Thale is a film that has been created in a very simple way, it has a very small budget and an even smaller cast and crew. The film has been written, directed, produced and filmed by the same man, Aleksander Nordaas, a Norwegian filmmaker. The film has a very small cast and most of the movie was filmed in the basement of Nordaas’ father’s home.
The film deals with a lot of different concepts such as ancient folklore and supernatural beings. Despite having such a small budget movie it has a certain Hollywood feel about it and it is likely to satisfy most people who enjoy Hollywood horror films.
One of the reasons the film is so good is because the actors are so involved with it. You really get the feeling that they are into their roles and enjoying the script.The special effects are also very well done for the amount of money they had to spend, and the soundtrack is exceptional at increasing the suspense. There are some scenes in the film which simply don’t work and a lot of these are to do with the emotional development of the characters, and while these are not great, they don’t detract from the movie that much.
The film was premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival and it was introduced by Lewis Black. He mentioned how pleased he was to see an independent Norwegian film being met by so much acclaim, he also mentioned that he was rather surprised by it. However, in recent years several Norwegian horror films have been met with international recognition.
Thale works pretty well as an mystery horror film but is badly flawed in some areas. It makes the most of the budget etc and does the best it can, and while it may not be a mainstream hit, it will certainly have its fans.