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Dead Snow (Steelbook) / Neige Mortelle (Bilingual)
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Let us begin with two words: "Nazi zombies." Let us add two more: "Hitler's gold." Yes, it's true. These are the elements of Dead Snow, a Norwegian horror picture that unleashes an undead blitzkrieg across an otherwise inviting winter landscape. The five vacationing med students who have blundered into this backcountry in search of fun have no idea that their actions will draw the attention of the aforesaid zombies of the Third Reich (what these reanimated corpses are doing in the mountains of Norway will be explained in good time). It would be nice to report that Dead Snow lives up to the outrageousness of its concept, but far too much of this thing is taken up with standard-issue slasher tropes: self-conscious dialogue about the plot's resemblance to an Evil Dead scenario, gross-out moments for their own sake (a sequence in an outhouse is especially regrettable), and decidedly uneven acting. The movie earns a few points for a grabby nighttime opening sequence and its unhealthy devotion to the art of entrails stretching (which, when it comes to people hanging off snowy cliffs, can have practical applications you probably never even thought about). The enthusiastic mayhem can't be denied, so if a sheer body count is your yardstick, Dead Snow comes across. But given the proximity of Nazi gold and the possibilities suggested by Hitler's minions returning from their snowy graves, this movie disappoints. --Robert Horton
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C'est frais (normal me diriez vous ça se passe dans la neige ^^), y'a de l'humour et même quelques clins d'oeil aux films des années 80.
Pour les résidents français :
VF inclus (pas de STF)
According a local, who drops in to insult their coffee and tell a story, a group of 300 vicious Nazis were stationed at a nearby village. When the war was lost, the Nazis stole all the inhabitants' valuables. The villagers, in turn, chased them into the mountains and it was assumed that the 300 died from exposure.
This film is gross, I won't lie. Actually, some of the gag-inducing behaviour comes from the students, rather than the monsters. There's a scene in an outhouse that made everyone in the theatre scream, "Eeeeew!" simultaneously.
I was really surprised that a Norwegian film company would make an American style campy horror picture, but there you go. I was equally surprised to receive this film as an early Christmas present. :-)
I think we know where this is headed, unless you got a DVD without any cover art. The dialouge was pretty good, with some humor and dark humor. The zombies were not the foot dragging variety, but moved rather quickly and with some forethought. The soundtrack was excellent ranging from classical to European industrial. The cabin aspect brought back memory flashes from "The Evil Dead" plus the fact they mentioned it in the film. The blood and guts effects bordered on Troma style. It was comical to watch a brain fall out of a victims head...sorry I laughed.
I bought the 2-disc version at my local Walmart for $9.96. It defaults to Norwegian language and English subtitles. I watched it in English with English subtitles. The spoken English was a bit hipper than the written subtitles which appeared to be more of a word for word translation without bothering to create a loose feel. Great entertainment. I wished they had reused the classical music somewhere in the final scenes, which they had opened the film with, bringing us full circle. I don't know if I would place this in the top 25 zombie films as the cover claims. It it did make that list, it would be nearer to 25 than to number 1. But then again, I watch a lot of zombie films.
Parental Guide: F-bomb, sex, no nudity.
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The best thing about this movie were a couple of actresses, who were good looking. Unfortunately the best looker gets it first. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2011 by Robert A. Post
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