Thale is a 2012 Norwegian film directed and writen by Aleksander Nordaas, starring Silje Reinåmo, Erlend Nervold and Jon Sigve Skard. It is based on the legend of the the Huldra – a seductive forest creature found in Scandinavian folklore (her name derives from a root meaning “covered” or “secret”).
Two crimes scene cleaners discover a mythical tailed, female creature in a concealed cellar. She never utters a word, unable to tell her tale herself, but the pieces of the puzzle soon come together; she’s been held captive for decades for reasons soon to surface. Someone is approaching from outside. They want her back…
Director (and more or less everything else) Aleksander Nordaas makes the most of his low budget, keeping the film claustrophobic – even the outdoor shots seem oppressive and sinister – and allows the story to develop as a character piece before providing a suitably violent finale. It’s a skilfully handled story, and leaves enough untold for us to fill in the gaps ourselves. Only some ropey CGI, thankfully kept to a minimum, lets the visual feel of the story down.”
David Flint, MOVIES and MANIA
“Loosely based on Norwegian mythology, Nordaas has crafted a smart, stylish little film with minimal resources and a talented cast and crew. Granted it’s probably not saying much, since I not a big fan of modern, remake/plagerism-intensive horror filmmaking, but so far this is a strong contender for Best Horror Movie of 2012 in our annual recap.” Thomas T Sueyres, Video Junkie
“Although Nordaas does a competent job directing an ambitious low-budget indie creature feature with very little money, the laughable social commentary, failed boo scares and unbelievably cheesy ending make Thale a mediocre, yawn-worthy disappointment” Serena Whitney, Dread Central