'Viking Wolf' Review: Classic werewolf tale served with a dark and thrilling Norwegian twist
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: The much-awaited movie from Norway, 'Viking Wolf', dropped on Netflix, and we got done watching as soon as it did. And just bear with us because we have a lot of theories and many things to talk about. First, let's just get all the basic details out the way. The cast of the movie is simple and concise. There isn't much crowding when it comes to story-telling, it's pretty neat and straight-forward, which is something that stands out in all of the Norwegian movies.
The cast comprises some of the best Norwegian actors, who are known to have bagged many awards for their work in many known movies and shows. Some of them are Arthur Hakalahti, Liv Mjönes, and Elli Rhiannon Müller Osborne.
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The movie starts with a picturesque view of Nybo, Norway where a police officer has just moved in with her family. The scene cuts to her daughter Thale, who is settling in her new school, and in the process of making new friends, gets invited to a party at the lake.
Sneakily, she walks out of the house and to the lake. A short while later, she breaks away from the main group to get a bit of space in the woods. Suddenly, she hears a noise and witnesses a scary sight. Two of her friends are talking some distance away from her, and in an instant get attacked by something really big and are badly injured and covered in blood. As she rushes to help them, Thale is attacked and bitten by the same unseen creature. The creature then drags one of her friends into the woods and mangles her to death. When the cops show up to investigate the incident, it appears to them that the attack is done by a rabid wolf, but little do they know that it's something much darker and sinister that's lurking in the woods. And now that it has bitten Thale, she is looking at an uncertain future ahead of her.
Here's why you should watch 'Viking Wolf'?
Directed and co-written by Stig Svendsen, 'Viking Wolf' (aka 'Vikingulven') is a Norwegian teen horror movie which centres around werewolf mythology. If you're a fan of werewolves, then you must surely check out 'Viking Wolf' on Netflix. The movie checks out all the boxes for a perfect horror movie. While the movie is surely well-made, it doesn't quite stand out as something extraordinary done in the horror genre. Along with a pretty decent script, the movie also features some great cinematography, good performance, and great color tones.
Also, the last 25-minutes of the movie gets hit with a big splash of adrenaline as it creates excitement and curiosity. During the climax, the movie leans a little into CGI to create a creature that looks real and has an intense faceoff. The best part of the werewolf and the script was that the creature wasn't shown much in the start of the movie; which created an intense need to see it, and just as we were over it, the werewolf was presented to us almost in the end.
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Although, the script was nothing out of ordinary, it still had some great twists that will surely going keep your mind running. There are many movies that have taken the old twist of the existence of werewolves and created many movies out of it. 'An American Werewolf in London' (1981) and 'Dog Soldiers' (2002), to name a few. All in all, the movie has done a great job in delivering a thrilling story. The acting is great and the cast has done great work in making their characters seem real.
'Viking Wolf' is available on Netflix. Go and watch, if you haven't already!