Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Dead Snow - dvd review

I didn't expect much from this Norwegian horror and that's pretty much what I got. Despite positive reviews, I figured it would be an hour and a half of fairly mindless entertainment with some laughs. Mindless is close to the resulting film in that it has almost no original moments and very few laughs.

The plot is one we've seen many times before. Instead of the kids off to a cabin in the woods of Evil Dead, we have teens off to a cabin in the mountains. And snow. Lots of snow. It all looks extremely scenic and more than once, I found myself more interested in the background than the film itself. As for the rest of the plot, again we've seen it before. Turn the deadites from Evil Dead into Nazi zombies and you're there. Saying that, such a derivative idea didn't have to be so weak. Pile on the laughs in the black comedy way of The Cottage or Dog Soldiers, for example, and Dead Snow could have been a success. As it is, the laughs are weak and sporadic. The Molotov cocktail moment and the subsequent phone call were worthy of a giggle but not much else was.

So, the gore. There's a lot of it and those looking for OTT violence will be happy. Sadly, it fills in the moments between plot holes and repetitive attacks from dead Nazis. If you are looking for zombie violence, then you've come to the right place. If, on the other hand, you're after more than average entertainment, look elsewhere.

Dead Snow has a lot of gore but sadly doesn't have an original idea to offer the zombie genre.


  1. I saw the movie PRIEST the other night which was supposed to a "fresh, engaging take on the vampire genre" and it was not. I kinda hated it, actually.

    But now I'm wondering if I'm just getting cynical. Are my expectations for these types of movies too high?

  2. I know you shouldn't judge a film without having seen it, but I have to admit I did that when I saw the cover of Priest. It looked pretty poor. I don't mind crappy films if they're Maximum Overdrive sort of crappy. It's when they start to take themselves seriously that I lose interest.

    Now if you'll excuse me, I have to watch Commando.