Nazi Zombies on Ice!
by TS Alan
The sight of rotten-faced Nazis always gets me excited, and this Norwegian horror flick delivers on the storm trooper front. The villains in this zombie flick are of the frozen dead type, until roused from their icy slumber by a group of vacationing medical students.
Seven students on an Easter ski vacation arrive at a small cabin near Øksfjord. Shortly after, a mysterious old timer arrives and tells them the history of the local area and of the Nazi SS paramilitary death squad, led by the brutal Standartenführer Herzog (Ørjan Gamst), which occupied the town for three years, brutalizing and torturing its people. Nearing the end of the war, with the looming defeat of the Third Reich, the Schutzstaffel soldiers looted the town of its valuables. Having suffered so much, the town’s people staged an uprising, killed many of the soldiers, and chased the rest into the mountains believing they froze to death, but never locating the treasure.
Though filled with clichés — never mind how the Nazis became zombified in the first place — and never breaking new ground, Dead Snow is still a fun and entertaining gorefest with some excellent effects and genuine scars. Part of the fright factor can be attributed to Norwegian metal vocalist Ørjan ‘Dauing’ Gamst, who plays Nazi commander Oberst Herzog with evil perfection. He also reprises his role in Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead.
Directed by Tommy Wirkola
Screenplay by Tommy Wirkola, Stig Frode Henriksen
Cast: Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Jeppe Beck Laursen, Charlotte Frogner, Jenny Skavlan and Ørjan Gamst
Run Time: 91 minutes
Release Date: Out on Blu-ray and DVD worldwide.