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Dead Snow

What could be worse than zombies? Nazi zombies!

In Tommy Wirkola's horror comedy, these undead baddies have taken up residence in the Norwegian mountains. The film follows the genre's classic set-ups and execution: A group of students from the city hike to a remote cabin to enjoy a weekend boozing and goofing off, only to be systemically picked off by hungry, zombified Nazis still angry about their treatment during World War II. Yet despite its dusty origins, Dead Snow feels fresh and fun. Wirkola's flick is full self-referencing nods to the genre's conventions, it's well filmed and the action moves at a brisk clip. Also notable is the setting: The scenery -- all those pristine, wintry alpine vistas -- is gorgeous, and soon enough, gore-geous. (Loose entrails really stand out in the fresh snow.) Then there's the novelty of seeing heads roll while people are shrieking in another language. Regardless, for a decent blast of B-movie zombie mayhem, this is a winner. In Norwegian, with subtitles. Mon., Oct. 5, through Thu., Oct. 8. Harris

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