Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (Død snø 2) (2014)
Critic Consensus: Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead expands the original's canvas without sacrificing any of its bloody fun, adding up to a sequel that fans of the first are bound to enjoy.
|Rating:||R (for strong bloody horror violence and gore throughout, and language including some sexual references)|
|Genre:||Action & Adventure, Horror, Art House & International, Comedy|
|Directed By:||Tommy Wirkola|
|Written By:||Stig Frode Henriksen, Vegar Hoel, Tommy Wirkola|
|In Theaters:||Oct 10, 2014 Limited|
|On DVD:||Dec 9, 2014|
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Critic Reviews for Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (Død snø 2)
As bad-taste splatter comedies go, "Dead Snow 2" is one of the more charitably nutty ones, less about gorging on gore than reveling in how silly the whole genre can be.
If the movie's hilariously cruel treatment of the halt and the lame upsets you, you can enjoy the crisp cinematography, operatically repulsive effects and frequently witty dialogue.
Dead Snow 2 has its share of fun, goofy, gory moments...Half the budget must have gone for fake intestines.
This grudge match plays like a generic zombie free-for-all, though Wirkola now has the money to shift from a chintzy Evil Dead homage to an elaborate Dead Alive homage.
Audience Reviews for Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (Død snø 2)
I can't claim to have seen the 2009 original splatter flick but this continuation is effervescently gory and wiseacre in the best possible way. While the predecessor was stymied by a measly one-joke premise and a recycling of the cabin-in-the-woods formula, 'Dead Snow 2' bounds headlong into unchartered territory. Wirkola adopts a kitchen-sink approach where no intestinal gag is left unturned (from a picket-fence impalement to a powerline entrails electrocution). After a homage to 'Evil Dead 2's possessed arm, the film branches off into inspired lunacy. The scene-stealer with crossover appeal is the horn-rimmed Martin Starr as the agog leader of the Zombie Squad. The punchline of the conventional weapon-gathering-in-a-hardware-store sequence is priceless. Wirkola isn't qualmish about shruggingly killing off a nuisance preteen by violently tossing him out of an infirmary window and this merely accentuates his gallows humor fearlessness. Typically horror fans derive most of their gratification with the ratio of newfangled deaths and there is not shortage in 'Dead Snow 2's dementedly funny arsenal (ex. A Mercedes emblem is embedded in a skull, a mortar decapitation, etc.). The climactic showdown on a soccer field between the undead Germans and Russians is a tour-de-force of World War III pandemonium with a tank running amok over the recruited soldiers. Peter Jackson would blush at the sheer volume of corn syrup on display in 'Dead Snow 2', a rollicking sequel that will be an acquired taste to most squares in attendance.
Not as 'good' as the first film, this sequel significantly ups the gore quotient and injects a whole lot more juvenile humour.
Beyond expectation. I can see a franchise coming along. The sequel picks up from where the first film left, Martin now became accused of the murder of his friends, no one would believe his Nazi Zombie story, even worse, he now has a zombie arm attached to him. Desperate, he enlisted the help of a group of American nerds and stumbled upon a gay museum receptionist, together they must wake up the Communist Zombies who died in a near by town to start a Zombie WWII.
The sequel is a much needed improvement to the first film, lots more gore, Troma styled humour and tongue in cheeck hilarity. It's everything a zombie fan can dream of. I cracked up so much, I love the writers. The acting was pretty average but the gore and witty humour made up for it. I have even more respect for Norwegian horror films, please keep them coming. A must see.
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