The Reel Review
When four longtime companions mark the tragic death of a friend by hiking in the remote forests of Northern Sweden, they find themselves in an increasingly terrifying Norse mythology camping nightmare, complete with a spooky cabin, Druid witchcraft, inexplicable animal mutilations and the discovery of personal effects from long-missing campers. Uh oh!
Director David Bruckner (V/H/S) uses solid performances by Rafe Spall (Prometheus) and Rob James-Collier (Downton Abbey), a creepy score, and some pretty realistic visual effects to amp up the tension in this Netflix original story about the effects of terror on human decision-making. Let’s just say it doesn’t go well.
Unfortunately, the gripping first half devolves into a corny but still entertaining monster movie in the second half, with the unveiling of the ancient Norse monster as a more equine variation of South Park’s ManBearPig – super weird but hey, at least it is creatively fun.