films seen
4
average score
3.37*
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Alive and kicking
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Solid pieces

Mortal

Torden
2020 / 104m - Norway
Fantasy, Mystery
3.5*/5.0*
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A breath of fresh air compared to Marvel's Thor. Rather than cheesy Hollywood fantasy Øvredal serves European urban fantasy. That might be a bit of a shock for some, as it's not quite as flashy and epic, instead we get a more grounded, grittier version of Thor's rebirth. I know what I prefer.

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Eric Bergland's trip to Norway turns out into a real disaster when his body starts to change. Anxiety triggers extreme responses, allowing Eric to set things on fire, spark electricity and even control the weather. Together with a friendly social worker he travels back to the place the changes set in, but the police is on their tails, and they're not very eager to let him just walk around unchecked.

The Norwegian setting leads the gritty color palette and muted soundtrack. The special effects are pretty decent, performances are well above average and the mystery is pretty effective, even though it's pretty obvious where the film is headed. Øvredal created something pretty special, well recommended.

3.5*/5.0*
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark poster

An entertaining and skilfully made horror film that combines popular horror tropes with some inventive creature work and a good build-up of tension. With a young cast, some scary settings and a hefty budget director Øvredal made a horror flick that offers some very solid scares, but lacks that finishing touch to make it something truly special.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe

2016 / 86m - UK
Horror, Mystery, Thriller
3.5*/5.0*
The Autopsy of Jane Doe poster

The inoffensive

Trollhunter

Trolljegeren
2010 / 103m - Norway
Fantasy, Horror
3.0*/5.0*
Trollhunter poster