Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead is director Tommy Wirkola’s follow up to beloved film Dead Snow. Initiates to the universe should be intimidated, however, as the first several minutes of the sequel gives an adrenaline fueled recap of the storyline.
All you’ll need to know is that Martin (Vegar Hoel) continues his battle with Colonel Herzog and his Nazi Zombies, but this time out he’s blessed (and cursed) with an invincible Zombie arm that kills everything in its path.
With the help of the U.S. based group known as the Zombie Squad (Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer, Ingrid Haas), Martin is on a mission to finally wipe Herzog off the face of the earth. Although he’s Nazi zombie killing is his main priority, Martin still has romantic designs on his skin-rotting, undead girlfriend (he accidentally killed her in the first film).
“It was really hard, because the script was so ambitious – based on the budget,” said Wirkola, who previously directed the feature Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. “We had a lot of fun on set, and it always helps when you enjoy working with the crew. It pushes you even further.”
In the audio clip below, Wirkola talks about the challenges of shooting in Iceland and why he’s passionate about using practical effects in his movies (Martin Starr can be heard in the background):
Dead Snow 2: Red Vs Dead is now playing in select theaters and is also available on VOD.