We are not sure about the actual horror content of the mini-series Hellfjord, but it has been described as “Twin Peaks on acid” and as a horror-comedy.
The 7-part mini-series, which was commissioned by Norwegian state broadcaster NRK, premieres tonight on NRK1. Here are the network’s two trailers for the series:
NRK promotes the series as both “horror-comedy” and “surrealistic action comedy”, and the episodes has been directed by a number of interesting helmers, including Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow), Patrik Syversen (Manhunt and Prowl), Sebastian Dalén (Tomme Tønner), and Roar Uthaug (Cold Prey and Escape). The series is produced by the team who made Kill Buljo and Legend of the fjord witch but is better funded than those low budget indies.
Hellfjord is the story of the urban police officer Salmander – second generation Pakistani immigrant – who after somewhat accidentally killing his police horse in front of thousands of children gets relocated to the location farthest north in Norway; Hellfjord. The place is populated by simple-minded people keenly interested in keeping to themselves. But when Salmander scratches the surface, he discovers a secret that will turn Hellfjord upside down.
Starring are Norwegian comedian Zahid Ali, Dead Snow‘s Stig Frode Henriksen, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (Cold Prey), Pihla Viitala (Harpoon and Hansel And Gretel), and Thomas Hanzon (Wallander). The budget for a total of 210 minutes of TV is 2.8 million dollars and the show airs Tuesdays on NRK.