In January, 2009, the Nazi-zombie-horror-splatter-comedy Dead Snow took the world by surprise. The Sundance Film Festival screened it in their Midnight Madness section, and not less than a month later distributors from over 90 countries across the globe had bought the film for distribution.
At home - in Norway – 140,000 people took to the theaters, and screamed in both horror and laughter at the events taking place on the screen. The premise was simple: a group of friends hiking in the mountains manages to wake up a battalion of German soldiers. Dead soldiers, that is. Zombies. Nazi Zombies...
Mayhem ensued, as mayhem always does. Mayhem so funny and bloody that SpikeTV later that year nominated it for 4 Scream awards, among them being MOST MEMORABLE MUTILATION and BEST HORROR MOVIE, and Rolling Stone magazine put it on their list of the 10 BEST ZOMBIE MOVIES EVER MADE.
It also rocketed our director Tommy
Wirkola straight into Hollywood, and in January of this year, his first American
& Gretel; Witch Hunters premiered-
and went on to gross over 225 million dollars worldwide.
So, yeah – Dead Snow left its bloody mark on the world.
JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE TO GO OUT INTO THE SNOW AGAIN...Here's the pitch:
So. We'll deliver one (1) epic Nazi zombie splatter comedy to you all. And if you'd like to help us out in making it even epicer, zombier and splatterer – check out the list of perks to your immediate right. Imagine the possibilities: you could very well end up getting your girlfriend a birthday greeting from a bunch of Nazi zombies? If that doesn't seal the deal, nothing will. Unless of course, you take her to Iceland, and you both get to be zombies in the movie? Or, hey – when's the last time you took her to an official blood-red carpet movie premiere?
And the story is about to get even better. Everyone who saw the first movie, will know that Martin, the sole survivor of the group, made it back to civilization and, presumably, safety. Except... Except he received this little token of his girlfriend Hannah's love. Which is all Colonel Herzog, that stickler for Teutonic detail, needs in order to get all that gold he and his troops were collecting for his beloved Fürher.
Thus, the sequel picks up from the instant the first movie left off. And since we don't have to bother setting up the story this time around, the mayhem may commence immediately. Everything you loved about the first movie, you'll get more of this time around, in what we've called Dead Snow: Red vs Dead. A lot more. To quote AC/DC; if you want blood, we've got it. And gore. And laughs.
But in order to deliver on this unholy promise to make the ass-kickingest blood-wrenchingly-funniest, most disgusting and utterly inappropriate Nazi zombie movie of all time, we need your help. Yes – you, there.
OUR EVIL PLAN FOR WORLD DOMINATION
Our ambitions far outpace our funds. Nothing new about that; it's how the first movie got made. And, hell – we're already shooting in Iceland as we speak. But this time around, we've got something special in mind for the grand finale, something so wicked and cool that we figured we'd ask our beloved fans to chip in.
We've got hordes of Nazi Zombies to kill off, ideally in the most imaginative and creative ways possible. We've got a vintage Tiger Tank, shipped into the Iceland interior, ready to do battle. What we need is funding for more actors & victims, and then for more special effects to, uh, work them over. We've teamed up with people who've worked on big-time stuff like Men in Black, Fantastic Four and Looper, and our own VFX team is made up of veterans from productions from Total Recall to Prometheus and The Lone Ranger. Oh, and we've reconnected with the mad scientists that gave the world Iron Sky. Let's just say, these guys all know what they're doing. And they're not charging us Bruckheimer fees – but it's still not cheap.
THE VILLAIN PLEDGE
True to form, we're funding this up until the very last minute of the last day of shooting. Blood is being spilled every day – but time's a'wasting, amigos!
We're so fired up over here that we'd like to THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU out there for the contribution you are about to make to cinema history. It makes a difference, and size does matter.
Think of it as giving blood!
The Dead Snow; Red vs Dead-team