Tommy Wirkola’s upcoming sequel Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead pays homage to one of my favorite subgenres in all of horror, the Nazi zombie film. (My favorite is still the Nazi zombies emerging from bodies of water sub-subgenre, typified in movies like Shockwaves and Zombie Lake, but Nazi zombies in snow is also pretty great.) The film is finally going to see a release later this fall, and now they’re back with another funny new poster.
Like the last poster we saw, this one sheet plays up the tongue in cheek nature of the film. They just want to give you a heads up that there are Nazi zombies on the way, and how better to express that sentiment than with a severed head in a military helmet? See what they did there? It’s hard to go wrong on that front.
As fun and clever as this poster is, and it’s better than most, it still pales in comparison to the previous effort. That one, which shows a swastika made out of severed limbs and blood laying in the snow, is going to be hard to top, and though this is a nice effort, they still have a ways to go if they’re going to out do themselves before the movie hits theaters.
If Dead Snow 2 feels like it’s been a long time coming, it has. There have been rumblings since the Norwegian zombie adventure hit all the way back in 2009, and though he’s been busy making movies like Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Wirkola has always intended to get back to movie that really made his name. And the film finally premiered to the public at Sundance this past January, and will hit VOD and get a simultaneous limited theatrical release starting on October 10.
The first film follows a mixed group of Norwegian students—there’s a brain, a jock, a guy who knows he’s in a horror movie, you know, the usual assortment of characters—as they embark on what is intended to be a calm, chill weekend hangout at a remote cabin in the woods. We that never goes as planned, and before long, they’re fighting for their lives against a horde of Nazi zombies, the most sinister kinds of both Nazis and zombies.
Here’s a brief synopsis of Dead Snow 2:
On the orders of a rotten Führer, the zombies from Dead Snow return to settle old German scores. In the continuation of the epic splatter fest from 2009, Martin, the sole survivor of the first movie, prove that there’s more badass shit in Northern Norway than even Nazi zombies would be prepared for. The table is set for a massive revenge epic, where blood, guts, brains and throats are not the only things dredged up from the darkness. Old hatred never rots.
If you’re into this sort of thing, Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead promises to be a pretty damn good time. Look for it in your area later this year. What better way to get into the Halloween spirit in October than by rustling up a viewing of this ridiculous horror joint?