Some time ago (wow, it was in October 2013), I reviewed Dead Snow. I really enjoyed that movie, with it’s over-the-top violence, threatening zombies, and likable characters. I had been curious about the sequel for a long time, and I finally sat down to watch it.
If the worst day of your life consisted of accidentally killing your girlfriend with an axe, chain-sawing your own arm off, and watching in horror as your closest friends were devoured by a zombified Nazi battalion, you’d have to assume that things couldn’t get much worse. In Martin’s case, that was only the beginning.
If you have watched the first movie, you know that the Nazi zombies of the film are killing the young people because they took gold from the Nazi’s loot. This act allowed the dead to rise to reclaim what once was there’s. Returning the gold does not do what the lone survivor believes. The Nazi zombies did not return to their icy cavern of death. They marched upon the living. Being awoken allowed them to remember the last task given them: completing Hitler’s order to wipe out an entire town in retaliation for Norwegian anti-Axis sabotage. The Norwegian’s have one person standing for them: Martin, our lone survivor.
Martin was arrested after being found in his wrecked car. Doctor’s accidentally attached an arm to Martin (in the last movie, Martin cut off his own arm with a chainsaw – full on Evil Dead 2 style). Only it turns out that the arm that is attached to Martin is the arm of Colonel Herzog. This is a zombie smashing, heart tearing, infected arm that helps Martin level the playing field against the Nazi zombies.
This arm is somewhat confused. First, it goes out of its way to kill against Martin’s wishes (including ripping out a kid’s heart after throwing the same kid out of a window). Later on, the arm becomes Martin’s tool against the Nazi zombies. He is able to use it the same way Herzog is able to use his: raising the dead to do their bidding. After a bunch of fun, Martin, a squad of zombie nerds (I’m not casting stones, I’m one too), and an army of Russian zombies led by a bearded zombie (awesome) face off against Herzog and his minions.
This was the perfect sequel in regards to staying with the themes of the first. Insane amounts of gore (zombies being pulled apart, human’s being splattered, etc.), tongue in cheek humor, and let’s not forget, an ever present over-riding apocalyptical/save humanity feel. It’s fun, it’s vicious, and it’s grand. While there may be some parts that don’t exactly mesh (Nazi zombies speaking/gurgling would be one), overall the directors knew exactly what they were doing and made a film that is fun and gross all at once.
Watching the zombie squad try to adapt to their greatest fantasy and watching Martin’s metamorphosis into the guardian of the realm was thrilling and insane all at the same time. The directors knew what they were doing with the characters and created fun, engaging characters. I really had a hard time pulling away from the screen.
I highly recommend this film to the horror aficionado’s out there as well as anyone who enjoys a little horror with their comedy. I think you’ll be happy you did.