Dead Snow (2009) - Tommy Wirkola


The opening scene of this film sets the feel for the entire movie. You have a girl running through the woods, this girl is being chased by zombies. Sounds pretty standard. Except these zombies are wearing Nazi SS uniforms. Wait, did you say Nazi zombies? Yes. Throw in a really awesome use of the song In the Hall of the Mountain King and you have one kick ass opening sequence.  

The concept for this movie may actually be cooler than the movie itself. Nazi zombies. They just look bad ass. I'm not condoning the actions of the National Socialist Party, but they really knew how to dress. I don't know who their fashion consultant was but he really knew how to design an iconic uniform.

The story is about a group of young adults that are vacationing in a cabin in the snowy mountains of Øksfjord. Everything seems to be going honky-dory until they are attacked by Nazi zombies (that'll ruin anyone's vacation). Isolated twentysomethings + monster is the basic storyline here and its been done to death; the thing that grabs you here is the back story that goes all the way back to the 1940's and World War 2. The acting leaves a lot to be desired and if you don't speak Norwegian you will be reading the movie the entire time. There are countless pop culture references from Indiana Jones and Friday the 13th to The Simpsons and Die Hard. I am starting to see this as a prominent trend in horror films. 

I can safely give this movie a 6 of 10. It has a really cool concept but the execution falls short. Could it have been done any better? Probably not. This is just about as good as you can get with a run of the mill zombie storyline.


  • Originally titled Rød Snø. Red Snow in English

  • In its opening weekend the film played on only 1 screen. It took in $5,363.00

  • The only movie I have seen so far with a sex scene on the toilet