Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead

Released: 2014

Directed by Tommy Wirkola

Dead Snow was undoubtedly a novelty film. Everything about it screamed “Look! We have Nazi Zombies!” Red vs. Dead is a direct sequel that follows Martin as he has survived mostly intact. This time around, the novelty has aged and the Nazi concept alone cannot keep the film afloat. Luckily for us, the sequel surpasses the first film in almost every meaningful category.

Why are there Nazi Zombies? There’s a good answer that surprisingly doesn’t involve cursed treasure. I spent a bit of time thinking about the backstory, not simply in search of inconsistencies, but because I was genuinely interested.

The action! This film is filled with enough blood and gore to satisfy the most depraved splatter-fiend. It’s funny too! There’s even what I think to be a masterful Evil Dead nod.

Nearly halfway through the film, the audience is introduced to handful of quirky, endearing characters. They lift this one beyond the label of ‘well thought out splatter film’ and into the ranks of the great horror films. I say this without too much qualification. From a purely action perspective, the film is top notch; that scene with the hammer and newspaper! From a storytelling perspective, it is cohesive and plays the parts out well. From a general cinematic perspective, Dead Snow 2 is a fun and rewarding watch.

The second entry of the Dead Snow series presents Nazi Zombies as the cherry-on-top rather than the main course and succeeds beautifully.

Rating: 9/10

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