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They'll eat my feet,
They'll eat my head,
I'm just a meal
for the walking dead.
 
Dolores, singing.[1]

Zombies in the Snow was a movie directed by Gustav Sebald

Known Plot

The zombies rise out of the snowbanks surrounding a tiny Alphine fishing village. The town fathers construct a barrier of sturdy oak,[2] but Young Rölf refuses to go behind it, unafraid of the zombies and wanting to build a snowman. Gerta joins him, saying that she wants to befriend the zombies instead of fighting them. The two of them are cast out, only for the zombies to chomp through the wooden barrier anyway.[1]

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Gerta succeeds in making friends with the zombies and asks them to please stop eating the villagers. They agree, and they all celebrate May Day together.[2]

At some point, there was a forest scene, a sled chase scene, and a scene where the townspeople try to stab the zombies with icicles growing on the fishing cannery.[1]

Reception

Lemony Snicket called it a "wonderful film,"[2], but it was panned by multiple critics;[1][3] Lena Pukalie calls it a "strange film" with awkward dialogue.[1]

Behind the Scenes

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Like all of the other Gustav Sebald films, Zombies in the Snow was written in order to pass along a secret message to other VFD members.

In this case, it contains at least one instance of Sebald Code, in an attempt to communicate with Monty Montgomery in the audience; the message read:

Attention! Hidden in the snowman is a survivor of the fire. Meet us in the town where this film takes place. Bring the three children. Your new assistant is not one of us. Beware!

This was presumably a message to tell him that Stephano was an enemy, and to bring the Baudelaires to the set. However, as Monty did not know the Sebald Code, he never received the message.

Budget problems in production resulted in ceramic deer having to be used instead of real ones.

The survivor was hidden inside a large snowman, built for the film, and remained there until they realized the message had not been received.[1]

Netflix Series Divergent Canon

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The set.

In the TV series adaptation, the secret message in Sebald Code can be seen with a V.F.D. spyglass, with the dials set to 2264 (22=V, 6=F, 4=D). Every time the V.F.D. eye insignia appears in the top right corner of the screen and a beep is heard, one can view the secret message with the spyglass. The coded message is hidden in the subtitles of the movie.

The code in the TV series adaptation is unknown. The message was: "Hello Monty. Danger! Take the children to the S.S. Prospero to Peru."

The movie appears to be poorly produced, which might indicate that the filming process was understandably frantic on V.F.D.'a part. Both Gustav and Jacquelyn Scieszka were in the movie as Rölf and Gerta respectively. In this version, Rölf seems to almost die, but appears again at the end of the film. He is also considerably older and more concerned about the village children.

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