What makes a swarm of the undead even scarier? If the bodies rising from the dead belong to some of the worst human beings in history, that’s what. The Nazi zombie film is a totally under-appreciated subgenre within a subgenre. Director Tommy Wirkola’s 2009 Dead Snow pays homage to movies like Shockwaves and Zombie Lake, where Nazi foot soldiers come back to life and eat the flesh of the living.
Hot on the heels of the surprise success of his English language debut, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Wirkola has returned to Norway and started to work on the sequel, Dead Snow: War of the Dead. Below, we’ve got a handful of bloody, Nazi-filled pictures from the set.
Dead Snow works best as a straight-up horror movie—it runs into issues when it tries to be tongue-in-cheek and funny—and from the look of these images, War of the Dead is going to be heavy on the blood and gore. Isn’t that what you really want out of a movie like this?
Filmed in both English and Norwegian, Dead Snow 2 picks up the story of the lone survivor of the first film. In true sequel form, there is an even larger army of zombies this time around. He teams up with an American team of professional zombie hunters called the Zombie Squad.
By all accounts, Wirkola is super psyched to be back in the undead Nazi business. He says, “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.” That sounds promising indeed.