Thale (2012) – Film


#13 of the 31 days of horror challenge.  (These reviews will be more raw due to the nature of the challenge.)

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Two crime scene cleaners, Leo and Elvis, discover a hidden basement during a routine job.  Full of unusual equipment and recording of the man who lived there, they also find a lovely young woman hiding.  While waiting for assistance to arrive, they attempt to discover who she is… and what.

This indie Norwegian flick is based on the  Huldra,  a seductive forest creature found in Scandinavian folklore.  Although it claims to be a Fantasy/Horror, it is definitely more of a Fantasy than a Horror.

A haunting story (even though there were plot holes) with talented actors, especially  Silje Reinåmo, who plays the non-speaking title character.  Most of the information the audience learns is from the voice recordings found in the basement with Thale, which the characters continuously play.

Since the version I saw was dubbed into English, I’m going to presume that any dialogue issues were simply due to being lost in translation.

I didn’t think the CGI was that bad, I’ve seen worse in movies with a large budget.  There is, initially, a lot of gore, as the characters are being introduced, but not much after.  There is quite a bit of violence throughout the movie, much of it implied.

I gave this film 3 glasses of wine.  I found it enjoyable and engaging.

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