Basically a group of young friends drive up to a remote mountain cabin for a skiing holiday around Easter. The cabin belongs to Sara, who is skiing cross-country instead of riding with the others. After the friends arrive at the cabin, a strange local wanders by and relates the history of the nearby town of Øksfjord. During the Nazi occupation of World War II, a force led by Standartenführer Herzog (Ørjan Gamst) tortured and terrorized the populace for three years. As the war drew to a close, the Nazis looted the town's valuables and killed those who resisted. The populace rose up and ambushed the Nazis but Herzog and the remainder of his force was chased into the mountains where they were thought to have frozen to death. The stranger advises the young people to tread lightly since there are evil forces in the area. The next morning Sara has not reached the cabin yet. Sara's boyfriend Vegard (Jason Patric....er, I'm sorry he just reminds me of Jason Patric but is actually Lasse Valdal) decides to take off in the snowmobile to look for her. While Vegard is gone, the others find a box containing the looted valuables which reawakens the Nazi zombies. Vegard finds the stranger ripped apart in his tent; he later falls through the snow into an underground cavern filled with Nazi zombies. Meanwhile, the rest are attacked in their cabin by more zombies. While some distract the zombies away from the cabin, another group sneaks away to try to get help. All of our separated cast end up battling Nazi zombies simultaneously. While the film is actually quite good up to this point, things actually get much more interesting as each group separates to battle zombies and the film gets even better.
The action sequences (and, of course, the gore) are impressive and quite entertaining. The blood and gore is done in a light way (if that's possible) if not played for outright comedy; therefore it doesn't make you sick but might elicit an appreciative laugh. While there are a great deal of filmic references (which are also greatly appreciated by yours truly) and no new ground is broken with this film, DEAD SNOW does manage to do it all with style and freshness. The acting is actually very good and the effects are mostly excellent. The directing is crisp and well-paced with the accent on slam-bang Nazi zombie action. All in all, this one's a lot of fun.+++
Oh and today's (this post if for October 20th) Halloween Comic Book Cover of the Day is NIGHTMARE #11 from 1954.