‘Elves’: The New Danish Horror Series You Must Watch If You Hate Christmas

Halfway between Gremlins, the legend of the Krampus and a series of murky fantasies about the celebration, the show is a little surprise. Perhaps, it is more ambitious than effective, but it leaves no doubt that it is also a singular journey through the symbolic ones. What hides the snow, the garlands and pine trees? Elves it reveals it immediately because its purpose is not the mystery, but to extol the evil.

As strange as it may sound Elves It is not a historical review, but uses the common elements of Christmas to narrate something more somber. The nonexistent Danish island Aarmand is a snowy and timeless landscape. The script takes special care to look at the fictional from a gloomy angle. But beyond that, there is also a subtext of ironic mockery that holds up the story firmly. The endless landscape of this place that may or may not exist is also a fearsome fantasy. A direct questioning of what makes real – or not – what we believe or celebrate.

In fact, Elves bases most of its premise on subverting the idea of ​​the smiling little creatures that literature and cinema immortalized. In contrast and from its first scene, the series runs through a disturbing idea. What if everything you assume fictional ends up being real? Beyond that, the show questions the very fact of Christmas. And he does it without great metaphorical speeches or breaking down the idea of ​​the celebration. The program is a grotesque deformation of reality, terror turned into a violent little satire.

Elves, snow, pines and blood

Elves he plays with expectations and does it well. From a very explicit opening scene about how the script wishes to show its horrors, the story moves quickly. It is not by chance that the first vision of whatever lurks on the island, is invisible or rather, that it goes unnoticed. The plot takes special care to build a version about evil and the disturbing, on a small scale. But not for that reason is it less dangerous and lethal. AND It is the first chapter which makes it clear that there is much more to the snow And in the Christmas carols of what might be supposed.