For some reason Nazi Zombies seem to be all the rage these days. Whether it’s video games like Call of Duty: World at War or movies like Dead Snow, Nazi Zombies are definitely hot right now, and for good reason. Who wouldn’t want to see two of the most evil, most terrifying things brought together in movie form. I first made mention of this movie late last year when I made my post about 2009 Halloween Movie Recommendations and even though I hadn’t seen it yet I immediately knew I had to. And now after finally being released on Blu-Ray and DVD this week, I got my chance and was definitely not disappointed.
Sure the plot of the movie is very cliche, group of kids go out into the remote wilderness to a friends cabin to spend the weekend and before they can even get settled things go terribly wrong. There are Nazi Zombies buried in the snow all over the mountain and they want their treasure back… It’s a little confusing as to why they didn’t just rise up and go get it while the mountain was empty considering it was just sitting in a box under a floorboard in the cabin. It wasn’t even like it was hidden, the kids were using the open floor as a cooler for their beer and food. So of course the kids find the box and open it which alerts the Nazi Zombies to it’s whereabouts and thus begins our gore filled intestine-fest. Yeah, for some reason the filmmakers seem to be obsessed with intestines, which is never a bad thing and they find some ridiculous ways to incorporate them into the flick.
Outside of the normal blood and guts that I was expecting from a zombie movie there were some funny parts as well. Nothing laugh out loud funny, as I don’t think that’s what the filmmakers were going for, but more of a “we know this is a ridiculous concept so we’re not going to take ourselves too seriously” kind of way. The movie knows what it is and doesn’t try to be something else. There’s no big revelation at the end and no real message, it’s just an hour and a half of good old horror movie fun. It reminds me a lot of Evil Dead and it’s pretty obvious that the filmmakers are big fans of that movie, they pay homage to it more than once. And I can’t recall a time, other than my first viewing of Evil Dead, that I had so much fun watching a horror movie. The only slight issue I had was that it took a while for us to finally see the Nazi Zombies, but it wasn’t a huge deal as I actually liked the interaction between the kids at the cabin and there are some other things going on to build the suspense.
Sure the movie had it’s over-the-top ridiculous moments that maybe could have been done a little differently, but overall I thought the movie was highly entertaining and I may actually watch it again before sending it back to netflix which is something I’ve never done. So if you’re looking for a good all around popcorn flick horror movie, that will keep you entertained for an hour and a half, then check out Dead Snow.