New Trailer for “The Northman” Will Get Your Blood Pumping

Robert Eggers has already made two strong horror films with evocative atmospheres and strong performances. But he's ready to level up with The Northman, which reportedly cost six times as much as The Witch and The Lighthouse combined. If you've already seen the excellent first trailer, which delves into the plot and mythology, you know what to expect. In contrast, this trailer is all primal energy and arresting images, with bloody bodies, burning building and bated breath.

Alexander Skarsgard stars as Amleth, a Viking warrior who mounts a revenge campaign against his uncle Fjolnir (Claes Bang), who murdered the king (Ethan Hawke) and stole the throne. The incredible supporting cast includes Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe and Anya Taylor-Joy. Filmed on location in Ireland, it already looks like a contender for a lot of technical awards next year.

The Northman opens April 22.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.