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Aug 25, 2021
NETFLIX Post-Mortem: No One Dies in Skarnes is a new Netflix Original series from Norway released on August 25. Produced by Motion Blur, this six-part series blends Nordic noir and the vampire horror genre together with an unsettling dose of dark humor. Live Hallangen (Kathrine Thorborg Johansen) is found dead in the middle of a field in Skarnes, Norway. She is declared dead by the police, but hours later she suddenly wakes up on the forensic table—every coroner’s nightmare. Her brother Odd (Elias Holmsen Sørensen), who works at the only funeral parlor in town, is relieved. Live, however, has woken up with a dark insatiable hunger, and her eyes appear to glow a strange fluorescent green. While she tries to control her new dangerous and lethal urges, Odd tries to keep the family business afloat in a small Norwegian town where no one dies. Directed by Harald Zwart and Petter Holmsen, who also wrote the script, Post-Mortem is an odd sort of series (and I mean that in a good way). Don’t be fooled by its seemingly light-hearted dark humor—as if to point out the absurdity of the whole situation—this is a brutal series about vampires. Judith (Kim Fairchild) and Reinert (Andrée Sørum) in 'Post-Mortem' on Netflix NETFLIX Post-Mortem opens in a field where Live’s body is found by the local police, Judith (Kim Fairchild) and Reinert (Andrée Sørum). Finding a dead body is clearly a very rare occurrence in Skarnes, as the two officers stand over the dead body discussing what they should do. The two argue whether an autopsy should be made of Live’s body. Reinert, who knows Live from school, points out that “natural death” does not seem possible. Judith thinks it would cost too much for their small budget. They call the local funeral parlor, run by Live’s family, to come pick up her body. This opening sequence sets the tone for the rest of the series. The two officers are faced with a preposterous situation. This is a small village where death and even murder, let alone the idea of killer vampires, is an absurd concept—even though Reinert seems excited to finally have the opportunity to solve a murder. MORE FOR YOU After Live wakes up on the autopsy table, she soon no longer feels quite herself. She has insomnia, and her senses are heightened, enabling her to hear someone’s pulse or people’s conversation from another room. And there is this uncontrollable thirst for blood. Going through her parents’ old things, Live finds tapes in which her mother describes a similar insatiable thirst for blood. Live is, however, a nurse, and is thus fighting with her new urges. While the series has a seemingly lighthearted dark humor, it does also have some moments of brutal violence—a contrast that may shock some viewers. Nevertheless, Post-Mortem offers a refreshing take on the vampire genre. Elias Holmsen Sørensen as Live's brother Odd in 'Post-Mortem: No One Dies in Skarnes' on Netflix NETFLIX Post-Mortem resonates with many other series. It opens like a Nordic noir murder mystery, but ends up being much more supernatural, echoing the style of the French series Black Spot (Zone Blanche), especially in its use of the music and its small-town setting. The banjo music here emphasizes the absurdity of the situation Live finds herself in. The series also feels like a strange mix between Six Feet Under and True Blood (without all the sex scenes), in the way that it parallels Live’s struggle with her brother Odd’s difficulty in keeping the funeral parlor business going. Post-Mortem is a great horror series, that takes a refreshing look at the genre. The series, however, ends rather abruptly. It would be interesting to see where this story goes in a second season, as this first season feels so far introductory.