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THE NORTHMAN Final Trailer Brings Bloody Viking Merchandise

The director of The witch and Lighthouse is back, and this time he’s brought a blood-soaked Viking with him. Focus Features has released a new and final trailer for Robert Eggers The man from the north, which is slated to hit theaters next week and seeks to bring the filmmaker a bit more mainstream, albeit on his own terms. Let’s see what the man has cooked up for us this time, shall we?

As we can see, it’s far bigger than anything Eggers has done so far in his career. It also seems to be a little nicer for the general public, with a sort of Gladiator or The ghost hang in there, though it still looks heavily stylized and a bit less cut from the fabric of the typical mainstream blockbuster. The other thing to note here is that the trailer leans heavily on the critical acclaim the film has received so far. The film currently enjoys an 89% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes for all that it may be worth. It remains to be seen whether the public reacts or not.

While Eggers originally considered The man from the north as a $65 million “big but not too big” type epic, its budget bloated (partly due to the pandemic) and now comes with a pretty huge budget of $90 million. This means that he has to make a lot of money and has to really play like Gladiator to justify the expense. And while Eggers had great success with The witch, it was all relative, as his breakthrough feature debut grossed $40 million against a budget of $4 million. If it works, that could be good news for some great original ideas in the future. Fingers crossed on that forehead.

There’s also a lot of competition in theaters this month, with sonic the hedgehog 2 currently out, Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets arrive this weekend, and The unbearable weight of massive talent and The villains opening the same day as The man from the north. More, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is just around the corner on May 6th.

The film is described as “an action-packed epic that follows a young Viking prince on his quest to avenge the murder of his father.” It features a stacked, A-list cast led by Alexander Skarsgård (Godzilla vs. Kong) in the lead role, with Nicole Kidman (big little lies), Claes Bang (Dracula), Anya Taylor-Joy (Last night in Soho), Ethan Hawke (The black phone), Willem Dafoe (Lighthouse) and, curiously, Björk (A dancer in the night), completing the set.

The man from the north hits theaters April 22. Check out FANGORIA Volume 2 Number 15 (on newsstands soon) for an interview with director Robert Eggers.


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