Snow Day, Bloody Snow Day
By: Devon B. on December 1, 2005  |  Comments ()  |  Bookmark and Share
Director: Faye Hoerauf & Jessica Baxter
Starring: Justin Alley, Ben Dunn, Zach Adair, Tim Tate, Robert Boitor, Andy McCone
Screenplay: Faye Hoerauf & Jessica Baxter Music: Dave Pellicciaro, Patrick Kaliski
Tagline: When there's snow room in hell...
Country: USA
Year: 2005
Snow Day, Bloody Snow Day is a 13-minute short film about the apocalypse that results in Seattle whenever snow falls. And then zombies attack.

The film opens with some newscasts discussing the mysterious white object falling from the sky. It's later confirmed to be snow, which causes panic, but even more panic ensues when zombies spring up and start attacking people. A few comic book nerds (I'm assuming, because one is wearing a shirt advertising a largish Seattle comic book store) are watching the occurrences on TV when a stranger shows up at their door. He convinces them that they must stop the zombies, so that's what they set about doing.

Snow Day, Bloody Snow Day is a shot on video short that was handled with more competence than you might expect. While the gore is kept sparse, presumably because it couldn't be done as effectively as the rest of the film, the zombie make up is not bad at all. It's simple, but works.

The best thing about the movie is the chaos that happens pre-zombies. It's a dead-on satire of the virtual panic that can ensue in Seattle whenever snow arrives. I'd like to say that it's because we don't get a lot of snow in that area, but there's some virtually every year. On top of that, for a state that gets a lot of rain (kind of like America's answer to Tasmania), the drivers also can't handle that. In fact, unless it's brilliantly clear, expect people to be nervous, unprepared, and slow on the road. Is it any wonder that it is the third worst traffic in the U.S.?

Snow Day, Bloody Snow Day is very tongue in cheek, and is entertaining, though there are a few moments where the humour fails. The script has some good ideas, but sometimes the execution isn't as hilarious as to be hoped. Overall, it's so quick paced and silly it would be pretty hard to dislike it, but it also made me a bit homesick, so maybe my enjoyment owes heavily to nostalgia.

Purchase Snow Day Bloody Snow Day from Tangent Productions.
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