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

Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead
Directed by Tommy Wirkola
Courtesy of Well Go USA
Release Date: December 9, 2014


I have mentioned my undying love for zombie movies time and time again, and it seems my love grows stronger every time I watch a great living dead flick. The original DEAD SNOW is one of my favorites made in recent memory, so when I heard director Tommy Wirkola was back to direct the sequel, I got butterflies in my stomach (or were those parasites?). Lo and behold, I can’t believe he did it, but Wirkola managed to top himself…the follow-up is actually better than the first one! If you are looking for a film with zombies, humor, and a huge, heaping helping of gore, then DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD is a film you must check out.

If you are not familiar with DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Well Go USA:

Martin (Vegar Hoel) hasn’t had the best vacation. He accidentally killed his girlfriend with an axe. He cut his own arm off with a chainsaw. And his friends STILL got devoured by a battalion of Nazi Zombies. This morning, he woke up in a hospital bed with a new arm – but it’s a super-powered Zombie arm that wants to kill him, and anything else it can reach. Martin’s PISSED. And with the help of his new Zombie Squad pals (Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer, Ingrid Haas), he’s gonna deliver some payback to Colonel Herzog and his precious Nazi gold – by raising an undead army of his own.

I was hooked from the start with this film. It literally picks up the minute where the first film ends. I know this for a fact because I rewatched DEAD SNOW last night, prior to watching this one. The continuity is almost flawless, and that is saying a lot since the original film was made five years ago.

DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD is shot very well, and the camerawork does an amazing job of capturing the beauty and majesty of Iceland. And, just like its predecessor, the film pays attention to the smallest of details; for example, we see the actors’ breath in the air in several scenes, however the zombies emit no breath at all. This is the way it should be, as they are dead. I’m not sure if this was intentional or not, but it is a noticeable component of the realism in the film.

The acting is great as well, with Vegar Hoel and Orjan Gamst reprising their roles from the original film. I have never seen many of the names in either film, but I expect great things will come for them in the future.

The gore in DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD does not disappoint, and there’s plenty of it to go around! Bodies are torn apart, skulls are smashed, and entrails are flung about in a ballet of brutality; this is a gore-hound’s dream! This film also shows some interesting uses for body parts as well, including a man’s intestines which are used to siphon gasoline from a truck into a tank. Some of these scenes are tongue-in-cheek, and some are just meant to make you cringe…but they are all excellent, and the special effects team deserves a nod of acknowledgement.

DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD is a major win for me, and I am proud to have it in my library. I suggest adding it to yours as soon as possible. Aside from crazy effects and vicious zombies, you’ll get an intriguing story and plenty of tension. Oh, and be sure to snag the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray; aside from the crystal-clear HD picture and ear-shattering surround-sound, you’ll get a few special features that include a short film, the DEAD SNOW comic book, and a visual effects featurette.

Add this title to your Christmas wish-list for sure. It hits store shelves next week.