*Archivist Note: I’m not entirely sure this is going to be a good movie. But I am intrigued by the trailer. You can’t really go wrong with Vikings, axes, blood and guts! I will be catching this if it ever comes to a theater near me. Warning: The trailer contains scenes of graphic violence and gore. It is not suitable for viewing at work. You may want to keep the kids away too.
IFC Films has unveiled a new trailer for the macabre Viking tale Valhalla Rising before its release in the states this month, and it definitely looks to be a gruesome scenic affair.
Valhalla Rising stars Mads Mikkelsen (the blood-crying villain from Casino Royale) as One-Eye, “a mute warrior of supernatural strength… forced to fight for his life and the amusement of his pagan slavers.” One-Eye manages to escape via the help of a young boy and eventually falls in with a band of Vikings as he is forced to “confront terrible fate in the quest for [his] freedom.”
Director Nicolas Winding Refn — best know for gritty, violent material like Bronson and The Pusher Trilogy — recently made headlines when he declared his personal interest in helming a Wonder Woman movie. Based off the footage in this trailer for his new film, Refn would certainly bring an eye for dark, uncouth visuals to that project — should he be given the opportunity, that is.