Netflix’s roster of fantasy exhibits could be at risk of being canceled at any second, however the streaming service continues to go all-in in relation to authentic content material that leans closely into the mythological for inspiration. Chalk up one other winner for cinema’s most underrated subgenre, then, as a result of Viking Wolf is a certifiable smash hit.
As per FlixPatrol, director Stig Svendsen’s werewolf film has grow to be a High 10 debutant in a whopping 85 nations since being made accessible this previous Friday, and it’s snagged the primary spot in 22 of them to bolster its credentials as an prompt success. Benefiting from a restricted price range, the haunting horror leans into the tropes and trappings of lycanthropy, however manages to maintain its head above cliched waters.
Are there transformation scenes that hark again to An American Werewolf in London? A disbelieving small city group refusing to simply accept they’ve bought a beast of legend of their midst till it’s too late? A creature that may survive common bullets however be felled by a silver slug? And, most significantly, is there an eccentric outdated man clued up on the lore who warns everybody what’s about to occur?
The reply to all the above and extra is a powerful sure, which makes Viking Wolf (superior title, by the way in which) the perfect viewing expertise for anybody with a penchant for an entertaining-if-uninventive spin on a traditional. Alongside Troll, Norwegian fantasy is again in a giant manner, so let’s hope Netflix continues to mine the nation’s most formidable excessive ideas for the foreseeable future, as a result of it’s evidently reaping big dividends.