Død Snø 2 (2014) – review

WebDL – norwegian & english audio track + italian subtitles

Long story short: after a platoon of nazi zombies almost killed a man, he drive away, thinking to be safe, but it can’t be more far from the truth…

I saw Død Snø some months ago, and I laughed a lot; it was since maybe Braindead (that accidentaly appears on a printed T-Shirt of one of the characters) that I had so much fun watching an horror-comedy, a not so easy to find genre indeed…

So, I was eagerly awaiting Død Snø 2 – a.k.a. Dead Snow: Red VS Dead – and I chose to not read ANYTHING about it, to be surprised at the moment of the first view, in a good or bad way… luckily, I was really happy to discover that this movie is stronger and funnier than its predecessor!

Usually I don’t spend much time for a brief synopsis – you could always read IMDB of one of the other million reviews in the wild – but I want to do for this movie, to give you an idea of what kind of weird one it is…

Near the end of Død Snø, Martin was forced to chop his own right arm to avoid the spread of the zombie infection; after that, he run away from the nazi zombie platoon to save his life; Død Snø 2 starts where the first movie ends; while Martin is driving away, Herzog, the nazi commander, grab himself on the car door; a truck smash him out, leaving one of Herzog’s arms inside the car; then Martin has a car accident, finds himself in a hospital, and discovers that doctors reattached his arm to the body… the bad thing is that this is not Martin’s arm, but Herzog’s!

From that point, anything happen; zombie arm with its own will, a so-called Zombie Squad – three American teenagers – fly to Norway to help Martin; zombie platoon remember their original mission was to kill every inhabitants of a small village, to stop them our heros should awake a soviet platoon killed by the nazis during WWII, turning them in zombies, too… it seems an intricated story at first, but really it is not; it flows from the start to the end in a so good way; I had so much fun, and found myself laugh loud a lot when some surreal things happen…

At the end, story is really good; acting is convincing and dialogs are strange and amusing; makeup is better than the first film, and they used a real tank, too… so, what do you want more from an horror comedy?

An absolute little masterpiece mix of black comedy and horror; a “must see” for anyone who think Braindead is a masterpiece itself; reccomended of course to any zombie aficionados and horror fan that are capable to elevate their suspension of disbilief to a totally new level… “Zombies? OK, I can get it, but… nazi zombies? Are you kidding?!?”

My vote:8/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2832470

Frankenstein’s Army (2013) – review

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Long story short: few Russian soldiers respond to a distress signal, discovering an horrible Nazi weapon.

I’m not new to this kind of movies, but I must admit I was surprised – in a good way. I mean, of course this is not a masterpiece, and it will never be included in a top list (I think) but it has “something” – still to be understood – that catches you, at least if you like horror movies like me…

The idea is nothing new; take an handheld camera, and shoot the film pretending it’s a documentary (read: mockumentary); still, it works! Think of it something like Star Trek’s Borgs meet The Blair Witch Project in an Hostel… of course, everything should be shacked and mixed together; add also a Robocop’s ED-209, some (a lot?) of FPS videogame shots, and you have the final product!

Acting is far from perfect, but quite believable; the director of photography has chosen this particular color grading that gives you the idea it was shot during WWII; special effects are almost all non-CGI, and even if they seems simple sometimes, they are effective; music is non present for most if not all the duration of the movie.

It’s strange, sick, but nevertheless interesting. If you can stand a lot of blood, human bodies and part of them, *maybe* you could enjoy it… you are warned!

My vote: 6.5/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1925435