It's a rare and rather lovely thing when a sequel manages to outstrip a cult original, but that's certainly the case with Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola's 2014 sequel to his own 2009 blackly comic horror flick Dead Snow [Død snø], enticingly titled for the western market Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead.
Having crashed his car after fleeing the ski lodge where his friends were brutally murdered by General Herzog and his squadron of Nazi zombies, Martin wakes up in hospital attempting to convince the local authorities that he is not responsible for their deaths.
Little do they know the undead fascists are very much still ‘living’ and marching on the town and what’s worse, they now have a tank! With time running out it’s up to Martin and his new American allies – a nerdy trio who have set themselves up as 'The Zombie Squad' – to save the town from total annihilation and defeat Herzog and his men once and for all.
Bigger, bolder and bloodier, Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead is severed heads and shoulders above the first instalment and has some of the most inventive zombie kills ever seen on film. Perfectly balanced with enough blood to fill an army of tanks, Dead Snow 2 has a wickedly dark sense of humour and is truly one of the funniest films of the year filled with laugh out loud moments, outrageous gore, jaw-dropping visual gags, and an ending that in terms of the taste barrier throws all caution to the wind.
Described by Dread Central as "The best Nazi zombie film ever made" and CineVue as "The ultimate in gross-out horror with heavy helpings of side-splitting humour", the sublime blend of black comedy and gore is worthy of Bad Taste and Braindead era Peter Jackson.
Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead will be released on UK DVD and Blu-ray on 12th January 2014 by Entertainment One at the RRP of £15.99 for the DVD and £19.99 for the Blu-ray.
Special features will include:
The Arm – short film