Screen Rant puts The Valhalla Murders on its "10 hugely underrated 2020 Netflix Original Series" list , writing: "For the most part, The Valhalla Murders is pretty procedural with its typical whodunit premise. However, by keeping its conflicts taut, its characters grounded, and its cinematography top-notch, the show rises above most other run-of-the-mill cop noir shows."
Very honored and happy to see that the BBC puts The Valhalla Murders on its "Best TV shows of 2020" list, with other great shows and favorites like Schitt's Creek, Pen15, Dark, Devs, and I may Destroy You. They write: "With its lingering dramatic shots of desolate Iceland, atmospheric soundtrack and dark themes, this eight-part Nordic-noir is perfect for winter bingeing." The full list can be read here .
The Valhalla Murders is on The Spectator's Life list for the best European shows to watch on Netflix, with such fantastic series as Babylon Berlin , Caliphate , Dark, Money Heist and more: "...the eight-part series weaves in enough clever procedural twists to have fans of the genre keenly watching every move." The full list is here .
Renowned philosopher Slavoj Zizek was a guest at the popular podcast Red Scare, and had this to say: “I think serious civilization is defined by two things: That you have good detective writers, and good TV series. That’s why Iceland, Reykjavík, and so on, I love them, my favorite place almost in the world. They have now The Valhalla Murders , and so on, excellent TV miniseries.” The full interview can be watched here . He starts talking about Iceland and The Valhalla murders on minute 1:28:15.
The website Broadcast collects viewer statistics in the UK and published this article a few days ago. According to it, The Valhalla Murders achieved BBC4's best Saturday drama result in two years: "BBC4's Icelandic Drama The Valhalla Murders began on Saturday night with 800,100/4% at 9pm - the highest BBC4 drama of the week and the channel's best Saturday night drama rating in at least two years."
Liam Hamilton, who writes regularly on British TV ratings, revealed that 800.000 people watched the two first episodes of The Valhalla Murders last Saturday night. A fantastic start to our series in the UK!
The i gives The Valhalla Murders 4-stars in its review, writing: "It feels like ages since we’ve been treated to a nicely chilled slab of Nordic Noir. And for those who enjoy their murders bloody, landscapes windswept and brooding and knitwear low-key stylish, The Valhalla Murders ticked all the boxes." The full review can be read here .
The Financial Times gives The Valhalla Murders 4 stars in its review, mentioning "hypnotic shots and tinkling dread", stating: "A wry and warm detective keeps the chilblains at bay in this frosty Icelandic thriller about a serial killer." The full review can be read here .
Canvas , the Belgian television channel of the Flemish public broadcasting organisation VRT, started showing The Valhalla Murders last week, and it became the most viewed program on the channel. You can read more about it here .
The Valhalla Murders will premiere on BBC4 Saturday 21st November at 21:00. Two episodes will be shown each Saturday, 4 nights in total until Christmas. It's an honor to be shown at that time, since series like Borgen , The Bridge , and The Killing were shown at the same time on the same channel
Spectator Life, the lifestyle magazine from The Spectator, put together a list of the best Scandi Noir to watch this winter, and The Valhalla Murders is on it, along with some of my favorites, likes Bordertown and Caliphate . The full list can be read here .
The Icelandic Film Centre has granted my movie project Dimmuborgir ( Dark Cities ) the first screenwriting grant. The project is based on my own novel, which I published in April, and I highly look forward to developing the story further.
The news about the new TV show I'm working on is out and I did two interviews, but they're both in Icelandic. It's a Danish TV show, which I'm writing with fellow-Icelandic writer from The Valhalla Murders , Mikael Torfason . I can't really say much about the project at this stage, except that it's being produced by two-time Academy Award winner Kim Magnusson , and helping us with the story is renowned film maker Achim Von Borries ( Babylon Berlin , Goodbye Lenin ). The Icelandic interviews are here and here .
Her World, the popular, best-selling women's magazine in Singapore, puts The Valhalla Murders on its list of best detective and crime shows to watch, along with such classics as Broadchurch and True Detective. The full list is here .
I'm currently working on a new TV series, but I can't really say a lot about it, except that it's Danish and produced by an Oscar-winning producer. I'm writing it with another writer and developing the story it with a German director of a much beloved series. Our series takes place in Denmark and Greenland, at different time periods. I hope to be able to bring you more news about this exciting project later on.
The Cinemaholic made a list of TV shows like Marcella and puts The Valhalla Murders on it, where it's with great shows - some of my favorites - like Broadchurch , The Fall , and Happy Valley . The list is here .
The Sydney Morning Herald gives The Valhalla Murders a very favorable review today: " The Valhalla Murders is enthralling stuff, the contrasting grit and gleam of the interiors and exteriors – and even of the actors themselves – weaving a visual spell of its own. But series creator Thordur Palsson knows how to set a fuse for a slow burn." You can read it here .
