Dead Snow – Norway, 2009 – reviews

Dead Snow – aka: Død snø – is a 2009 Norwegian zombie comedy feature film directed by Tommy Wirkola, starring Charlotte Frogner, Stig Frode Henriksen, Bjørn Sundquist, Ane Dahl Torp and Jenny Skavlan.

The film centres around a group of students surviving a zombie attack in the mountains of Norway. The premise of the film to that of the draugr — a Scandinavian folkloric undead greedily protecting its (often stolen) treasures.

A sequel, Dead Snow: Red vs Dead, arrived in 2014.


A woman, Sara (Ane Dahl Torp), is being chased through the snows of Norway. She is ultimately cornered and eaten by zombies in World War II Schutzstaffel (SS) uniforms.

Seven students on Easter vacation arrive at a small cabin near Øksfjord. The cabin is owned by Sara, Vegard’s (Lasse Valdal) girlfriend. The group begins to drink and party until a mysterious hiker (Bjørn Sundquist) arrives. He tells them the dark history of the region; during World War II, a force of Einsatzgruppe, led by Standartenführer Herzog (Ørjan Gamst), occupied the area.

For three years the Nazis abused and tortured the local people. Near the end of the war, with Germany’s defeat looming, the soldiers looted all the town’s valuables. However, the citizens stage an uprising and ambushed them, killing many. The survivors, including Herzog, were chased into the mountains, and it was assumed that they all froze to death…


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One Comment on “Dead Snow – Norway, 2009 – reviews”

  1. A knowing nod to both nazisplotation and the zombie genre that spawned it. It’s got enough sly giggles and grue to keep you glued. A really pleasant surprise actually.

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