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Better Dead than Red: "Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead" Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | September 16, 2014 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | September 16, 2014 |

Dead Snow was the best low budget movie featuring Nazi zombies to come out for at least the last decade, maybe even two. It wasn’t great by any stretch, but sometimes the premise is all you need. And Nazi zombies is a wonderful premise.

Now we’ve got a sequel, which picks up right where the last one left off, and it seems to have really embraced the humor angle this time instead of even trying for a bit of seriousness. So the Nazi zombies are back. And this time they have tanks. That they use for blowing up joggers with baby strollers. And Russian Red Army zombies from the second World War - ahem, the Great Patriotic War - are fighting them.

Oh, there’s an obligatory plot summary too, I’ll graciously allow you to have that:

They’re not just zombies. They’re Nazi zombies. And there’s a lot of them. On the orders of a rotten Führer, the zombies from Dead Snow return to settle old German scores. In the continuation of the epic splatterfest 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.

Here’s the trailer:

Two things. It’s cute that they’re comparing themselves to Shaun of the Dead. I don’t believe for a second this will be in the same ballpark. But I like that they’re shooting for that tongue-in-cheek galaxy, even as a lesser star.

Second, Martin Starr should be in everything. So there’s that.

The film was already released in Norway, but they have withheld it from us until now on account of being jealous of the fact that our winters don’t last eleven months. Theatrical release is October 10th.

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.