Martin Starr and Tommy Wirkola Talk DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD, Making a Bigger Movie, and the New World of HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS 2

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After a foray into the studio system for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, writer/director Tommy Wirkola returns to the indie franchise that he made his name with in Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead.  If you enjoyed the first film, you’ll love this one – it’s bigger and better in every way.  And if you’re unfamiliar with the franchise I’d still suggest giving this one a whirl, it’s got some seriously f*cked up moments that will make you gasp and cringe (hopefully with delight).

I recently hopped on the phone with Wirkola and Martin Starr (Knocked Up, Silicon Valley) to talk about the film, its increased scope, and the demanding shooting conditions Starr had to endure.  We also talk about the new direction Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 will be heading in.  Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead is currently in theaters and on VOD/iTunes.  Read Perri’s review and hit the jump for the interview.

Nazi Zombie Commander Herzog is Back in Exclusive DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD Poster

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You think Commander Herzog (Orjan Gamst) and his cohorts unleashed some outrageous and wonderfully grotesque brutality upon Martin (Vegar Hoel) and his buddies in the first Dead Snow?  Just wait until you see what Herzog is capable of with a bigger army in Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead.  In the sequel, Martin is back, and he’s got his arm back as well.  Trouble is, there’s a little mix-up at the hospital.  They never recover the arm Martin sawed off himself up on the mountain, but rather, they find Herzog’s severed arm in Martin’s car, so stick that one on him instead.

It’s a downright brilliant scenario that broadens the Dead Snow mythology in some of the greatest and goriest ways imaginable.  Get ready for some serious head-smashing and disemboweling because Herzog and co. are back in theaters on October 10th and with the release fast approaching, Collider’s got the honor of unveiling the latest Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead poster.  Click here to read my review of the film and hit the jump to check out that new artwork.


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There’s this one gag in Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead that keeps popping into my mind and making me giggle even days after seeing it.  The first film is a brilliant blend of camp and gross-out horror, but the sequel is above and beyond in almost every respect.  There’s more humor, more outrageous gore, more zombie genre mythology and just so many more priceless moments that you’ll want to run and tell your friends about.  In fact, on our way out of the screening, the group I was with couldn’t settle on a favorite one.  How can you possibly choose between using a zombie body for traction to get a car out of deep snow and blowing up baby carriages?

Sundance 2014 First Images from THE GUEST, COOTIES, DEAD SNOW; RED VS. DEAD, and THE BABADOOK

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The 2014 Sundance Film Festival is in the midst of unveiling its lineup, and today the festival announced the films that will be screening as part of the Park City at Midnight series.  We now have first-look images and synopses for a collection of said films:

  • The Guest – Directed by Adam Wingard; starring Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Leland Orser, Lance Reddick, Chase Williamson, and Brendan Meyer.
  • Cooties – Directed by Cary Murnion and Jonathan Millott; starring Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, and Nasim Pedrad.
  • Dead Snow; Red vs. Dead – Directed by Tomm Wirkola; starring Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Martin Starr, Ørjan Gamst, Ingrid Haas, and Jocelyn DeBoer.
  • The Babadook – Directed by Jennifer Kent; starring Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear.

Hit the jump to check out images and synopses for the aforementioned films.  The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th.

2014 Sundance Film Festival Lineup for Midnight, New Frontier, and Spotlight Includes Adam Wingard’s THE GUEST, DEAD SNOW, and More

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Yesterday, the Sundance Film Festival announced the lineup for the 2014 in-competition films.  Today, the fest has unveiled the list of films that will screen as part of the Park City and Midnight, Spotlight, New Frontier, and the new Sundance Kids categories.  The films include You’re Next director Adam Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett’s new film The Guest, director Tommy Wirkola’s Dead Snow; Red vs. Dead, director Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, director Richard Ayoade’s The Double, the Tom Hardy film Locke, and more.  Hit the jump to take a look at the full lineup.  The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th.

