Santa and the elves aren’t so cuddly in these Nordic Christmas horror gems

(left) A young boy named Pietari (Onni Tommila) battles a mythic/demonic Santa in <em>Rare Exports: Christmas Tale</em>. (right) A young girl named Josefine (Sonia Steen) befriends a strange woodland creature and upsets the delicate balance of a remote island in <em>Elves</em>.

Enlarge / (left) A younger boy named Pietari (Onni Tommila) battles a mythic/demonic Santa in Uncommon Exports: Christmas Story. (proper) A younger woman named Josefine (Sonia Steen) befriends a wierd woodland creature and upsets the fragile steadiness of a distant island in Elves. (credit score: Oscilloscope Labs/Netflix/Sean Carroll)

Western Christmas custom facilities on the jolly determine of Santa Claus and his workshop manned by adorably cheery elves on the North Pole. Fantasy is dominated by figures like J.R.R. Tolkien’s majestic elves within the Lord of the Rings trilogy, impressed by Previous English poetry.  However there are different, darker incarnations of elvish creatures in folklore from around the globe.

In case you’re within the temper for one thing a bit completely different on your vacation leisure this weekend, I extremely suggest a Christmas double function drawing inspiration from Nordic folklore:  Elves, a brand new Danish collection that debuted on Netflix final month, and a pleasant 2010 Finnish movie referred to as Uncommon Exports: A Christmas Story (2010).

(Some spoilers under however no main reveals.)

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