Dead Snow (Død snø) (Tommy Wirkola, 2009)

This Norwegian film is a by-the-numbers isolated-cabin-in-the-woods yarn; a frenetic gore-fest dripping with glops of guts and grey matter; or a loving pastiche of Evil Dead 2 and the Dita Parlo section of Grand Illusion, depending on the moment when you stop marveling at the breathtakingly gorgeous (or should that be gorges?) cinematography that captures the majesty of peaks, the mystery of moonlight through bare trees, and the magic of flashlights skating over fresh snow. As with the characterization of its sextet of comely post-teen pre-medical students, we are given just enough to stay mildly interested with what’s happening on screen, but not enough to stay concerned.

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