Since the turn of the Millennium, Scandinavian literature, ranging from the works of Jo Nesbø to Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy, as well as Scandinavian television, such as The Killing and Borgen, has been released to much critical acclaim in the English-speaking world. Despite this, the cinematic output of the three nations hasn’t attracted as much attention, despite the release of some excellent films since 2000.

The country of Norway, one of the three nations of Scandinavia (the other two being Denmark and Sweden) has been responsible for several of these films, and listed in this article are five productions comparable in quality to their Hollywood counterparts, much like the five German films featured in my previous article ‘5 Contemporary German Films Well Worth Watching, which can be found at http://whatculture.com/film/5-contemporary-german-films-worth-watching.php.

 

5. Død Snø (Dead Snow):

Year – 2009, Director – Tommy Wirkola, Starring – Charlotte Frogner, Ørjan Gamst, Vegar Hoel, Jeppe Laursen, Evy Kasseth Røsten, Jenny Skavlan, Bjørn Sundquist.

To most people, Nazi Zombies is a gameplay element from the Call of Duty series of videogames, in which players must survive as long as possible against undead hordes.

The concept was, however, also explored in Dead Snow, a 2009 film that combines comedy with the threat of a zombie attack in a vein similar to Shaun Of The Dead.

Though absurd in premise, the film remains enjoyable throughout, despite conforming to the familiar horror movie trope of placing a group of students in a remote location where they are soon picked off one by one.

The main characters are therefore somewhat bland, but their dullness is compensated by Orjan Gamst’s villain, Herzog, capable of coming across as either camp or creepy as he proceeds to steal every scene in which he appears.

Though it may not have won any awards and its acclaim may be lacking in comparison to some of the other films featured on this list, Dead Snow makes for highly watchable popcorn fare throughout its 90 minute run time.

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This article was first posted on December 12, 2012