Film Preview: Dead Snow

Posted in Film, Previews
By Sam Bathe on 17 May 2009

One thing Norway has never been particularly famous for is its films but festival success Dead Snow hopes to change all that.

Entitled Død Snø in its native tongue, Dead Snow was bought soon after premiering for US eyes at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Distribution rights were soon bought by IFC Films which will see arguably the widest American release of any Norweigan film to date.

In a similar zom-com vein to Shaun Of The Dead, Dead Snow is about a bunch of medical students who go away rom a holiday in a remote snowy mountainside cabin. As you might expect, things take a turn for the worse, only this time, after stumbling upon a hidden stash of gold, the owners’ undead bodies chase them down to reclaim it. Same old, same old up to now, perhaps, but this time around, the zombies have an extra devilish twist, they’re Nazis.

Sundance reports swayed both ways on Dead Snow, and you can expect it to be packed with the expected horror clichés, but the Norweigan film still though has the chance to shock and thrill a fair few, looking on first inspection to be in a similar vein to Sam Raimi’s early films, which is nothing to be ashamed of.

And if nothing else, the zombies look fantastic.

Dead Snow is out in America on June 23rd.

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