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Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead – Movie Review

You can’t control a good Nazi zombie.

By Nick Venable | Updated

Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead

Tommy Wirkola’s surprisingly entertaining horror comedy from 2009 Dead snow pits a group of snowbound adults against a horde of brutal Nazi zombies led by the impressive Colonel Herzog (Ørjan Gamst). Five years later, Wirkola has released a sequel, Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Deadinto the world, and it is a better film in every way imaginable.

I never thought I would see a scene with viscera that was related to this one role in Robert Rodriguez’ machetebut this scene definitely exists in the 100-minute running time of the film.

After a short montage, the latecomers are introduced to this cartoonishly violent universe. Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead The story picks up exactly where the first film ended: the one-armed survivor Martin (Vegar Hoel) tries to escape and comes face to face with Herzog again.

A fast Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead One scene later, Martin gets into a serious car accident, and Herzog’s right arm is severed in the car. As any good doctor would do, those in charge of nursing Martin back to health surgically sewed the arm they found back onto his body.

This gives him the power of Herzog, but at the cost of giving in to whatever impulsive movements his arm deems necessary. Much of this involves beating up and murdering other people. I told you this movie was brutal, didn’t I?

Martin’s arm is about 33% of the Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead Plot. A third part deals with the motives that lead Herzog and his crew to build a larger zombie army.

The last third Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead In “The Zombie Squad,” Martin is contacted by the Zombie Squad, a trio of bumbling Americans who are convinced that their devotion to all things zombie-related will actually help them survive in a swarm of the undead.

There is the leader type Daniel (Martin Starr) and the unfortunately underdeveloped Monica (Jocelyn DeBoer) and Blake (Ingrid Haas). Monica likes to quote war of stars for some reason, and Blake hates it. It’s by far the most unintentionally embarrassing part of the movie.

So it is good that pretty much everything else in Dead Snow 2 is an embarrassing mix of eviscerated riches. If you consider horror to be a precious genre where “less is more” and subtlety is king, you’ll probably run screaming through ditches to escape this flick.

While some films use intoxicating conversations or thoughtful silence, Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead fills the room with heads literally being stomped into the ground and vehicles driving over the characters’ faces. It’s a glorious exercise in self-indulgence, and several early scenes are mere appetizers for a climax involving a war between Nazis and Russian prisoners of war that constantly fills the frame with astonishingly chaotic stunts.

At this point, some people may start complaining that it is too much, and these people obviously do not understand Wirkola’s escalation-focused mindset.

I was worried that the inclusion of Americans in the Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead The plot would somehow devalue the film, but either way that’s hardly a problem.

I am a big fan of Martin Starr, who is best known for his comedic work in Freaks and Geeks And Celebrateso I couldn’t get enough of him and Martin teaming up to destroy enemies. Haas and DeBoer, both of the CollegeHumor crew, spend much of the film with museum worker Glenn (Stig Frode Henriksen), whose sexuality issues are the second most mishandled aspect of the film.

I know I shouldn’t expect much subtlety from a movie where an exploding baby flies toward the camera, but I was hoping it would be something different.

Wirkola’s work here is much more confident and flamboyant than in the first film, which took more of a slasher film approach. The storytelling, which uses an unconventional sense of humor, is little more than a framework for Dead Snow 2: Red vs. DeadThe special effects are excellent, but keeping that in mind goes a long way in getting you through the moments where it just doesn’t click, knowing that some decapitation or explosion is going to distract you in the next two minutes.

Even the accidentally gross and oddly lovable behavior of sidekick Zombie (Kristoffer Joner) is enough to make up for the less gross flaws.

Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead admittedly, it does have supernatural elements that probably put it entirely outside the sci-fi genre, but it definitely has crossover appeal. And honestly, I would find a way to promote this film even if I worked for a website that focused on romantic comedies.

Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead is a movie you can watch with bloodthirsty friends, and then spend 15 minutes after the credits roll talking about and acting out the many hilarious, gruesome deaths (or re-deaths, I guess) the movie has to offer, and then go to bed and have nightmares about someone waking everyone up in your hometown cemetery. It’s the perfect horror movie, even if it’s not necessarily a perfect movie in general.


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