Director Tommy Wirkola Talk HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, More Violent Footage on the Blu-ray, Shooting in 3D, and DEAD SNOW Sequel

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Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters has had a troubled journey getting to screens. Originally slated to arrive in cinemas last year, the film was delayed for a year and underwent substantial editing changes.  According to the film’s director, Tommy Wirkola – this was all due to a dispute over the level of violence in the film – which is surprising considering just how very red and wet the movie being released this Friday actually is.  The reimagining of the classic Brothers Grimm tale cast Hansel and Gretel (Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton) as adults who have made it their lives work to hunt and kill the broom riding, child eating witches that almost ate them as children.  Head squashing, bodies torn limb from limb, and just good ol’ fashioned decapitation ensue.  So how much more violent could the original cut have been?

In the following interview with Wirkola, he discusses just how violent the film used to be and the scene that was just too much for test audiences.  He also talks about his affinity for blending horror with comedy, shooting the picture in 3D and his just-finished-written sequel to Dead Snow. For the full interview, hit the jump.

New NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD Poster from Phantom City Creative; Plus Alternate Versions of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN and DEAD SNOW

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A few months ago, we posted some badass posters from Phantom City Creative for Let the Right One In, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, Mulberry St., Dead Snow, and Repo: The Genetic Opera.  Phantom City has now alerted us to a sweet new poster they’ve done for George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead.  It’s a limited edition of 350, 11×17 signed and numbered, and printed on sundance felt tex 80 lb paper.  The cost for this great-looking piece of art?  $30 (plus shipping).  That’s a steal.

Phantom City Creative has also released alternate versions of their previously-released posters for Let the Right One In and Dead Snow.  Check out all the posters after the jump along with links to go buy them.

5 Awesome Posters for TADFF Movies including LET THE RIGHT ONE IN and BEHIND THE MASK

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Phantom City Creative has printed up five sweet posters celebrating films that have played over the past five years at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival.  Let the Right One In, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, Mulberry St., Dead Snow, and Repo: The Genetic Opera were all festival favorites and now each one has a sweet poster.  The posters are 11×17, limited to 66 each, and are hand-signed and numbered.  They’re available individually for $20 a pop or you can get the whole set for $85.

Hit the jump to check out all of the posters. Click here to go buy ‘em.

DEAD SNOW Viral Marketing – Take a Long Hard Look at MY ASS

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dead_snow_movie_image__5_.jpgThe PR folks behind the Nazi zombie flick “Dead Snow” have apparently gotten word that their film hasn’t been tracking very well – how else to explain their creation of the following “Dead Snow” promo video entitled simply “My Ass”.

Whipped up for the upcoming Norwegian DVD release of “Dead Snow”, the video features FHM model/columnist Lenni Meister and her… well, her ass.  Twitchfilm has posted the tongue in cheek video in advance of IFC’s limited US release of the film on June 19th.  Now, if you’re wondering what Ms. Meister’s ass has to do with promoting a Nazi zombie flick, you’ll just have to watch to find out.  Personally, I suspect her ass has anti-Semitic tendencies…

Take a long hard look at “My Ass” after the jump

New DEAD SNOW Trailer

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dead_snow_movie_image__7_.jpg“Dead Snow” is part of the “just add monsters” trend of movies so instead of a regular “World War II” flick, you have Nazi zombies.  And Nazi Zombies sounds very interesting on the surface.  It also plays into a nice metaphor of how mob mentality can push regular men towards brainless evil (and also how Jew brains are delicious and Kosher for Passover).  Sadly, I’ve heard only negatives about the film since its Sundance debut this past January.

While this new trailer is slightly similar to the ones we posted back last January, this one is A-OK by the MPAA even though there’s a ridiculous amount of gore and violence.  Just remember kids: naughty words and tits are bad but hacking someone to death is family fun for everyone!

Check out the trailer after the jump.  “Dead Snow” hits theatres on June 19th.

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