We all know that only thing worse than either Nazis or zombies are, of course, Nazi zombies. It’s like the two worst things in the world came together to try and eat your brain. There’s a grand tradition of combining these two evils—and within that subgenre there’s an ever sub-er genre of Nazi zombies in bodies of water that’s also a pretty good time—but Tommy Wirkola’s 2009 outing Dead Snow brought it into the modern age. That movie is a blast, but goddamn his follow-up, Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead, looks absolutely insane. The movie just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and while most of us weren’t fortunate enough to be in attendance, they unleashed this nutso full trailer for us to wallow in.
I’m having trouble coming up with words to describe this new trailer. The first Dead Snow was a lot of fun, but Red vs. Dead definitely cranks things up to 11. Sweet baby Jesus, this is two plus minutes of gore-soaked, gleeful mayhem. It looks like any and all pretense of being scary has gone out the window, replaced instead with full-on, intestine-ripping slapstick. Wirkola’s first outing had its tongue planted firmly in its cheek, but this is something else entirely, and I’m having a hard time wiping this giant grin off of my face.
Here’s part of a synopsis:
If the worst day of your life consisted of accidentally killing your girlfriend with an axe, chain-sawing your own arm off, and watching in horror as your closest friends were devoured by a zombified Nazi battalion, you’d have to assume that things couldn’t get much worse. In Martin’s case, that was only the beginning.
The action of Red vs. Dead picks up right after the end of the first film, with Martin (Vegar Hoel) waking up in the hospital after that big ass car accident. Somehow the doctors manage to reattach the arm he chainsawed off after getting bit by a zombie. You’d think this could be a problem, given that when a zombie bites you, you usually turn into one of them. But in this case, it seems to have given him something akin to super powers, or at least massive, zombie-punching strength.
These Nazi zombies are still super pissed, not to mention super racist, and out for revenge. Martin can’t handle it all by himself, so he calls in the help of the Zombie Squad, an elite cadre of… oh wait, scratch that, it’s a bunch of American nerds, headed by Freaks and Geeks alum Martin Starr, who have never faced off with a real zombie in their lives. But they certainly have seen a great many zombie movies, which is more or less the same thing, right? That should be a fun little adventure.
There’s no word on American distribution for Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead just yet, but you can be sure that news won’t be too far off.