DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS DEAD (aka Død Snø 2) | MOVIE REVIEW

DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS DEAD is the comedic gorefest horror action Nazi Zombie film follow up to the first film………can you guess the title? Yes, DEAD SNOW. The first one has become a cult film already and both of the Kernels that viewed this one at the SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL just loved it. I cannot find a release date as yet but have written to MADMAN FILMS and will update the article if they are forthcoming, but regardless, if not cinema we will get a Blu Ray DVD release in the near future. It runs for 105 mins and is in English and Norwegian and while it got a 18+ rating for festival screenings I would say it will end up with an R18+ for cinematic or DVD release. Enjoy Kernel Adam’s review below…………….all the best……………..JK.

 

JUST GOT AN UPDATE – THIS WILL DEFINITELY BE RELEASING ON DVD AND BLU RAY IN DECEMBER!! A CINEMA RELEASE PRIOR TO THIS IS CURRENTLY NOT CONFIRMED – SORRY PEEPS.

 

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REVIEW BY ADAM SHEARSBY

Tommy Wirkolas’ Dead Snow (Død Snø 2) revolved around a group of medical students that head up into the mountains for a holiday. This turns sour however, when they stumble upon a stash of ancient gold which reawakens its murderous Nazi zombie owners. Dead Snow was a slow burn horror that gradually moved into the absurd and outlandish, turning into more of a horror with moments of dark humor.

Heading into Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead, I was expecting more of the same. I was expecting it to assume the same prior format of horror with comedy. Fortunately, I was completely wrong. Dead Snow 2 was absolutely hilarious. While it does pick up where the last one left off, which includes a brief but very useful recap of the prequel, it’s totally different. It’s still about the main character from Dead Snow, Martin, fighting off an undead army of Nazi SS soldiers, but this time everything has been taken to the extreme.

 

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It’s unapologetically gory, outrageously entertaining and stupidly funny. The amount of times I would laugh at something and then feel a little bit guilty was off the scale. It manages to stay fresh by using an effective mixture of dark, dry and intelligent humour; with a smattering of slapstick. A few scenes in particular stand out, such as a certain curb stomp and an attempt at CPR. I won’t say any more.

There are also some great moments of self-aware and self-depreciating humour too. This adds to the fact that the Wirkola knows zombie films are overdone, that the film knows what it is and it doesn’t take itself seriously at all. Essentially, all Wirkola wants you to do is have a great time, and he succeeds.

 

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The addition of the American “Zombie Squad”, a rag tag group of zombie hunter and film enthusiasts who have never encountered zombies, was initially a welcome change. They do offer a few laughs, but it does eventually come off as a bit contrived and abrasive. The same can be said for the bumbling local police, who have their odd funny moment but ultimately end up being too cliche. However, they do add a bit of diversity and help to illustrate different sides of the same story.

Dead Snow 2 was filmed and edited much more smoothly than its predecessor, and it offers some beautifully crafted shots of zombie mayhem. Having come off the back of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, you can tell that Wirkola has definitely worked on his polish. The costumes, makeup and special effects were fantastic; and given the amount of spectacular gore it would have been no easy task. It also has some perfectly utilised music, which are often used as gags or to set one up. Let’s just say, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” will never be the same.

 

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DEAD SNOW 2: DEAD VS RED | SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | DANIEL (MARTIN STARR)

 

This film definitely isn’t for everyone. The humour can be pitch black and morbid, but hey, it’s a film about undead Nazi soldiers trying to murder everyone. Dead Snow 2 is predominately a Norwegian spoken film, with English subtitles. So if you can’t do subtitles, well, you’re missing out big time.

In Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead, there are no underlying social commentaries or philosophical musings on the meaning of life. What there is though, is gleefully gratuitous violence and gore, with non-stop laughs and the occasional moment of horror. Rightfully, Dead Snow 2 has earned its place among my favourite zombie movies of all time. So if you’re into zombies, laugh a minute comedy, relentless action, Nazi zombies fighting Soviet zombies, over the top gore, having a great time, any or all of the above: go see Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead.

 

KERNEL ADAM’S POP SCORE:

4 Pops

KERNEL ANDREW’S POP SCORE:

4 Pops

 

 

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