Thursday, January 23, 2014

Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (2014)

Original title: Dod Sno 2

Director: Tommy Wirkola

Writers: Vegar Hoel, Tommy Wirkola, Stig Frode Henriksen

Composer: Christian Wibe

Starring: Amrita Acharia, Carl-Magnus Adner, Jocelyn DeBoer, Laufrey Eliasdottir, Kristian Figenschow, Charlotte Frogner, Orjan Gamst, Ingar Helge Gimle, Tage Guddingsmo, Tomas Porhallur Guomudsson, Ingrid Haas, Daniel Berge Halvorsen, Stig Frode Henriksen, Vegar Hoel, Hallvard Holmen, Kristoffer Joner, Derek Mears, Christian Rubeck, David Skafjord, Martin Starr, Jesper Sundnes, Bjarte Tjostheim

More info: IMDb

Tagine: If the worst day of your life consisted of accidentally killing your girlfriend with an axe, chain-sawing your own arm off, and watching in horror as your closest friends were devoured by a zombified Nazi battalion, you'd have to assume that things couldn't get much worse. In Martin's case, that was only the beginning.

Plot:  The Nazis are back and their out to settle a 70 year old score to kill everyone living in a small Norwegian town and there's only a small band of folks that can stop them...with the help of 50 dead Soviet WWII soldiers brought back to life for the cause.

My rating: 8.5/10

Will I watch it again? JA!!!

Sundance Film Festival 2014


I caught the last showing of this at the Sundance Film Festival last night at midnight.  I was tired for sure but there was no way I came all this way not to see this, my most anticipated film at the festival.  I LOVED the first film, DEAD SNOW (2009).  It didn't do anything new but it was incredibly entertaining. What writer/director Wirkola did do with this sequel is create something cool and unusual, something you haven't seen before.  The first film was funny, very gory and had some great kills.  This time, though, everything had been amped up to 11.  It's hilarious from start to finish, gory as fuck all and it's got dozens upon dozens of fantastic kills.

Picking up where we left off at the end of the first picture with Martin, in a car trying to get away, with Nazi zombies surrounding him.  Well, he gets away but rips off Herzog's (Gamst), the Nazi zombie leader, arm off.  He narrowly escapes only to crash miles down the road.  He wakes up in a hospital room handcuffed to the bed.  Long story short, the coppers peg him as the murderer of all his friends and he's going to jail...oh, and while he was out the doctors attached his arm (you might remember his arm was bitten in the first film and he cut it off with a chainsaw) but it's the arm of Herzog.  This gives him super strength in that arm and special powers that enable him to bring the dead back to life as zombies.  That's just the first fifteen minutes and it's bugnuts fun.  I'll cut to the chase...he makes his way to a WWII museum where he finds out about Herzog's final task before his troops were killed was to kill everyone in this village as revenge for the recent sabotage of a German ship.  Now he's got to stop them...but how?  It also turns out that Herzog's men killed 50 Russian POW soldiers so now Martin must find the burial ground and bring them back to life to face off Herzog and his men who now have a tank and a growing army.

Did you get all of that?  This thing is epic.  Kids are killed (YES!!!), women, the handicapped, TONS of people die.  What a body count!!!  One of the most enjoyable parts of the picture was the large display of people snuffing it.  And the humor doesn't let up.  The jokes and gags flow like the Mississippi river.  If you haven't seen the first film, you owe it to yourself to check it out.  That and this sequel are fantastic movies to watch with a group of friends.  Oh, and one more thing, the film ends with probably the best use of Bonnie Tyler's song, Total Eclipse of the Heart.  The scene builds and builds to a laughter roaring climax.  I cannot wait to own this and show it to everyone I know...just like I did with DEAD SNOW four years ago.

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