->''Ein! Zwei! '''Die!'''''

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[[caption-width-right:303:And you thought ThoseWackyNazis were bad the first time around]]
'''''Dead Snow''''' (''Død Snø'') is a Norwegian Zombie horror-comedy movie from 2009. The plot concerns a group of young medical students who go to a small secluded cottage in the mountains for their [[HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday Easter]] vacation. [[HilarityEnsues Drunkenness, lechery and silliness ensue]] - until a lone wanderer comes by, telling the grisly tale of a detachment of Nazis who, in the last days of [[WorldWarII the war]], stole everything not nailed down and fled to the mountains, where they perished in the cold. Of course, [[HarbingerOfImpendingDoom The Wanderer]] is [[CassandraTruth entirely ignored]], and leaves. Before long, though, the med students find themselves fighting for their lives against zombies... [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Nazi zombies]].

''Dead Snow'' isn't quite your typical zombie film, if that wasn't already apparent, and it switches between horror and humor much like ''Franchise/EvilDead 2'', which appears to be an important inspiration for this tale of gore and guts.

[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4FoV9iiLmI A 2014 sequel is nigh upon us.]]
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!!Tropes in this film:

* AudibleSharpness: For a chainsaw, a rifle, and even a ''sledgehammer''.
* BadAss: Vegard, who, among other things, stitches up a wound ''on his own neck''. ''With a fishhook and line''.
** HeartbrokenBadass/HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: The death of Sarah, and then being informed that everyone else is dead leaves him stunned, allowing the zombies to attack him despite only a minute earlier defeating the zombies when they tried similar moves with ease.]]
* [[spoiler:TheBadGuyWins]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Martin and Roy weren't in trouble when they were fighting the zombies, but when a second wave attacks, Vegard decides to show up. With a machine gun strapped to his snow mobile.
* BlackComedy: The absurd extreme of death, mutilation and horror oddly has the opposite effect from DarknessInducedAudienceApathy. It is a very violent movie, and about 90 percent of that violence is played for laughs.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: The English subtitles are okay for the most part, but obviously not done by a native speaker.
* BloodyHilarious: Very much so in the second half,
* CellPhonesAreUseless:
** The cottage is in a dead zone, but they can still call emergency services. Towards the end they try it, but when they try to explain the situation (complete with zombies who "look like Germans from the Second World War!"), they are mistaken for a prank call and their connection terminated.
** This is lampshaded by GenreSavvy film buff Erlend right at the beginning.
-->"How many movies start with a bunch of teenagers in the middle of nowhere with no reception?"
* ChainsawGood
* ChekhovsGun:
** The coin Hanna hides in Martin's pocket, [[spoiler:which dooms him in the end]].
** Averted by the coin that falls off of Erland's lap into the snow. Nothing ever comes of it.
* ChekhovsSkill: Using dangling spit to determine which way is up after being buried in snow.
** Vegard and co. were in the army. Their military skills come in handy quite a bit.
* ClosedCircle: The students park their car a ways away from the cottage - the student who is a [[GenreSavvy movie buff]] [[ConversationalTroping correctly identifies the situation]]
* DeathByMaterialism: The zombies are after the gold hidden in the students' cottage. [[spoiler:Martin is undone by the fact that Hanna stole a coin and hid it in his pants]].
* DeathBySex: [[spoiler:Erlend and Chris]] - they are the only ones to have sex in the movie.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: During their stand against the zombies, Roy crosses his [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn hammer and sickle]] to make the classic symbol for Communism. It might be an intentional choice by Roy, since the zombie he attacks looks very upset by it.
* DontSneakUpOnMeLikeThat: A guy is working out his frustration at being cornered by zombies by savagely hacking the remaining one to pieces. His girlfriend decides that the best thing to do in this situation is to walk up and tap him on the shoulder, and gets an axe in the neck for her troubles.
* DuctTapeForEverything: Duct Tape For Makeshift Bandages!
* EpicFail: Roy attempts to throw a Molotov cocktail out an open window two feet in front of him. He hits the wall of their wooden cabin instead, with predictable results.
* FaceYourFears: Martin is afraid of blood and gets drenched in it over the course of the film. Hanna is claustrophobic and gets buried in snow.
* EverybodyDies: Appears that way originally, but the sequel reveals [[spoiler:Martin]] survived.
* GenreSavvy:
** Erlend identifies their situation as a ClosedCircle (and is a huge movie geek to boot), however he is one of the only ones in the [[DeathBySex movie who had sex...]]
** He's also the first to identify the zombies. The students in general avert the expected horror GenreBlindness, even after scoffing off the crusty old doomsayer, they're quick to take self-preservative action.
* {{Ghostapo}}: No origin is confirmed for the zombies, but it's hinted to be the result of a curse.
* {{Gorn}}: It is a zombie movie - do we really need to go on?
