Film: 3 out of 5 stars
“Thale” is a very unique Norwegian fantasy/horror film. The focus of the film is the folklore myth that is mythical character of ‘huldra’, which is a beautiful (and quite naked woman in the film) who lives in the deep in the woods and has a cow tail. I have to admit, I am sucker for another in either the fantasy or the horror genre. The story lacks any major twist or heavy horror aspects for me personally. It also barely runs 80 minutes but captures your attention throughout. If for nothing else I would watch this just for Silje Reinåmo. She is a sight to look at for sure.
Official Premise: wo crime-scene cleaners discover a mythical, tailed female creature in a concealed cellar. She never utters a word, unable to tell her story, but the pieces of the puzzle soon come together: she’s been held captive for decades for reasons soon to surface.
The cinematography in the film is quite impressive and handled by the director Aleksander Nordaas. In fact he also server as the writer, producer and editor for the film. I think he has real potential and I am looking forward to what his next project is. The film is the Norweigan language and that is the only way to watch it. The English dub is absolutely terrible and makes this film a comedy. I would prefer this film on Blu-ray since it has that fantasy feel and I am sure it will complement Nordaas’ film quite more. In terms of special features, there is nothing here on this DVD. This is disappointing since I would have loved to see some visual effects featurettes or commentary tracks.