With a bigger budget and gore factor, it’s a welcome return for Colonel Herzog (Ørjan Gamst) and his undead Nazi army as they march to settle the beef they have with our protagonist Martin (Vegar Hoel) and the sleepy town of Tarvik. The film takes off straight after the original, with Martin waking up in hospital after a car crash; unfortunately for him, his severed arm has been replaced by Herzog’s and Herzog has Martin’s. Ohhhhh dear.
Dead Snow 2 is deliciously nasty and politically incorrect, with no one safe from Herzog’s zombie rampage. You can imagine the japes that Martin’s new arm provides; Hoel truly comes into his own in this movie and is the Nordic equivalent of Ash from The Evil Dead. Covered in blood and wearing a dodgy green tracksuit, he kicks ass as he fights back against Herzog and raises a Russian undead army to his cause. Also add in the welcome US Zombie Squad, three nerds led by Silicon Valley’s Martin Starr, and you’ve got quite the tour de force to take on the Nazi zombies.
It’s grotesque, with viscera flying around the screen, but ‘lovingly’ done through its influences from Braindead to Raimi, Romero to Friday the 13th. Herzog is given more screen time, and he’s one of the great cult horror villains – he’s also got a wicked sense of comic timing.
TOTAL RATING: 7/10
GORE RATING: 5/5
Watch it for: Herzog. A fantastic horror character
Watch out for: Electrocution by intestines