...Nazi zombies! (No, we're not talking about Tom Cruise in Valkyrie.) What is it about these two words used in tandem that promises such fun? Their quality of onomatopoeia? Holocaust meets Hellzapoppin'? The possibility of high camp? Or maybe, at last, an admission of how fitting this coupling is -- as the Nazis, early on, gave up their last vestige of humanity. All I've had to do is mention
aloud DEAD SNOW as "that movie about Nazi zombies" to induce ears to prick up and eyes to twinkle. If only the movie itself delivered on the delight of its premise and promise.
It begins well enough: The first credit we see on screen (the names of the film's three production companies) actually drew a laugh at the screening. Then we get a fairly scary, if by-the-numbers, opening scene, and away we go into.... some very tired cliches gussied up with state-of-the-art gore effects. What co-writer (with Stig Frode Henriksen)/director Tommy Wirkola (shown above) has done is cobble together a kind of Friday-the-13th-meets-zombies-in-a-cold-climate. From almost the outset, the movie is self-referential to a fault, with the characters mentioning other similar films (naturally, a movie geek is included among them) and telling us how this group is different. If only. The cast differs from the norm by looking older and fatter than Hollywood would ever dare foist on genre film-goers. Worse, its cute banter quickly begins to bore.
Dead Snow opens theatrically on Friday, June 19, at NYC's Cinema Village (this is a correction from my earlier -- and wrong -- post that had the film playing at the IFC Center), and has already been available for the past week On-Demand via IFC at these venues:
BrightHouse: Movies On Demand - IFC In Theaters
Cablevision: Movies On Demand - IFC In Theaters
Charter: Movies On Demand - Channel 1 - movies - IFC in Theaters
Comcast: Channel 1 - Movies & Events - IFC Festival Direct
Cox: Channel 1 - Movies On Demand - IFC In Theaters
Insight: Channel 1 - Movies On Demand - IFC in Theaters
Time Warner: Movies On Demand - IFC In Theaters