- Actors: Jon Sigve Skard, Erlend Nervold, Silje Reinåmo, Morten Andresen, Roland Astrand
- Directors: Aleksander Nordaas
- Producers: Bendik Heggen Strønstad
- Format: PAL
- Language: Norwegian, Swedish
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: Unknown
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Metrodome Distribution
- DVD Release Date: 25 Mar. 2013
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00A6HL6UK
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,246 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Norwegian fantasy horror in which a pair of cleaners encounter a mythical creature in a basement. Leo (Jon Sigve Skard) and Elvis (Erlend Nervold) are used to the gruesome and macabre. As crime scene cleaners, they arrive after the police have done their work to remove the body and clean up the mess. They encounter the most surprising sight yet on one of their assignments when they discover Thale (Silje Reinåmo) in a basement. Struck by her almost supernatural beauty, they begin to associate Thale with huldras, alluring creatures from Norwegian folklore that lured men to their death. In spite of her apparent helplessness, will Thale lead Leo and Elvis to a similar fate?
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Except it's not told from that perspective at all. Instead it starts out like a fairly standard schlock-horror movie, with two young lads cleaning up crime scenes (and one of them losing his lunch at the sight and smell of the gore). They go to the next scene in a remote forest location... totally isolated... uncover a secret subterranean complex underneath an old cabin... inside which lurks...
Ah. Not telling. You've got to watch it to find out.
The story then shifts from predictable Hollywood axe-murder horror to something far more subtle and rewarding. There are some truly tense moments (the cassette recorder playback scene had me squeaking), and the odd splatter of violence. But there's also some subtly snarky humour, and some genuinely affecting moments of quiet human connection.
Thale doesn't overstay its welcome, so it's quite short. The visual effects are obviously low-budget and a bit hinky, but they suit the overall weird / freaky / oddness of it all (as does the foreign language dialogue: be aware that this is subtitled in English).
A totally unexpected gem of a B-movie.
In conclusion I would recommend this film to anyone who likes films that make you think and its a shame they had a small budget as I suspect the vision of this film could have been further explored and been even better. Having said that I am discovering I like low budget films here on Amazon.
Just watch it give it time to warm up this is a nice little mystery fantasy and it is so worth watching, you'll feel like you found a hidden Gem....hopefully!
I wont go through plot as amazon has already done it. Its clearly European I don't think we could produce such a magical film.
So well constructed inc characters and our female protagonist, wonderful acting, faultless film
It starts off pretty slow with 2 crime scene cleaners Leo, the stoic practical one and Elvis the more nervous type get a job to clear out a house deep in the woods. They find a basement full of long out of date canned stuff and the walls papered with clippings and diagrams as well as old electronic gear, a bath full of some milky fluid and an old cassette recorder. Then just when you wonder when something is going to happen, it does as Thale appears, naked and menacing.
Most of the movie revolves around the often amusing interplay of the two male leads and the unravelling of the story of Thale as they play the old recording and learn how she came to be in the old basement.
It's a reasonably short movie about 75 minutes and, although it takes a while to get going, once it starts it keeps up a reasonable pace and throws a decent curved ball with regards to the attack on the house.
Note that it is in Norwegian with English subtitles, if you can live with that and you don't expect another action packed Troll Hunter type movie then you may like it. It helped that I was in the correct mood when I watched it and was not expecting one of my usual low budget creature features. It will not be to everyone's taste however so there will be a few negative reviews.
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