COLONEL HERZOG by William Blankenship

In Dead Snow (2009), Colonel Herzog and his undead troops behave much like mummies.  They are preserved in ice, and they just want their gold back.  They also may not even be contagious, as no one killed in the movie comes back as a zombie.  But they’re called zombies by name throughout the film, so they’re zombies enough for us.

Other Nazi zombie movies include Shock Waves (1977) and Zombie Lake (1981), both of which involve ghouls rising from bodies of water to terrorize the living.  Check out this illustration of Herzog by William Blankenship.


  1. I really didn’t enjoy dead snow. It lacked a good storyline and of course the special effects were awful. It just was an excuse for a hot babe and a fat guy to get it on at the start of the movie and soon to result in great peril. Planet terrors love scene was the only one I respected, not meaning to be a boring nun and all.

  2. They actually were not zombies, nor were they ghouls. They were revenants. I guess all zombies are revenants to some degree, but these guys rose with a purpose and they were pissed, which is what makes the difference.

    I’d be curious to see what the German version of the film’s back matter reads. Do they use the term zombie in German?

  3. I can probably say without exaggeration that Dead Snow contained more linear feet of intestinal screen time than any other film I have ever seen. That, along with a fabulous mid-winter outhouse lovemaking scene, puts this film near the top of my list. I just watched Shock Waves two weeks ago and…no. Just no. Who would possibly have thought that a movie from the 70’s about underwater Nazi zombies off the coast of Florida starring David Carradine and Peter Cushing could be so bad?

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