Renowned travel magazine Travel and Leisure puts The Valhalla Murders on its 13 Scandinavian binge-worthy TV shows, writing: "The first Icelandic series to appear on Netflix, The Valhalla Murders shows viewers all around this island nation — on the trail of a killer. After a series of seemingly unrelated murders around the country, a detective returns home from his post in Oslo to help investigate. What happens next takes him from Reykjavik to the harbor to the wilderness along the Ring Road, and is based (loosely) on real events that occurred in rural Iceland in the 1940s." Read the full list here .
The Golden Globes website recommends The Valhalla Murders , in an article about Nordic Noir shows, concluding: "While the series may start out slowly, it rewards your patience with the tension that builds with each episode." You can read it here .
Arts Atlanta recommends The Valhalla Murders, writing: " From Iceland comes The Valhalla Murders (eight episodes), the twisty tale of Reykjavik police detective Kata (Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir) who investigates a string of mutilations and murders of middle-aged and older people who worked at a 1980s school for boys with a dark history." Adding: "As in the best of these things (think the UK’s Prime Suspect or Happy Valley ), what’s as interesting as the whodunit is the professional gender politics and home-life pressures our lead inspector must navigate." You can read it here .
Glamour Magazine UK recommends The Valhalla Murders, writing: "Need some new crime drama in your life? The Valhalla Murders has answered your prayers. This brand new series focuses on police officer Arnar, who is sent home to Iceland from Oslo to investigate the country’s first-ever serial killer case. We are expecting grit, gore and a load of 'hide behind the cushion' moments." You can read it here .
According to TV Time, the tracking platform for TV and movies on iOS, Android, and web, The Valhalla Murders is one of the most binged limited/mini-series of 2020 so far, putting the show in number 13. The list is here . Very cool.
The Valhalla Murders gets a nice review in Ámbito, the Argentinian newspaper, calling the series a "powerful Icelandic police show", concluding : " Not suitable for overly sensitive viewers, but fans of a strong, gore-filled thriller will be grateful."
I did a small interview about life in Barcelona during the quarantine, and also why my wife and me love and live in the city, which is usually so vibrant and alive. It's in Icelandic and can be read here .
Mystery Productions ( The Valhalla Murders , Prisoners , etc) has bought the film rights to my new novel. I'll be writing the adaptation myself and have already started working on it, with director/producer Davíð Óskar Ólafsson attached to direct. The news was announced in this interview I did the other day in Fréttablaðið , Iceland's biggest newspaper.
Vice Magazine (US) recommends The Valhalla Murders as an escapism during these strange times, writing : "I didn't mean to watch The Valhalla Murders in one single Netflix binge. The eight-episode Icelandic police drama was intense , though, and having to focus on English subtitles meant that I couldn't refresh any of the terrifying coronavirus maps that Safari has added to my phone's Frequently Visited section."
CLEO Magazine (Singapore) puts The Valhalla Murders on its list of best detective and crime dramas to binge-watch right now, saying: "Not only is this a thrilling crime drama that will hook you in from the start, it is also worth watching for the gorgeous scenery of Iceland. Except beautiful landscapes of wintry landscapes and sprawling mountains that serve as the perfect backdrop to this dark and brooding mystery."
Here's a nice review about The Valhalla Murders from Romania, which says: " As the story progresses - increasingly complex - dark secrets from the characters' past begin to surface, making each episode more and more thrilling." Adding: "In the end, the action takes a totally unexpected turn, revealing corruption, abuses and the chain of lies woven around the authorities, of those who had to fight, in fact, for the safety and the good of the people, the denouement sending me thinking about a movie, very good, with a similar theme: Spotlight ."
Here's a nice review I came across on a Greek website, which summarizes: " The Valhalla Murders, Netflix's excellent mystery series. The unfolds masterfully, without semantic gaps, chatter and exaggeration."
The cinema critic for Veja , the leading weekly publication in Brazil, recommends The Valhalla Murders , simply stating: "Have you thought about watching a series from Iceland? Not? The time has come!" You can read it here . It's in Portuguese.
ABC, Australia's national broadcaster, gives The Valhalla Murders a very favorable review on its radio station, saying that it "respects its audience, and delivers a gruesome mystery with a strong female lead." Saying that the cinematography is "done with such richness ... absolutely beautiful to look at" and praising the music as well, concluding: "After the second episode, I was completely and utterly engaged". You can listen to it here , from the beginning to around minute 15.
The large Indian newspaper The Hindu published a very favorable review about The Valhalla Murders, calling it a "compelling watch" and "a thrilling, slow-burn mystery that is filmed beautifully". The review concludes: " The Valhalla Murders is a taut, thrilling journey into the welfare-state-forged manacles of the mind."