View Full Version : Viking Themed Movies

03-10-2013, 12:03 PM
Post the title, a brief description, and if you have one, a link to more information. I'll compile the list here:

The 13th Warrior

(From the box)Antonio Banderas, plays an exiled ambassador far from his homeland. Ahmed comes across a fierce band of warriors who are being attacked by ferocious creatures legendary for devouring all living things in their path! And when an old fortune-teller warns the combatants that they are doomed to failure without a 13th warrior, Ahmed is given no choice but to join their battle and help conquer the mysterious enemy! Suspenseful and endlessly exciting, this exhilarating hit is sure to thrill anyone who enjoys action on an epic scale!

Wikipedia (https://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&sqi=2&ved=0CEAQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FThe_13t h_Warrior&ei=l7w8UafOOOTVyQGItYGADg&usg=AFQjCNFIKacGZphFWjKFGqWuCLkVr4GphA)

Valhalla Rising

1000 AD, for years, One Eye, a mute warrior of supernatural strength, has been held prisoner by the Norse chieftain Barde. Aided by Are, a boy slave, One Eye slays his captor and together he and Are escape, beginning a journey into the heart of darkness. On their flight, One Eye and Are board a Viking vessel, but the ship is soon engulfed by an endless fog that clears only as the crew sights an unknown land. As the new world reveals its secrets and the Vikings confront their terrible and bloody fate, One Eye discovers his true self.
Written by Anonymous (IMDB)

Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valhalla_Rising_(film))

03-10-2013, 12:31 PM
Beowulf (2007)

(no-brainer, action, animation)


Set against the coming of Christianity, this is the story of the last hero: in 507, a monstrous troll wreaks havoc in the mead hall of the Danish king, Hrothgar. He offers rewards for the death of Grendel, so Beowulf, a great and boastful Geat warrior, arrives with his thanes. Beowulf sets aside his armor and awaits the monster; a fierce battle ensues that leads to Beowolf's entering the watery lair of Grendel's mother, where a devil's bargain awaits. Beowulf returns to Herot, the castle, and becomes king. Jump ahead many years, and the sins of the father are visited upon Beowulf and his kingdom. The hero must face his weakness and be heroic once again. Is the age of demons over?

Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beowulf_(2007_film))
IMDB (http://www.imdb.co.uk/title/tt0442933/)

03-10-2013, 05:26 PM
That's a good one. Keep them coming.

03-11-2013, 06:03 AM
Sadly there aint many good viking movies around :/ There are however a few regular/mediocre ones... like:

Outlander (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outlander_(film))

Pathfinder(the 2007 one) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pathfinder_(2007_film))

i don't recomend u any of them, they quite bad in my eyes, and not so much viking-related....

Of the ones previosly mentioned, "Beowulf" is a must watch ;) and the "13th Warrior" doesn't fells behind.... "Valhalla Rising" however was not that good, at least in my opinion, started watching it once and quit it, i might give it another try....

03-11-2013, 07:29 AM
Thanks for these, Yellow. I haven't seen either one. Valhalla rising is not for everyone. The main character is a mute and doesn't say much. :rolleyes: The audience is left to piece a lot of it together. I really enjoyed it.

03-11-2013, 09:20 AM
It is a comedy, but you have to include Erik the Viking. Definitely worth a watch if you enjoy Monty Python and the like.

"Erik the Viking gathers warriors from his village and sets out on a dangerous journey to Valhalla, to ask the gods to end the Age of Ragnorok and allow his people to see sunlight again. A Pythonesque satire of Viking life." (IMDB)

Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erik_the_Viking)

03-11-2013, 11:14 AM
I love Valhalla Rising, but it's definitely a very 'minimal' movie. Love that about it though. The 13th Warrior is fun, but nowhere near as good as the book. Highly recommend you guys check that out.

The Saga of Bjorn is a pretty awesome short animated film about a viking trying to die in battle to reach Valhalla.

The Secret of Kells is another animated one. It's amazing, though not really about vikings. They're the villains of the film, and it takes place during their raids in Ireland. Though they're portrayed as demon-like, I think it makes sense considering this is from the point of view of the Christians in Ireland who probably associated the vikings with demons or some other terrible pagan scourge. Anyway, it's a beautiful movie. Amazing animation.

I have not seen it yet, but I've heard the 1958 film The Vikings (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052365/) is a classic, and I'm definitely going to check it out soon. It's apparently one of the most historically accurate movies about vikings, but at the same time, it doesn't have much competition there, heh.

03-11-2013, 12:21 PM
Wow. Trailers have come a long way since 1958. I'm not sure I could handle the campy acting, etc.

The Secret of Kells is a great animated film. Saga of Bjorn was fun.


03-11-2013, 12:22 PM
It is a comedy, but you have to include Erik the Viking. Definitely worth a watch if you enjoy Monty Python and the like.

I can get that on netflix, but the reviews are pretty negative because it has been edited in some way. Any thoughts?


03-11-2013, 09:53 PM
Rook, I haven't seen the edited version, but sounds like they took out some of the more dragged out portions. Not sure that's a great idea, but I'd still give it a chance. Its a goofy movie, and has many of the Monty Python cast in it, If you enjoy that sort of movie, then its worth a shot, even in its edited form. Its not as good as the classic Python movies, but its a fun movie and you'll find some laughs there I'd wager.

03-12-2013, 09:19 PM
The new series Vikings from the History channel is a really Viking-icious scripted drama. It's online on the History channel website if you want to watch it.

03-14-2013, 06:20 AM
@brewtown - I will take a look at it then. Thank you.

@Kazthefirst - I will try to catch it online. I'm glad that's an option as we don't even have a tv. :eek:

03-23-2013, 11:05 AM
@ R00K @ Kazthefirst: Yeah, the series is quite fun to watch. There is a battle in episode four where the shield wall tactics of the vikings reminded me so much of The Banner Saga. Increasing the overall protection of the team, etc. They also used their axes to hook some of the opponents and drag them through the shield wall so that they could be teamed up on by the guys (and girls, one of the main characters is a kick ass shield maid) in the back. Kind of like an reverse Backbiter ability.

03-25-2013, 08:29 AM
How about How to Train Your Dragon (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0892769/)?

From IMDB: A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.

05-19-2013, 09:31 PM
I just want to echo Vikings from the history channel. Great stuff! :cool:

Here another to add a couple more to the list, but they aren't anything special.

The Long Ships (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057259/reference)

The book (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/438452.The_Long_Ships) is sooooo much better and I highly recommend reading it.

And another one that makes the previous look great - The Viking Sagas (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114851/reference)