View Full Version : Thale (2012)

11-14-2012, 09:26 PM

Watched this Norwegian horror/fantasy tonight. It's apparently based on folklore about Huldra, seductive female forest nymphs with animal tails. Two men working for a cleaning service that specializes in crime-scene and human waste clean-up, discover a lab beneath a cabin they're cleaning where it seems that the man whose remains they've been cleaning up may have been experimenting on a feral young woman...

Had pretty mixed feelings. On the one hand, I will always love seeing a horror movie that doesn't feel like a retread of things I've seen a million times -- and this definitely falls into that category. The performances were all quite good, the special effects were remarkable for how low a budget this film had, there's good character development, and the sound design does an excellent job of building up tension. Plus, there's a pretty, naked lady killing people and when is that not a good thing?

On the other hand (and this is something I rarely say about films), this really should have been longer. After a slow burn hour that cranks up the mystery and the tension the "action", such as it is, doesn't kick in until the final 15 minutes and feels very underdeveloped.

Had the script been given another draft and the runtime extended by 20-25 minutes this really could have been something great, I think. As it is, I'd say it's a lovely, interesting but deeply flawed film.

***I should note, that since there's no English-friendly release yet I had to watch this with subtitles that were apparently the product of machine translation. So thanks to that, the dialog heavy scenes were kind of hard to follow at times, and any quality to the writing was lost in mis-translation. I'll definitely be picking this one up if an English-friendly release comes out to see how it fares when properly translated.

Trailer: (Mildly NSFW)


Ian Jane
11-15-2012, 10:43 AM
Ummm.... that trailer looks pretty killer. Thanks for the heads up on this. Hadn't heard of it before. I'll wait for a proper English friendly release before taking the plunge but this definitely has my interest - and thanks for the write up!

Randy G
11-16-2012, 06:25 AM
I don't mind a slow burn and the trailer looks like fun.

Ian Jane
02-27-2013, 11:39 AM
From Fangoria (http://www.fangoria.com/index.php/home/all-news/1-latest-news/8648-trailer-release-dates-norwegian-fantasy-horror-qthaleq):

"THALE is coming from Xlrator Media's new Screamfest Label, named for Los Angeles' annual horror fest. Nordaas' pulls off a lot with his fairly intimate movie and creates a lovely, strange result. You can find THALE on VOD March 21, in select theaters April 5 and on DVD April 23."



Torstein Karlsen
03-04-2013, 05:27 PM
I wouldn't recommend Thale to anybody. It was fun for me to see the "Huldra" in a film, but it's very low budget and not very entertaining.

Ian Jane
04-04-2013, 09:17 AM
Bloody Disgusting posted an interview with the director this morning here (http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3226653/5-questions-with-thale-director-aleksander-nordaas/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter).

Ian Jane
05-10-2013, 10:15 AM
I guess this has done well enough that there's now an English language sequel in the works.

From Fangoria (http://www.fangoria.com/new/norwegian-creature-feature-thale-to-get-english-language-sequel/):

"Epic Pictures Group are teaming with writer/director Nordaas and Yesbox Productions on a follow-up to his lovely tale of two crime scene cleaners and the gentle Huldra named Thale they find and protect. While plot details weren’t revealed, Nordaas did say, “”Ever since we screened THALE in Toronto and released it in the US, there’s been a continuous stream of inquiries from fans, eager to know if there will ever be a sequel – and now, teaming up with Epic Pictures Group, we’re finally able to announce that yes, there will be! In English for an international audience. And let’s just say that this time, Thale will be facing some very different kind of animals.”"

George Barry
03-14-2016, 03:38 AM
I just watched Thale and quite enjoyed it. As an adult storybook movie, its slow, deliberate pace was fine with me. In fact, I think more action and sfx would have worked against its telling.