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The 2014 sequel to the Norwegian horror comedy Dead Snow.

Right after the events of the previous film, Martin manages to fight back and run away from the Nazi zombies. In the process, the zombies' leader loses his right arm, which is used to replace Martin's lost one when he is eventually taken to a hospital. In there, he learns that the said arm has supernatural abilities, mostly in regards to accidentally killing people. After escaping the hospital, he comes in contact with the American Zombie Squad, who travel to Norway to help him to stop the Nazi zombies, who are ravaging the local countryside.


Tropes in this sequel:

  • Ambiguously Gay: 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 His last words.
    Glenn: Fuck it! I'm just going to say it. I, Glenn Kenneth Toivonen, am--
  • Artifact Title: With a title like that, you'd expect the Soviet zombies to be a major part of the story. The plan to reanimate them and use them to fight is only brought up during the late part of the third act, and even if they provide a numerical equalizer on the climactic fight, they are eventually curb-stomped by the Nazis, forcing Martin to take on Herzog himself.
  • Basement-Dweller: Daniel, Monica, and Blake, despite being presumably in their mid-20s or slightly older, have "landlords." Their parents.
  • Big Bad: Herzog, like in the previous film.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: The film is much gorier than the first part which was very gory itself.
  • Break Out the Museum Piece: The Nazis become an even bigger threat when they manage to fully reactivate a Panzer that was in a museum.
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  • The Cavalry: The undead Reds.
    Martin: I brought a few friends.
  • The Chew Toy: The poor guy in the wheelchair who gets reanimated repeatedly each time going through horrible punishment. All Played for Laughs of course.
  • Clear My Name: 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.
  • Death of a Child:
  • Denser and Wackier: Despite being much gorier than the first film, the sequel is significantly more lighthearted and played-for-laughs than its predecessor. Some film critics compared the first to the first Evil Dead, and the second to the comedically gory Braindead.
  • Drop the Hammer: When the big fight between Nazi zombies and Russian zombies start, Daniel takes on the opposing side with two common household hammers.
  • Everyone Is Armed: Averted, and lampshaded by the American characters who can't believe they can't buy firearms at the local hardware store.
  • Evil Hand: Herzog's hands, one of which gets surgically attached to Martin, that can reanimate the dead!
  • Eyepatch of Power: Major Stubbe sports a snazzy Iron Cross embossed eyepatch.
  • Genocide Backfire: When he was alive, Herzog wiped out the Soviet POWs. When they come back, they want nothing more than to annihilate him and his army.
  • Gorn: Lots of people (living, dead and undead) torn to pieces in some fashion happens on this film. Not even kids are safe (and get their ribcages crushed in, to boot)!
  • Hope Spot: The plan to resurrect the Soviet soldiers works... for a while. They all get eventually curb-stomped by the Nazis, Stavarin's re-death to Herzog being the most heart-breaking example.
  • Husky Russkie: The Soviet commander Stavarin is an enormous shaggy-bearded bear of a zombie, and badass enough to tear through the Nazis and hand Herzog his ass in a fight.
  • I Love the Dead: Martin reanimates Hanna in the end and has sex with her in the car.
  • It's Personal: Lieutenant Stavarin doesn't take his eyes off Herzog when he and his own "army" arrive.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": The cops when they start realising just what's going on.
    Chief of Police: Jesus, Mary and Joseph Stalin!
  • Meatgrinder Surgery: The Nazi medic ministers to one wounded soldier by pulling out his shredded guts and stuffing the cavity with straw, and another with a missing foot by snapping a toilet plunger in half and jamming the splintered end into the stump to make a prosthetic. Since they're all zombies it actually works pretty well.
  • Necromancer:
    • It turns out that Herzog has the magic power to raise dead bodies and turn them into zombies. After murdering dozens of civilians, he conscripts them into his undead army.
    • After getting Herzog's arm transplanted onto his body, Martin learns that he also shares this same power. So now he must create his own zombie army to defeat Herzog's forces.
  • Nerd Action Hero: The Zombie Squad are nerds but surprisingly pretty competent fighters.
  • Nobody Here but Us Statues: After the Nazi zombies raid the local World War II museum, Martin and Glenn elude them by pretending to be mannequins among the exhibits.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Delivered while elbow-deep in the guts of a dead child, no less.
  • Off with His Head!: Herzog, with his army, is eventually defeated when a blast from the commandeered tank takes his head off.
  • Oh, Crap!: Herzog and his tankman when the undead Reds arrive.
  • Out of the Closet, Into the Fire: Glenn goes full-on "screw this!" and declare that he's gay during the climactic battle after a whole movie of being ambiguous. He only gets as far as "I am — !" before one of the Nazi Zombies skewers him.
  • Police Are Useless: 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.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Herzog doesn't get a lot of dialogue to express it, but it's clear he's still a big believer in the party line.
  • Speaks in Shout-Outs: Monica, one of the Zombie Squad members, speaks almost entirely in Star Wars quotes.
    Glenn: Could we please maybe focus on, you know, the nazi zombies instead?
  • The Stinger: The Nazi Zombie Doctor wasn't killed along with the others. He finds and reanimates Herzog's head.
  • Takes One to Kill One: What does it take to fight Herzog and his battalion of Nazi zombies? Martin must revive his archenemy Stavarin and a battalion of Soviet zombies.
  • Tank Goodness: After attacking a local World War II museum, the Nazi zombies commandeer a tank that was part of the showcase.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Martin especially with Herzog's surgically attached right hand becomes a very badass character.
  • Versus Title: While the original Norwegian title is simply Død Snø 2 (Dead Snow 2) the english title omits the Numbered Sequel trope and adds a Versus Title as a subtitle.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Several.
  • World of Badass: Martin, the Zombie Squad (despite being nerds), Stavarin, even Glenn. The only non-badass characters would be the cops.
  • Worst Aid: A very graphic example of why you should get used to having a superpowered Evil Hand before attempting to give cardiac massage. Or give mouth-to-mouth to a zombie.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Standartenführer Herzog and his Nazi Zombies really don't care about how old or young the victims of their murderous rampages are.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Daniel thinks he is The Hero. He is more of The Smart Guy, though he is not a bad fighter, and survives the movie.