Thale, and the Huldra

28Jan12

Do not understand why the internet is so excited about the new trailer for Thale. I love mythology, Scandinavian film, and horror, especially combined. (Have I told you about my favorite horror movie of all time, Sauna? It’s gorgeous, go watch it right now.) But even though there’s not much to the teaser, it doesn’t look like a fresh new take on the story.

It looks like yet another movie about how women are evil and unknowable, especially beautiful women. Here’s what we can glean from the teaser: the Huldra is inhuman (has a tail), brutal (chopped tail off herself and is keeping it in the fridge, apparently, which is pretty terrifying), beautiful, and completely unsympathetic as a character. The one shot we get of her radiates “inhuman” and “probably going to kill you horribly.”

Okay, internet. Now explain to me why you’re excited, please. I don’t get it.

You know what could be a fantastic movie? This same movie with the Huldra humanized and sympathetic. So we’ve got a Norwegian horror film based on Norwegian mythology. Great start. Suppose you try for a poignant, haunting film that leaves the viewer terrified of the Huldra and yet a little bit in love with her. I know you, Norwegian film. You could rock that.

But instead we’re going to go with the “aah, watch out, beautiful women are evil and inhuman (sometimes literally)!”? Really, Norway?

Youtube turned up another trailer on the same story, this one an amateur student production. That one actually looks halfway interesting.

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4 Responses to “Thale, and the Huldra”

  1. 1 Ballira

    Actually, the huldra the movie is about is humanized. You are indeed left terrified of the huldra, yet a little in love with you. Her tail was chopped off by a man that had been with a secret military branch of science officers (from what I can make out, the subtitles I ended up with weren’t the best). The man had actually broken off from the military and stole the girl from them to try and save her, then raised her in secret. I’m not quite sure why he chopped off her tail but it had to do with protecting her. But after the man had been killed (I think they said ‘wild animals’?) A couple of cleaning guys come through to take care of the mess and end up finding the secret bunker where Thale is hidden. They even try to help her and end up in trouble themselves. Later, after seeing Thale be a terrifying force of nature capable of using a HORSESHOE as a weapon, ends up saving the two men that had been trying to help her.

    I won’t say much else about it, least I ruin anything more, but the trailers don’t really portray the film very well. I hope this at least rekindles your faith in the film. ^^;

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