Nazi zombies? Oh, yes! The setup is simple enough: a group of eight Norwegian medical students are headed to a remote cabin in the mountains for some R&R over their Easter break, seven of them travelling by car while the eighth opts for a lengthy cross country hike. The seven pass the time waiting for their final friend in typical fashion - beer, sledding and flirtation - until tension over her failure to arrive on time begins to creep in and the mood finally tips over the edge thanks to a mysterious stranger who arrives with a local tale of Nazi torture, stolen treasure, and a squad of missing soldiers. Cue the carnage.
The producers of Dead Snow have enabled the creation of Norwegian Ninja, which is actually, amazingly, sort of based on a true story. In real life Arne Trehold was a Norwegian diplomat exiled after being convicted of working for the Soviets during the Cold War. In the film, he’s not a spy, but a patriotic, heroic leader of a ninja clan.
The Troll Hunter
A trio of student film makers striking out to the remote parts of Norway on assignment. Their task: Find and question the illegal poacher roaming the region taking down bears - a closely regulated animal population - as he goes. With the help of local hunters they track the man down, a solitary soul named Hans who roams the countryside in his battered landrover and pungent trailer. But once they finally get Hans to talk what they find is not at all what they expect. Because, you see, while Hans is indeed a hunter - and one who works resolutely off the books - bears are not his quarry. No, the bears are a cover up. Hans' real targets are trolls. Real trolls. Enormous brutes who roam the forests and mountains of the far north of Norway, their existence carefully covered up by a secret government agency.
This is the story of a young boy 1000 years ago who finds himself fighting alone against the killers of his mother, father and little sister. It's part epic legend on a small scale and part coming-of-age. Whatever you choose to call it, Pathfinder is an exciting and moving tale. The story is set in the northern-most reaches of what is now Norway amongst the nomadic family groups of the Sami, who hunt and herd reindeer. The landscape is beautiful, but harsh and frigid.