Saturday, May 28, 2011
DOD SNO (DEAD SNOW) (2009)
Directed by Tommy Wirkola
Vegar Hoel - Martin
Stif Frode Henriksen - Roy
Charollete Frogner - Hanna
A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies.
Even though I've had this movie for a while, I never really got a chance to watch it until Friday night with some friends. It was a zombique (watching a zombie movie while eating barbeque). I'm not sure if it was the company while watching it or all the random comments being thrown around that made the night fun, but hopefully everyone will get back together again soon.
This movie is just a rollercoaster ride plain and simple. It's here to entertain and nothing more. Mind you, I don't mind movies like this. In fact, I love movies like this. It's made for horror fans by a horror fan. The plot is threadbare in most parts and inane in others. The film starts out serious enough, yet once the fourth death occurs it goes straight to a love letter to cult favorites such as Evil Dead 2 and Dawn of the Dead. The movie doesn't explain why the Nazi's become zombies or what wakes them at the beginning of the movie except that a battalion of Nazis fled during the last days of WW II pillaging and killing everyone in their way and then they disappear. That's it for the back story of the Nazis. Yep, kinda thread bare considering that these Zombies know how to use instruments, follow orders, and can think and work together, it leaves you thinking what really happened to them throughout the whole run time of the film.
From what I can tell the actors in the movie did a decent job as you can see they're having fun through most of the film. I saw this with subtitles and the actors didn't seem like they were going overboard with anything, well except for the outhouse sex scene, but really though, with younger actors you can only do so much with in scenes like this which would never happen in real life. I mean just think about the infections you can get doing that, that's not to say the smell won't stop you first though! The look of the film is nicely handled as the action never really gets lost and some scenes of just the scenery stick out and are amazing to look at.
The film does feel disjointed in parts as it tries to pay homage in half the movie and the other half is full of the directors own ideas. They are shots of violence that I haven't seen before which helped make this feel like a new director has come out to watch out for. Some scenes include one of the characters waking up to see her intestines being pulled out in first person view and zombie innards being used as a life line. The movie is fun by itself but to really enjoy it find some friends, find the poison of your choice, inbind said poison, and enjoy Dod Sno as the comments fly fast and furious. I'm sure there is a dubbed version of the movie but the subtitled one that I saw did just fine as the captions move at a decent pace and not to fast for those that don't like to read.
Vegard's feeling of being pulled in too many directions at once.
Originally it was going to be called "Rød Snø" (or Red Snow in English), as an homage to the Swedish/Norwegian mini-series with the same name.
The director concluded that the best way to enhance the horror and disgust of standard zombies was to give them the Nazi element; he also used the historical backdrop of the Nazi occupation of Norway in developing the film's plot.
The movie was nominated for four 2009 Scream Awards: Fight-to-the-Death Scene, Most Memorable Mutilation, Best Foreign Movie and Best Horror Movie.
Stif Frode Henriksen who plays Roy co-wrote the script for Dod Sno.