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"That's Where I'm a Viking!"

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | February 24, 2010 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | February 24, 2010 |

Valhalla Rising is a Danish Film that got some play in the European film festivals in the fall of last year and is looking at a wider release later this year. It’s in English, which is convenient for the majority of us lurking around these parts, but only serves to reinforce notions that the rest of the world should speak English. Mads Mikkelsen (now that’s a name), plays a mute one-eyed warrior with supernatural strength, who after escaping from the Scots holding him captive and making him fight for his life, accompanies a group of Christians on a crusade to the Holy Land. They get lost in symbolic supernatural fog and wacky ultraviolent hijinks ensue. Here’s the trailer:

There’s also an extended clip available that’s basically a series of cuts from the particularly brutal fight scenes in the film. There are decapitations, heads mounted on stakes, axes making pointed entreaties to skulls, spattering blood, a bit of brains for good measure, and a slowly executed disembowelment. So it gets swimming pool treatment: don’t go in if you’ve eaten in the last hour.

The sad bit about showing off the ultraviolence like so is that advance reviews that liked the film have talked more about the surreal mystery of the film, the violence adding extra layers to something delving into the potential madness of its characters.

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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