opening - a hilariously self-aware, subversive chase scene scored to "In the Hall of the Mountain King" - stands as an easy comedic high point.

October 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

We get so used to foreign filmmakers giving us original twists on genres like horror it's disappointing to be reminded that they can be banal and derivative too.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

There's a smidgen of kicky fun in the thing, but the craft varies wildly between clever and sloppy, the acting is rudimentary, and the Nazi element is truly arbitrary.

September 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

disinter[s] the kind of gleefully big-and-bloody horror comedy showcased by films like The Evil Dead (1981) and Braindead (1992).

September 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

DEAD SNOW does everything a splatter-zombie film is supposed to do.

September 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Quick Stop Entertainment
Quick Stop Entertainment

...gorehounds will undoubtedly be willing to overlook the movie's various flaws once the admittedly stellar third act rolls around.

September 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The sprightliest movie about mowing down revenants with a chainsaw that you are are ever likely to see.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Terrifically fun - gleeful gore.

July 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

Features multiple beheadings and I think at least half the characters actually see their own intestines. It's not for the faint of heart, but it is often very, very clever.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Retriever
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Audience Reviews for Dead Snow (Død snø)

As a concept, "Dead Snow" sounds like a pretty weird B-movie that's cheesy, over-the-top horror. In reality, this Swedish horror film is much more than meets the eye. Besides it being in agreeably good taste, it is also "Cabin Fever" type good. It knows exactly what it is from the very beginning, and revels in its own absurdity, and gory lovability. It takes its influences very seriously, especially paying homage to the best cabin the woods trope, "The Evil Dead." Adding zombie Nazis doesn't take away from the tried and true formula, and enhances it with a plethora of bloodlust, gore, and revulsion from the eight trapped medical students staying in that deathtrap of a cabin. Though the true nature of the Nazis' intent is not clear, they're the singular evil governing body of history, and their inclusion in an otherwise methodical horror film makes it all the better. They have many things going for them as the villains of the story: 1) they're zombies, so there need not be motive for their senseless attacks. 2) They're Nazis, so even if they're questionable monsters, they already are monsters in real life, and 3) the lingering social injustices of the Nazi regime, inflicting itself on Sweden, makes this a taboo subject. It's not altogether more frightening because these big bumbling corpses are Nazis, but it does lend to some very frightening visuals. Their leader is so bloated and his skin so greenish black, that the very image of him alongside a snow dune, with his legions of fighters, is enough to be terrifying all on its own. I think the film tries to make up for its implicit silliness by being over-the-top gory, but at the same time that is part of the charm of a cabin in the woods genre horror film. The characters are pretty bland, and how they're all friends isn't really clear, but their intricate deaths make for a good watch, and the violence starts pretty fast, which is forgiving. Overall, this is a good addition to the zombie genre, even if it is a little too gun ho at times.
December 1, 2013
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The plot of Dead Snow is essentially Nazi zombies rise from the dead and instantly begin painting the blood and guts of college students over the pure white Norwegian snow. This is a horror-comedy that just kept a smile on my face all the way through, additionally made me laugh a small number of times. Some of the film was excellent but sometimes it gets a little bit repetitive, nevertheless it succeeds at being charismatic and likable. The acting for the most part is wooden as the cabin the characters take refuge in but the physical and hefty gore effects made up for the fact it doesn't cover any new ground. It might have been a terrible "Shaun of the Dead" rip off, but I seriously doubt any filmmaker will come close to the genius of Edgar Wright's instant classic any time soon. One can neither take this as a horror nor a comedy, it sort of mixes both but is somewhat great at being neither. The technical brilliance fills this ignorable void until it decides to kick itself back into place again. Although it lacks haunting atmospherics and exceptional camerawork, it has splatter and outrageous killing to fill buckets, and that is what the gorehound audience for this film will expect. I am part of it, and let me tell you from that perspective, I was very satisfied with it. At times weak, but as a whole its camply good grindhouse fun.
March 27, 2013
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My friend was right to talk me out of seeing this in theatres.
April 25, 2012
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