Andy Collier and Tor Mian’s Sacrifice is a Scandi-folk horror, which is obviously heavily inspired by Robin Hardy’s classic folk horror, The Wicker Man, Ari Aster’s recent Midsommar and the works of H.P. Lovecraft (he even gets a credit). It’s got plenty of atmosphere, but sadly it’s lacking in real scares and – if truth be told – it’s a little boring.
When his mother dies, Isaac (Ludovic Hughes) and pregnant wife, Emma (Sophie Stevens) return to the remote Norwegian village where he was born in order to sell his family home. After a bumpy start, Isaac soon begins to feel that he belongs in the village and he befriends the town’s quirky, but friendly policewoman (Barbara Crampton). However, Emma begins to see a darker side to Isaac and there’s also the matter of strange creature lurking in the lake offshore.
It’s well shot and features decent performances, but Sacrifice never really fully engages – except from a scenery chewing supporting turn from the mighty Barbara Crampton (who doesn’t get enough screen time). It’s a slow burner which feels meandering rather than deliberate and it doesn’t really get going until the last half hour. It’s got a good score and sound design though.
It’s worth a watch if you’re a horror completist, but sadly Sacrifice won’t do much for the uninitiated.