Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (2014)

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Can we all take a second to appreciate that tagline? “The sequel you did Nazi coming.” Come on! Awesome.

 

Director: Tommy Wirkola
Writers: Stig Frode Henriksen, Vegar Hoel, Tommy Wirkola
Production Companies: Tappeluft Pictures, Saga Film, XYZ Films
Stars: Vegar Hoel, Ørjan Gamst, Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer, Ingrid Haas, Stig Frode Henriksen, Hallvard Holmen
Genre: Horror / Comedy

What It’s About: We pick up right after Dead Snow. Martin escapes the mountain only to be under persecution for his friends’ deaths. The battle isn’t over yet, however. The Nazi zombie army isn’t done yet…but neither is Martin.

How I Watched It: Alone in my apartment. Evening.

Thoughts: Well, if you haven’t seen Dead Snow, you’ll probably be alright watching this. To catch you up, here’s a non-spoiler plot summary. If you want a more detailed run-through, here’s the full plot synopsis with all spoilers included.

In order to review this movie, I’m gonna have to SPOIL the fact that Martin (Hoel) is the only survivor from the first film. Sorry, dudes. Had to be done.

I’ll only spoil details for the general setup of the story. **SPOILER ALERT**
We come back in the story with the Nazi zombies going after Martin. A high-speed zombie/car chase happens. The Nazi leader, Herzog (Gamst) loses his arm in said chase. If you remember, in the first film, Martin loses his arm. Well…Martin wrecks his car and ends up in the hospital…armless….with the severed arm of the Nazi general in his car. So…the doctors just assumed that the arm belonged to him…and decided to re-attach it.  With Herzog’s arm, Martin also gains all of his zombie abilities–super strength, zombie-raising powers, and super jerk….ummm…..no I won’t go there. Hahaaaa.

Police thing that Martin is to blame for his friends’ deaths in the mountains, and they don’t believe his whole “army of Nazi zombies” story for one second. So, with the help of a new acquaintance, Martin finds out about the Zombie Squad and calls for their assistance. Martin sets out against Herzog and his rotting army with vengeance as his only goal.

It had been a while since I’d seen the first Dead Snow movie, but from what I remember, this sequel is soooo much funnier than the first one…and I liked the first one. This is just a fun ride from beginning to end. The first film was more of a “cabin in the woods” sort of movie, whereas this one is all over the map.

All of the lead actors are great, but my favorite addition to the cast would have to be Martin Starr and his zombie squad. Martin Starr has always been a favorite, and it’s exciting to get to see him in more of a leading role capacity.

This movie just takes it to the next level on both comedy and on gore. Man…the effects in this movie are AWESOME. Really well done on all accounts. The Nazi zombies are always a favorite, but we get a look at some different variations in this film, and they’re a lot of fun. There’s one zombie in particular who becomes a bit of a “pet” in the movie–this poor guy gets taken down over and over again. It’s great, because not only is it hilarious that he keeps coming back, but he keeps coming back looking worse every time. They do a really great job of showing what this poor fella has been through.

My Rating: Huzzah!!

This one’s a fun ride from beginning to end. One of my favorite horror films of the year. Enough said.

Where Can I Watch It?: Available on Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and also available for rent on Youtube.

 

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Stitches (2012)

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Director: Conor McMahon
Writers: Conor McMahon, David O’Brien
Production Companies: MPI Media Group, Tailored Films, Fantastic Films, Solid EntertainmentBórd Scannán na hÉireann
Stars: Ross Noble, Tommy Knight, Shane Murray-Corcoran, Gemma-Leah Deveraux
Genre: Horror/ Comedy

What It’s About: A clown comes back from the grave to seek revenge on the children who killed him during a party accident several years before.

How I Watched It: Alone in my apartment. Evening.

Thoughts: Well, we start the movie with some lovely clown-on-girl action.  What a way to kick it off.  We learn very quickly that Stitches (Noble) is not the classiest of clowns out there.  He realizes that he’s late to a birthday party gig, so he heads off down the road in his crappy little car with the driver’s side headlight busted out and tape across it in an “X”.  I may be over-thinking it, but that seems like some foreshadowing.

He pulls up to the house, and this group of little asshole children congregate for his show. He “dazzles” them with his sub-par tricks, as they antagonize him the entire time he’s performing. A kid ties his shoestrings together…then one thing leads to another, and he trips over his own feet and stumbles and falls…..right on to a huge kitchen knife that just so happened to be pointing straight up in the dishwasher.  Right in the eye.  Gross.  Eye injuries are gross.  BUT WAIT!  He arises!  Annnnnnd ends up with the knife right back in the eye.  Leaving him with an “X” mark cut on his left eye (JUST LIKE THE CAR!  See!? It makes sense).

Stitches gets buried, and the birthday boy–Tom (Knight)–feels bad, so he creeps on the funeral with his tree-house telescope.  He goes to the cemetery to visit, and notices some strange things afoot.  Clowns of all shapes and sizes congregating doing some weird ritual with some weird egg-canister things.  It’s creepy and hilarious–fantastic.  They catch him and scare him and blah blah blah.

Then we see the same kids 6 years later.  Tom is screwed up in the head, as is evident when he starts popping pills.  I noticed that the bottle says Hypnocil is his prescription. If you don’t know, that’s tooooootally a reference to A Nightmare on Elm Street 3. I got all giddy when I noticed.  :3

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But somewhere along the line he ends up throwing another party and Stitches comes back from the dead to seek revenge on all of the little brats who made him meet his demise years before.

Ross Noble is fantastic as Stitches.  He’s just the sleeziest of sleezy, and he plays killer clown so well–creepy…but with a smile on his face.  Just hilarious.

The kills in this movie are just perfect.  Ironic and creative, and just a lot of fun to watch. Don’t get me wrong, there are some really brutal scenes in this movie, but they play the comedy so well, that I think even the wooziest of people could tolerate watching them.

Great young cast as well.  Both the young birthday party group, and the older high school group were awesome.  No weak links among the lot of them, in my opinion.  The casting done between the two groups worked really well–the older versions actually seemed like older versions of the little brats.

My Rating: Huzzah!

This flick was a lot of fun. The humor is incredibly dry, so be warned if that’s not your cup of tea.  Also, might wanna avoid it if you don’t like lots of awesome blood and guts.