1. Død Snø (Dead Snow), 2009
2. Written by: Stig Frode Henriksen and Tommy Wirkola – Directed by: Tommy Wirkola – Produced by: Herald Zwart – Distributed by: IFC Films
3. I saw the film, twice, in July of 2009 at the Music Box Theatre.
4. Target Audience: While the film is definitely a horror movie, focusing on zombies, and therefore rather gory, it’s also extremely comical. The film will appeal to teenagers and adults who appreciate American horror films (it references them frequently). It should be noted that this is a Norwegian film and thus involves subtitles.
5. Dead Snow is a Norwegian horror film that had its U.S. premier at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. After which, its U.S. distribution rights were bought by IFC Films, an American film distribution owned by Rainbow Media, specializing in independent films and documentaries. The film saw a limited release in the U.S. over the summer of 2009.
6. Film Description: It’s Easter vacation, and what better way to spend the break than skiing down the isolated hills just outside of Øksfjord, Norway, no? In Dead Snow, eight medical students embark on, what they believe will be, just another ski trip. However, soon after arriving, the group receives a visit from a questionable hiker who informs the group of how the Nazis occupied this territory during World War II, brutally raping and pillaging the locals until the locals revolted, driving the surviving Nazi soldiers deep into the hills. It was assumed that the soldiers merely froze to death, but the group quickly discovers the fallacy in this belief as they learn, first hand, that the horrors of Hitler live on, when they come face to face with a battalion of undead Nazi soldiers intent on devouring anyone unfortunate enough to wander into the remote mountains where they were once sent to die.
7.Technical Considerations: Technically, this movie was a masterpiece. From the soundtrack, which fits the film beautifully, enhancing the drama that’s unfolding in front of the viewer, to the costuming (you should see the Nazi zombies – The makeup! The uniforms!), to the various shot sequences used throughout the film (there are a lot of establishing shots used to place the audience into the snowy abyss right along side of the group. Additionally, when the action happens, the director makes sure that the shot is tight enough to give you the anticipation and anxiety that the character onscreen in experiencing)… it’s truly a beautifully crafted film.