* GratuitousGerman: Sure, the Zombies all prefer groaning to proper German, but the one time the Colonel speaks it, it sounds very dodgy.
* GroinAttack: Both used by the zombies, and against them.
* {{Homage}}:
** Hanna's demise might seem familiar to fans of ''Film/TheDescent''.
** The LockAndLoadMontage is lifted directly from the ''Franchise/EvilDead'' franchise, complete with the whooshing camera zooms.
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: Of course the dead would rise around Easter.
* ImpairmentShot: There are good ways to wake up, and bad ways. One particularly bad way is to wake up to zombies ripping out your intestines.
* LifeOrLimbDecision: [[spoiler: Martin]], though it seems to be unnecessary. He doesn't live long enough to find out.
* LockAndLoadMontage: Roy and Martin raid the tool shed, resulting in one of these that is straight out of the ''Franchise/EvilDead'' series.
* MadeOfPlasticine: Both the humans and zombies seem to be able to tear each other apart with their bare hands.
* MrExposition: The Wanderer doubles as this and as a HarbingerOfImpendingDoom. As these are wont to do, he catches a terminal whiff of [[TooDumbToLive The Stupids]] and goes somewhere remote and unprotected to get killed
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: It's close.
* NoTimeToExplain: Parodied when two of the protagonists are trying to keep the attacking nazi zombies from breaking into the house.
-->-We've got to get to the shed!
-->-What? Why do we need to go there?
-->''(a beat)''
-->-Uh... no time to explain!
* NotUsingTheZWord: Movie buff Erlend rightly identifies the zombies - being GenreSavvy. [[spoiler:He is killed off in the same scene.]]
* OffScreenTeleportation: The Colonel Zombie does this toward the end, suddenly being ahead of his own zombie soldiers, when we saw him letting them run ahead of him (so that he could pick up a weapon) a few shots ago.
* OhCrap:
** The look on Martin's face after he [[spoiler: cuts off his own arm with a chainsaw to save himself from a zombie bite]], only to be [[spoiler:bitten in the crotch immediately afterwards]], is just pricelessly pathetic. Later on, his FamousLastWords: "Oh, fuck."
** The zombies panic when Vegard busts out the machine gun.
** Martin's and Roy's reaction after "Arise!"
** When Vegard is exploring the cave and sees the giant Nazi flag, his reaction is priceless: "Fuck."
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: The exact mechanics are not explained, but the Nazi zombies are strongly implied to be of the Revenant variety, driven by greed past the point of death. Although it's not clear whether they eat human flesh, they are bitey.
* PrecisionFStrike: When Vegard sees the Nazi flag in the cave, his only response is "Fuck." See OhCrap.
* RuleOfFunny: Yes, in a zombie horror film.
* ScareChord: It's used quite a lot. Mostly for RuleOfFunny.
* ShoutOut:
** Erland wears a shirt with the poster for Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/BrainDead''
** Erland references ''Franchise/EvilDead 1'' and 2, ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' and several other films with a similar set-up to this one.
** Erland quotes ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'' when he sees the gold: "Fortune and glory, kid."
* SoundtrackDissonance:
** The opening credits, in which Sara is chased down and murdered by zombies, are set to the upbeat "In the Hall of the Mountain King"
** The supremely gory zombie brawl is set to the insanely upbeat and cheerful [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7YjvlAP2MM "Min Dag I Dag"]] (Today's My Day)
* ShootTheShaggyDog: The whole movie is full of defeated efforts [[spoiler: leading to TotalPartyKill]].
* SuperCellReception: Disbelieved InUniverse. The characters are stuck high in the mountains in Norway, and when they DO manage to get reception, the emergency dispatcher thinks they're kidding.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Well, it sort of worked. Even the thrower looked surprised that it actually hit home.
* TooDumbToLive: Best example--Hanna makes the incredibly stupid decision to put an unexpected hand on Martin's shoulder whilst he is in a zombie-mutilating rage. Guess what happens next.
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:Everyone who lives long enough to fight the zombies. Especially Vegard.]]
-->'''Roy:''' Where the fuck did you get a machine gun from? \\
'''Vegard:''' Well... I've been busy.
* TrashTheSet: They built the cottage for this film. The molotov cocktail then burns it down. The charred remains where the treasure box is found is actually the leftovers of the cottage.
* WhiteShirtOfDeath: Vegard's white snowjacket gets soaked red by the end of the film after killing a number of zombies.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Roy (Stig Frode Henriksen), a friend and frequent collaborator of Tommy Wirkola's, basically plays himself. In addition, Martin and Erlend are also based on friends of the two, the former sharing both his inspiration's full name (he is named Martin Hovden in the script; look at the credits for Translation) and fear of blood.
* ZombieGait: Averted. The zombies walk pretty normally, and are frequently shown running. They even manage an OffscreenTeleportation or two.
* ZombieInfectee: Erland warns the gang not to get bitten, clearly fearing this trope from all the zombie movies he's watched. Martin takes the warning to heart and [[spoiler:chops off his arm after getting bitten]]. We never find out if it's possible to change into a zombie. Roy argues that Nazi zombies wouldn't accept new members with Jewish ancestry.

