ScreenAnarchy Has Seen The First Five Minutes Of DEAD SNOW 2 And The Word Is Very Good, Indeed!

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ScreenAnarchy Has Seen The First Five Minutes Of DEAD SNOW 2 And The Word Is Very Good, Indeed!
Back in mid April ScreenAnarchy was proud to present the first images from Tommy Wirkola's Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead, noting at the time that the sheer level of blood present boded well for fans of the original Nazi zombie comedy. Well, now we come bearing word that this early promise has been realized. The producers of the film were present in the Cannes film market with the first five minutes of the picture and we were fortunate enough to get a look.

The film will be shot in both English and Norwegian. In the sequel the story follows the sole survivor of a Nazi zombie attack who battles an even larger army of Zombies with the help of a professional gang of American zombie killers who call themselves the Zombie Squad. 
I am delighted to step back into the world of Nazi zombies yet again with Dead Snow: War Of The Dead, a world that is very close to my heart," said Wirkola."We have a script that I am super excited about, which is bigger, scarier, funnier, more action-filled and gorier than the previous one, and I can't wait to unleash another horde of undead Nazi zombies onto the world again.
While many sequels will make the comment that they are picking up where the first film left off, very few actually live up to that statement. But this? This is take that sentiment to the farthest possible extreme, actually recreating the final shot from Dead Snow and continuing forward from where the first film ended. So, that coin on that fell to the car floor? Yes, the zombies want it back. Quite badly.

What do you get? I don't want to spoil the gags but suffice it to say that things are intensely bloody and very, very funny. Freed of the need to set up the story and the characters - all of that having been done in the first film - this one is jumping in with both feet and slamming the accelerator to the floor, as it were. The blood and body parts in those images we shared? Present in a big, big way.

The zombies look great, the staging is strong, the gags pop off the screen, and the stakes are clearly being raised all around. Yes, this looks fantastic. This initial footage was from a brief April shoot, with production now in a planned pause before picking up main photography in August and September. So there's going to be a bit of a wait but it should be very well worthwhile.

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MichaelMay 25, 2013 9:13 PM

"The zombies look great"

But these are NAZI zombies. Apparently I'm the only one to find this tasteless. The ideology associated with the term, responsible for one of the most heinous crimes against humanity, is being ignored. They are being used as fodder for pop culture entertainment complete with gags. And in the first film they were treated like anti-heroes. Their victims were just a body count; it was the Nazi zombies who prevailed. Hardly a positive message befitting a sequel. We seem to have forgotten already. Interesting that if a celebrity dresses in blackface they're condemned but this gets a pass.

Todd BrownMay 26, 2013 1:03 AM

If you consider being condemned to an eternal non-life spent chasing around gold that they'll never be able to spend to be somehow 'heroic', sure, I suppose you could read it that way. Or you could read it as evil is eternal but generally futile and ridiculous. Or you could simply recognize that humor is the tool most frequently used to defang the truly horrific.

ChrometoadMay 26, 2013 2:38 AM

Chill, man. Everyone loves zombies, Nazi or not.
But on a more serious note, I did have problem with the first movie. Cinematic Nazis make great villains because they are cold, calculating, coordinated. But zombies are the complete opposite: visceral, primitive, mindless. Dead Snow breaks the tradition and makes its zombies work within a command structure. That's what rubs me the wrong way about Dead Snow. But the humor, the vivid imagery, the landscape, the snow, the costumes, the make-up work? Fantastic! As good as any big-budget stuff.

Daniel A.May 26, 2013 3:21 AM

So excited for this! I had no expectations for the first part (I just saw it for the sake of completion during a 20-plus film zombie marathon) and it ended up being one of my favorite zombie films of modern times. This is great news!

Carlo CieloMay 26, 2013 4:22 AM

I hope they really explore the idea of a 'Nazi zombie' in the sequel. Or at least totally have fun with it.

The zombies in the first one are simply in Nazi costumes.'Command structure' doesn't distinguish them all that much either, since zombies have always been implied to have some kind of 'command structure'. Or at least an 'overmind' that plays into their instincts and drives them with a singular aim. Which is kind what a 'zombie' is in the popular culture and vernacular. Mindless, predatory obedience

So seeing cold, efficient zombies will be a nice thing. It will be a precedent, I think.

zeyMay 26, 2013 8:24 AM

When it comes to modern day Nazi zombie movies, I'm more of an "Outpost" kind of guy than "Dead Snow" (actually, "Blood Creek" is better than both now that I think about it) but I'll certainly give this sequel a shot. Thanks, Todd.

ChrometoadMay 26, 2013 1:48 PM

Thanks for the recommendations! I didn't know there were more Nazi zombie movies out there. I hope I can find them on Netflix (like Dead Snow).

cinesimonJuly 14, 2014 6:57 PM

I can't find a Twitchfilm review for this movie. Odd? Or did it just turn out not to be so great?

Todd BrownJuly 14, 2014 8:01 PM

It's pretty much exactly what you'd expect from these guys and very good fun. Massive scale zombie carnage. I just think I'm the only of the Twitch people who saw it at Sundance and as I'm a part of XYZ Films as well (who picked up the film as US sales reps shortly before the Sundance screening) I was in a conflict of interest position so never wrote a review myself.