Horror movies aren't all just about jump scares, and thankfully genre has recently been evolving thanks to films like Oculus and It Follows exploring different concepts and storylines. Case in point: Thelma. Directed by Joachim Trier (Louder Than Bombs), the movie centers around Thelma, a young woman from a religious family who moves to Oslo to start college. Unfortunately for her, she experiences a violent seizure.
Shortly after waking up, she meets a beautiful student whom she feels attracted to, but the budding relationship is disrupted by the continuous seizures, and she discovers her health woes are actually symptoms of supernatural abilities. The film premiered during the Norwegian International Film Festival last month, and now it's getting a U.S. release.
To prepare American audiences for its arrival, the film's production company has released a fascinating trailer. It's a peculiar mix of #horror and science fiction, so check it out:
Wow. I won't lie, if it weren't for the aforementioned synopsis, I'd have no idea what the movie is about. However, that's a great approach, because it makes the temptation to see that movie all the more appealing as a chance to uncover some answers.
Thelma has been receiving some positive critical buzz since it was screened at the Norwegian International Film Festival. In fact, this is Norway's submission for the 90th Academy Awards in the Foreign Language Film category. Of their decision, the Norwegian Oscar committee stated:
"'Thelma' confirms that Trier is a unique and style-safe film artist of a broad and international format. The film has become an all-embraced, ambitious and personal drama about a young woman’s awakening and detachment."
Foreign films don't usually get mainstream releases, so I'm glad to see #Thelma garnering this kind of attention. The film stars Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Ellen Dorrit Petersen and Henrik Rafaelsen. If you're curious to check out this new horror adventure, the film will be released in theaters on November 10.
How creeped out were you by the trailer for Thelma? Let me know in the comments!