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.