In premise, "Dead Snow" is a pretty standard horror flick. A group of young adults embark on what appears to be an exciting weekend in a secluded mountain cabin. Of course, things go awry and they find themselves being brutally murdered by cursed Nazi-zombies. Pretty much the same outline as thousands of b-movie horrors before. Thankfully, "Dead Snow" doesn't take itself too seriously, and as one can tell from the clip, it has some pretty spectacular gore.
Heads are cleaved, limbs are separated via chainsaw, and some Nazi-zombies feel the wrath of the hammer and sickle once again, literally this time. The violence is so frequent and gore so gaudy that it becomes inconsequential. You're not shocked by the eviscerations or head bashings, or do you ever feel for the victim. It becomes purely a comedic tool as you laugh at the absurdity that unfolds before you. Even when the victim is one of the young adults, you hardly feel for him as the pure absurdity of his demise is what distracts you, and oddly enough invokes laughter
I cant say I've ever laughed harder at a something this gruesome.
Obviously "Dead Snow" amps up the violence for this particular reason and it works, but is it really right? Is it okay to use violence that in real life would be devastating, and use it as a means of entertainment and laughs. It's probably in bad taste, but is it right? Harkening back to the gladiators of Rome, it seems man has always had a taste for blood. Now in this "civilized" age we my kill less frequently, but our appetites are satiated through film and other means.
If you thought the last clip too gross, skip this.