Your Weekend Justice #42: Silver Shamrock

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And we’re back. Please note: this podcast, if you haven’t figured it out, is profane and not safe for consumption by children or animals. Or sentient creatures of any sort. You can’t say we didn’t warn you.

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Agenda:

  • The Rox Halloween Randomizer
  • The obligatory discussion about the obligatory Torchwood discussion
  • Leigh’s Canadian adventure
  • Tweet protection
  • Leigh, “nice girl”
  • Dead Snow
  • American Werewolf in London
  • Fun with slasher films
  • The truth about Canadian bacon
  • The truth about Curly Wurlys
  • UK candy vs. US candy
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Dead Snow (2009) – Movie Review

Dead Snow movie poster

Written by: Stig Frode Henriksen & Tommy Wirkola
Directed by: Tommy Wirkola
Starring: Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Lasse Valdal, Charlotte Frogner, Bjørn Sundquist

My Advice: Matinee for the genre fiends.

It’s a tale as old as the genre: young people just out for a good time stumble upon indescribable evil, and bad shit rains down upon them with extreme prejudice. In this case, though, a fun-in-the-snow vacation on a remote mountainside turns into a double dose of the evil, considering it’s not just zombies…but Nazi zombies.

You know, I could expound upon the plot some more in that first paragraph, but really, those two words–Nazi zombies–tell you pretty much everything you need to know. And the trailer does a good job of setting up the film’s sensibility: it’s a nice zombie confection with a smirking swirl. And the end result is basically a love letter to Sam Raimi’s first two Evil Dead films, with homages and shots taken directly from them. And despite the snippets of comedy seeming out of place, what’s in the right place is Wirkola’s heart, so it’s easier to forgive. Hard to say what might have fixed it, since this sort of material couldn’t stand up to a 100% straight-faced treatment.

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Stuff: Jesse Custer, Brought to You By Sam Mendes

Jesse Custer's lighter from Preacher

Some sites do nothing but regurgitate the contents of press releases and the main Hollywood press outlets at you all day long. We just do it once a day, maybe. If there’s enough stuff of interest. And we do it in one fell swoop so you can get on with your lives. Who loves ya, baby?

  • Sweet creeping Jesus. Preacher lives. Preacher lives fucking big time. John August (who wrote what is probably my favorite Tim Burton film, Big Fish) is going to scribe it. And Sam Mendes (Road to Perdition) will direct–this after a bit of will he or won’t he–and apparently he will. Although I am afraid since the synopsis Variety gives is it “centers on the preacher of a Texas town who is struggling to get by and is driven only by his strong moral sense. When the city is decimated by an otherworldly force, he embarks on a journey across the country to take on the evil.” If by “take on the evil” they mean “seek out God to find out why he’s abandoned his post,” then I’m good with that. But you know that won’t fly. Not in a feature film. August is apparently also scribing Dark Shadows at Warner Brothers, which I could have sworn I mentioned before.
  • Hell yes. Dead Snow got picked up stateside by IFC while at Sundance. Also, if you’re in Germany, Benelux, the UK and Canada, you’re in luck: it got sold there too. Should be out this year in the U.S. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go here. Source.
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    What Happens When You Remake “Oasis of the Zombies” and Set It on a Snow-Covered Mountain?

    Dead Snow

    You get Dead Snow. Or as Ken termed it, Das Evil Dead. Because “if it’s undead and bleeds, it leads,” it’s here now.

    Isn’t it funny how Creepy Old Guy Sent By The Writers to Foreshadow The Bad Shit is even creepier when he’s speaking German? I mean, he’s not speaking any lines that haven’t been riffed on a hundred times in similar films, but…man, it just sounds like The Really, Really Bad Shit when it comes across in that way.

    Do we have a release date stateside for this glorious mess?

    Thanks to Paul for being on zombie duty.