Tall, Dark, and Dead – 33 – Dead Snow / Død snø
Title: Dead Snow / Død snø
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Leads: Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen
Favorite quote: “You’re half Jewish. I don’t think they want you on their team.”
Thoughts: Norwegian nerds are the best. They have the references down pat. Dead Alive t-shirts and Indiana Jones quotes? We are on the same team, my friends. Let us party.
Dead Snow could have easily been titled Pirates of the Caribbean on Hoth. Same set-up, really. Some poor suckers find a collection of Nazi gold (never open the old box, people!) and undead Nazis come back to claim it. And although the reanimated Nazis are completely unsympathetic as characters, for the record? They have some of the sexiest zombie voices I’ve ever heard. Awesome growly-chuffing sounds (comparable to, say, Barry White as a Yautja).
I’m messed up. I admit this.
The movie actually handles the whole Nazi thing quite well, honestly. The creators could have run wild with tasteless jokes and made the movie even more offensive (let’s face it, the idea of Nazi zombies is pretty offensive on its own – and yet, surprisingly common within zombiedom). Instead, the film focuses on different fonts of comedy – specifically the reactions of the living victims and the tongue-in-ridiculous-cheek plot elements (are snow mobile-mounted machine guns common in Norway? If so, I am so moving) – and it works.
The zombies themselves are highly communicative and cooperative, which I enjoyed. They also make use of tools, such as…binoculars. And I have to tell you, a Nazi zombie with binoculars might be the cutest thing ever. Or it would be, if it weren’t so horribly, horribly wrong.