One of the more entertaining zombie films to come out in the past few years was the 2009 Norwegian film Dead Snow from director Tommy Wirkola. The film took audiences by storm bringing the ultimate villain to the zombie world, the Nazi and it delivered everything you could want in the genre. There had been talk of a sequel, but not much had been heard until the recent release of the trailer for Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead. Could this highly anticipated sequel live up to the fun of the original or should they have never been raised from the dead?
Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead follows a rotten Führer, sends the zombies from the original film to return to settle old German scores, but the sole survivor of the last battle is out to prove that there’s more in store in Northern Norway than even Nazi zombies would be prepared for. The table is set for a massive revenge epic, where blood, guts, brains and throats are not the only things dredged up from the darkness. This film kicks off with a recap of the ending of the first film and showing where survivor Vegar Hoel ends up. The first film was more than just a zombie horror film, but delivered a touch of dark comedy as well and this film brings that same thing to the table but amped up quite a bit. Here they pull no punches to create the ultimate zombie horror comedy with everything you could ever want in the genre. There is something extra creepy about the zombies as Nazi’s that make them the perfect villain, but this time around they are not just mindless walkers, but instead they are bringing a full on Nazi invasion that is bringing the blood spewing fun. The story is over the top and ridiculous throughout but that’s what makes this film so much fun. The direction they take this film with the lone survivor of the original film is brilliant and adds a whole new element to the story. This steps away from the horror aspect of the genre and instead merges it with somewhat of an action direction along with being a full on war movie that is worth every moment.
Beyond the awesomeness of the Nazi zombies, the first film sports some awesome and creative kills, but were nothing in comparison to some of them here. They took it to the next level and had the blood spewing, flowing and splattering everywhere for most of the film which is surely to please all the gore hounds out there. One of the best sequences involves gassing up a tank that is worth the entire film and that is just one minor moment. If you were a fan of the first and there is no way you couldn’t have been then be sure to be there when the undead Reich returns with Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead on October 10th.