Dead Snow (image 1)

Fun, funny and unabashedly bloody... with a sly sense of humour and a seemingly endless supply of fake blood and guts.

Tim Grierson, Screendaily

Screened as part of NZIFF 2009

Dead Snow 2008

Død snø

Directed by Tommy Wirkola

Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola revives an obscure zombie movie footnote – Nazi Zombies – and lets them loose on a band of horny chicks and movie nerds trapped in the Arctic wilderness.

Norway In Norwegian with English subtitles
91 minutes 35mm

Director

Producer

Terje Strømstad
,
Tomas Evjen

Screenplay

Stig Frode Henriksen
,
Tommy Wirkola

Photography

Matthew Weston

Editor

Martin Stoltz

Music

Christian Wibe

With

Vegard Hoel (Martin)
,
Stig Frode Henriksen (Roy)
,
Charlotte Frogner (Hanna)
,
Jenny Skavlan (Chris)
,
Jeppe Beck Laursen (Erlend)
,
Lasse Valdal (Vegard)
,
Evy Kasseth Røsten (Liv)
,
Ørjan Gamst (Herzog)
,
Bjørn Sundquist (the wanderer)
,
Ane Dahl Torp (Sara)

Festivals

Sundance 2009

Elsewhere

Horror fans may be feeling a little satiated with the recent glut of zombie pics. I mean, how many ways can you skin a cat (and eat it)? Two words: Nazi Zombies. This giddy Norwegian splatterfest was the midnight romp at Sundance, an utterly unapologetic throwback to the gory days of 80s zombie flicks. Director Tommy Wirkola previously made a homage to Kill Bill, so you know he wears his influences on his bloody sleeve. In Dead Snow a bunch of horny chicks and horror movie nerds end up in a remote cabin in the snowy wilderness and then... well, you know. The film prides itself on ticking every 80s cliché, from the pop culture riffs to the crazy dude who talks about impending doom, to the idiotic characters having inappropriate sex, to, most important of all, the wildly inventive and disgusting gore Fx. Yippee! Its commitment to being dumb bloody fun makes it one intoxicating and funny euro-grue brew. — AT