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Friday, December 3, 2021

TV Show Review: Elves (Netflix)

TV Show Review: Elves (Netflix)
AKA Nisser
November 28, 2021
Creator: Stefan Jaworski
Series Directed by Roni Ezra
Stars: Sonja Sofie Engberg Steen, Milo Campanale, Vivelill Søgaard Holm, Lila Nobel, Peder Thomas Pedersen, Ann Eleonora Jørgensen, Rasmus Hammerich, Lukas Løkken.
Genre: Folklore horror, dark fantasy, Danish, Scandinavian TV show, Young Adult TV show
Production Company: Netflix
Running Time: Season 1, six episodes
Official Website: Watch Elves | Netflix Official Site
A Christmas vacation turns into a nightmare for a teenager and her family when they discover an ancient menace that stalks their island getaway.

A mother and father decided that for Christmas this year they would take their kids on a family vacation by renting a house on an island. The problem is, this island has an electrified metal fence around some forest with a locked gate that keeps something deadly inside. This was done by the inhabitants of the island who only opened it occasionally put a cow inside as a sacrifice.

It was obvious to me that this was folklore horror. There is a sacrifice and a family that usually goes their own way for Christmas decides to come to the island instead. I still couldn’t understand why the islanders had put a stop to this, or even make sure no outsider comes to their island. But it was a plot hole to me. 

Anyway, the episodes went fast—only six, and there was a lot of potential to really make this scary, but it wasn’t. No explanation for the elves or why the islanders keep sacrificing cattle to keep the peace of the land. I think it could have been better with more episodes and a backstory to explain all of this. This should be on Santa’s naughty list for not delivering a good present for binge-watchers.

If you want to watch folklore horror, try Midsomner, The Wicker Man (the 1973 one!), The Witch, The Ritual (which I saw on Netflix before and it is set in a Swedish forest), and much more. For Christmas horror, try Krampus, Gremlins, Black Christmas (1974), and Rare Exports, a Christmas Story. Plus there are more out there.

I gave Elves 2 ½ sheep.

Reviewed by Pamela K. Kinney

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