Nazis. Zombies. Snow – what more fun could zombie-genre fans want? A sequel showcasing more of the same, obviously.

Violent Nazi zombies emerged from the Scandinavian snow to reclaim a treasure in the first feature, simply titled Dead Snow, and its writer-director, Norwegian Tommy Wirkola, was offered a chance to film his screenplay Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters in Hollywood as a result. Wirkola’s experiences on that project, ensures that part two, though made on a fraction of Hunters‘ budget, feels more slick and has resulted in the film-making rarity that is a sequel being better than the first instalment.

The only survivor of the Nazi zombie attack in part one, Martin (Vegar Hoel), finds himself in trouble again from the moment the first film ended, with unfamiliar viewers quickly brought up to speed through a quick montage of flashbacks. Though he’s only got one arm (the other had been cut off with a chainsaw earlier in fear of zombie infection), Martin tries to get away in a car, with a horde of Nazi zombies chasing him to retrieve one measly coin.

An oncoming truck on a very narrow road efficiently resolves that problem, though, in a neat twist that suggests Wirkola and his co-writers thought about the script rather than just focusing on the gut pulling carnage. That zombie’s arm is found in Martin’s car, which subsequently crashes, and when he wakes up in the hospital, the doctors have sewn the Nazi zombie limb to his own stump, resulting in zombie superpower-strength and the power to create zombies. And where’s Martin’s original arm? Added to evil Nazi Herzog of course.

The film’s main premise involves Martin fighting the second wave of Nazi zombies, who are still led by the indestructible Herzog (Orjan Gamst) and who have now set their sights on a town where several thousand live. In order to avoid turning its inhabitants into new zombie recruits, Martin teams up with an cartoony-camp war museum worker, Glenn Kenneth (Stig Frode Henriksen, who co-wrote both films and starred in the first as a different character), and all three members of the U.S. Zombie Squad: Daniel (Martin Starr, from the Veronica Mars film), Blake and Monica (Ingrid Haas and Jocelyn DeBoer).

The zombie squad and Martin come up with a suitable plan to give old Herzog a taste of his own medicine. They recruit their own zombie army after doing some quick yet effective research about Herzog’s past in the War museum.

The introduction of English speaking characters will no doubt capture international audiences and those with an aversion to subtitles.

It is perfectly funny, silly and gory. Blood spattered madness and new fantastical ways to combat zombies with garden tools make for gruesome yet hilarious viewing. There’s even a bit of zom-rom to boot.

Zombie fan-boys and girls will not be disappointed. The only criticism would be the ditsy female characters and the is-he isn’t-he gay character feels a little bit old fashioned.

Even so, Dead Snow 2 knows what its audience wants and delivers with perfect prowess.

 

DVD Review: Dead Snow 2
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Emily Stockham

Emily is from South London and has a degree in English Literature. Emily is a marketing assistant who writes about films and music in her spare time. Horror and grindhouse are her thing - although she will happily watch anything if it means a trip to the cinema.