!! Tropes in the sequel:

* AmbiguouslyGay: Glenn mentions how he has a "he" whom he finds he to be very hot but suddenly retracts it to a "she". Not so ambiguous after all...
** Made pretty clear by [[spoiler: His last words.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Glenn:''' Fuck it! I'm just going to say it. I, Glenn Kenneth Toivonen, [[KilledMidSentence am -]] ]]
* BloodierAndGorier: The film is much gorier than the first part which was very gory itself.
* TheChewToy: The poor guy in the wheelchair who [[spoiler: gets reanimated repeatedly each time going through horrible punishment. All PlayedForLaughs of course.]]
* ClearMyName: Martin is accused of the killings perpetrated by Herzog and his army. Subverted as he abandons trying to clear himself and focuses on killing Herzog instead.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Herzog, for a horror comedy is actually a pretty dangerous and smart villain even if he was not a zombie. He only resurrects the zombies which are fully functional (to the extent after he is done killing them) and sends the weaker zombies to weather the worst attacks first.
* EveryoneIsArmed: Averted, and lampshaded by the American characters who can't believe they can't buy firearms at the local hardware store.
* EvilHand: [[spoiler: Herzog's hands one of which gets surgically attached to Martin that can reanimate the dead!]]
* '''{{Gorn}}'''
* ILoveTheDead: [[spoiler: Martin reanimates Hanna in the end and has sex with her in the car.]]
* InfantImmortality: Averted with extreme prejudice.
* MassOhCrap: The cops when they start realising just what's going on.
-->'''Chief of Police:''' Jesus, Mary and Joseph Stalin!
* NerdActionHero: The Zombie Squad are nerds but surprisingly pretty competent fighters.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: [[spoiler: Delivered while elbow-deep in the guts of a dead child, no less.]]
* PoliceAreUseless: Enforced. The lead police officer is useless but he deliberately stays out of the action to let the zombies kill each other and then nab Martin to become famous.
* SpeaksInShoutOuts: One of the Zombie Squad speaks almost entirely in ''Franchise/StarWars'' quotes.
-->'''Glenn:''' Could we ''please'' maybe focus on, you know, the nazi zombies instead?
* TheStinger: [[spoiler: The Nazi Zombie Doctor wasn't killed along with the others. He finds and reanimates Herzog's head.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Martin especially with [[spoiler: Herzog's surgically attached right hand]] becomes a very badass character.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Several.
* WorldOfBadass: Martin, the Zombie Squad (despite being nerds), Stavarin, even Glenn. The only non-badass characters would be the cops.
* WorstAid: A very graphic example of why you should get used to having a superpowered EvilHand before attempting to give cardiac massage. Or give mouth-to-mouth to a zombie.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Daniel thinks he is the {{Hero}}. He is more of TheSmartGuy though he is not a bad fighter and [[spoiler: survives the movie.]]
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