Dead Snow: Red vs Dead

Dead Snow: Red vs Dead

Tommy Wirkola (2014)

96min
18 Certificate
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Review

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"I've seen a thousand zombie movies and this is not in any of them", says a character in Tommy Wirkola's splatstick follow-up to 2009's Dead Snow, and to an extent he's not wrong. Starting at the end of that cult cabin-under-siege horror, the film sees lone survivor Martin (Vegar Hoel) - minus a sawn-off infected arm - fleeing the undead Nazis who slaughtered his friends. Ending up in hospital (but with an unwanted appendage with a mind of its own), Martin is soon on the run but determined to stop the horrible horde's cross-country trail of destruction, aided by the Zombie Squad (actually three American geeks looking for thrills) and a platoon of equally undead Russian soldiers with their own axe to bury. It's rich with pitch-black humour, visual gags (so that's how zombies siphon petrol) and gruesome deaths. It also owes much to the irreverent tongue-in-cheekiness of Evil Dead 2 and Peter Jackson's Braindead, though the climactic daytime face-off in an idyllic-looking Norwegian town is pure Lord of the Rings. It isn't subtle or chilling, but fans of splattery nonsense will surely find much to appreciate.

Summary

The lone survivor of a battle with Nazi zombies wakes up in a hospital to find his severed arm has been replaced with a new one that has a mind of its own. Furious at his fate, he rallies a band of monster slayers and plots to raise an undead army of his own to wipe out the Nazis once and for all. Horror sequel, starring Vegar Hoel and Orjan Gamst. In Norwegian, English and German.

Cast & Crew

Martin Vegar Hoel
Herzog Orjen Gamst
Daniel Martin Starr
Monica Jocelyn DeBoer
Blake Ingrid Haas
Glenn Stig Frode Henriksen
Stavarin Derek Mears
Hanna Charlotte Frogner
Director Tommy Wirkola
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Other Information

Language: Norwegian, English +subtitlesColourGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-ray
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