Zombie movies. I have to confess I was never the biggest fan (I know Bruce Campbell mainly from the TV show Burn Notice for example), but I saw the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead and loved it. I soon discovered that rather than boring gore-fests for misfit teenagers, zombie movies were in fact sophisticated pieces of social criticism, tackling issues such as racism, prejudice, consumerism, and class conflict (even if some people would just prefer the zombies without the message). So I now enjoy a zombie movie, especially 28 Days Later, even though I’ve never gone back and watched the old classics.
All of which is a roundabout way of bringing us to Dead Snow, the story of the fate of a group of young Norwegians who come into conflict with a bunch of zombie Nazis left over from World War II. This is an excellent movie, and more than lives up to the hype. Witty and inventive, it also more than meets the viewer’s expectations for gore and gruesome deaths. But surely, in a zombie movie involving Nazis there must also be some of that biting social criticism, referring to the dangers of the electoral rise of the ultra-right across many countries in Europe over the last decade or so? Well, no. Not really. It’s just fun. And well worth seeing. Although obviously, what the film really needed was a T-34 appearing to remind the Nazis and the audience just who really did the heavy lifting in the defeat of Nazism.