Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (2014) – Review

Dead Snow has been characterized «the best Nazi zombie movie ever made»; a daring but yet honest statement, firstly because the number of such films is rather limited and secondly it’s probably the only one that uses humor so successfully.

Vegar Hoel and Stig Frode Henriksen deliver a crowdpleasing slasher and thus a sequel to the Dead Snow franchise, which clearly won the audience over. Infused with goofy scenes and dark humor, Dead Snow 2 forms an entertaining horror spoof about Nazi zombies going on a slaughter spree in the countryside of Northern Europe.

The audience was introduced to Herzog (Ørjan Gamst), a vicious and vengeful zombie, and his squad of warrior zombies in 2009 with the first part of Dead Snow. It was then when  Vegar Hoel and Stig Frode Henriksen wrote the first chapters of the story and left a group of friends in the mercy of evil Nazi zombies, who buried a deadly curse along with them in the ground they had once invaded.

The sole survivor of the gut-munching massacre was Martin (Vegar Hoel), a courageous fellow who sawed off his own arm after being bitten by Herzog. Even though he managed to avoid the infection and escape the attack, fate had more troubles in store for him.

The sequel finds him lying on a hospital bed, burdened by the blame for his friends’ murder. To make things even worse, the doctors have reattached his limb, but the only problem is that they accidentally used Herzog’s arm, which was cut off during the attack.

Now, Martin is listed as a grim murderer by the authorities and is clearly put in a much worse position, when the arm starts to act voluntarily and adds more gruesome murders to his already heavy criminal record.

Three silly Americans, who are the only members of the well-known Zombie Squad, fly to Norway in support of Martin’s task to stop the Nazis’ evil plan. Their characters will add up to the randomness of Dead Snow 2 and will be the source for more ridiculousness and goofy scenes.

Let’s talk about the atmosphere for a bit. The setting is really successful for such a story. The snowy scenery of the Norwegian landscape is menacing enough and makes the zombie outbreak a more international matter. The director, Tommy Wirkola, exhausted all the clichés in the first part, where the main characters are massacred in the vicinity of a secluded wooden cabin leaving one mutilated survivor behind, whereas the second part goes beyond the clichéd isolation and has the zombies reach residential areas.

Tommy Wirkola directed the first flick, as well as the sequel, hence the safe and well-tried pattern. Ultimate gore, black humor and stomach-cringing scenes are standard techniques and frankly they deliver a quite entertaining outcome. The writers, who also star in the movie, didn’t quite strive towards making a slasher masterpiece, but they did manage to breathe new life into zombie invasion horror.

And to quote Colin Clive in Frankenstein: It’s Alive! It’s Alive! 6/10.

11 Responses to “Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (2014) – Review”
  1. It seems like everyone is watching this but me. lol With every review, including yours, I just want to see it more and more. Will have to get to it.


  2. thycriticman says:

    Only a six? I feel bad for any dude who decides to take you on a date. You must one tough girl to please haha.

    This is one of my favorite horror movies (right behind The Guest) of 2014. It brought me back to the days of The Evil Dead 2 and reminded me of how fun the zombie genre can be when the filmmakers try. A super creative sequel that actually outshines the first is what this is:) Glad you did like it though!


  3. GaryGreg828 says:

    I am in the middle of this one, and plan to finish tonight. I will come back to read the review after I finish watching.


    • maria kriva says:

      Yeah, that’s probably a wise thing to do! haha
      Although, come on, don’t pause movies in the middle! It spoils the fun – probably as much as I spoil the reviews!


      • GaryGreg828 says:

        Yeah, that’s true, but I was falling asleep; it was like 3am, and I wanted to be wide awake so I can focus on it.

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      • GaryGreg828 says:

        Nothing spoils the movies more than your reviews! 🙂 I finally finished. I thought it was pretty good. My favorite part was the lady in the wheelchair. lol.


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