Norwegians Are Scared of Trolls, and Other Horror Flicks

WHERE THE AMERICAN HORROR GENRE VEERS FROM EXORCISMS TO ZOMBIES TO GHOSTS TO ALIENS, it seems Norwegian horror flicks have a strong leaning towards trolls. Not those uglyass dolls people play bingo with. Like weird creatures that live on the woods. Lord of the Rings-style scary.

When Norwegians aren’t messing with their trolls, they’re scared of huldras–ladies of the forest. Who sport cow tails. Thing is, even without exorcists or space ships, these folklore-y movies are legitimately spooky.

Here are a few worth checking out.

1. SKJULT (HIDDEN) 

I have no idea how you pronounce this film’s title. Directed by Pal Oie, the story’s about a dude named Kai Koss who relives some bad memories after he inherits his deceased mother’s house. But are they memories? Or is it all really happening?

2. COLD PREY

Directed by Roar Uthaug, Cold Prey focuses on a group of snowboarders stranded in a deserted hotel who are being watched by a “mysterious figure”. Maybe there’s some getting buried alive in the snow action going on. Bonus: If you dig, there’s a whole franchise of these films, so you can marathon these back-to-back.

3. THE TROLL HUNTER

André Øvredal’s flick may be the best known horror film out of Norway these days–and it was recently relesased on Netflix. The handheld mockumentary follows a group of kids through the countryside as they hunt trolls. Yeah, trolls. They’re not the cutesy kind.

4. THALE 

Forget vampires for half a sec. Aleksander Nordaas’ picture is about a huldra–a seductive lady forest spirit. The huldra reward those who do them, but kill those who can’t. And sometimes they steal babies. Largely effects-free, Thale is def creepy times.

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