‘Post Mortem: No One Dies in Skarnes’ Review: A Twisted Vampire Story

Post Mortem: No One Dies in Skarnes A Twisted Vampire Story

On Netflix, there is a Norwegian series called Post Mortem: No One Dies in Skarnes. It includes thrillers, comedies, and dramas, among other genres. Oh, and it’s also a fresh take on the traditional vampire tale. This series from Norway is a true gem.

Post Mortem: No One Dies in Skarnes is a new Norwegian Netflix original series. Season 1 contains only six episodes with a runtime of roughly 45 minutes, so binge-watching isn’t tricky. Yes, you will most likely want to watch this one quickly. It’s addictive from the first scene, and episodes frequently end on cliffhangers.

There’s also some subtle humor that brings it all home. The basic plot is simply a vampire story with a twist. Although there are no teeth visible, the desire for blood is strong. Also, those enhanced senses might be a significant issue if you suddenly find yourself surrounded by folks eating loudly.

Please continue reading below for my review of Post Mortem: No One Dies in Skarnes. For this review, I watched all six episodes from season one.

The first episode of this series begins with the body of a young woman. Amid a field near a tiny Norwegian town, she is discovered. Is it possible that this was a natural death? Is she even alive? No, it turns out that’s not the case. She awakens on the autopsy table, a scalpel firmly embedded in her ribcage.

Post Mortem: No One Dies in Skarnes A Twisted Vampire Story

To get right to the point, if you’ve enjoyed past Norwegian Netflix offerings, you’ll enjoy this series. The delightfully odd Home for Christmas is set in a small community where everyone knows everyone else. Ragnarok similarly takes place in a small Norwegian town with mystical aspects.

Post Mortem, hopefully, will get more seasons, as was the case with the two Norwegian Netflix programs described earlier. In subsequent seasons, Post Mortem can undoubtedly be expanded upon. However, if that doesn’t happen, season 1 can stand alone and has a good ending.

Post Mortem: No One Dies in Skarnes (the latter part of the title is a repeated statement during the show) features a fantastic array of characters and talented actors. Kathrine Thorborg Johansen, who I recognized right away as the main character in Live, plays the main character. This is most likely due to her roles in the catastrophe film The Quake (2018) and the Netflix series Ragnarok.

The same can be said for Elias Holmen Sørensen, who plays her brother Odd (who will be familiar to Lilyhammer fans). Yes, that is his name, but he isn’t who he claims to be. He runs the funeral home that has been in his family for centuries, but he may not be able to keep it open due to financial difficulties. Why? Because, as we all know, no one dies in Skarnes (Odd is the one regularly making this complaint).

In Post Mortem: No One Dies in Skarnes, Elias Holmen Sørensen  is fantastic.

But I have to highlight Kim Fairchild, who plays police officer Judith and is fantastic. Seriously, this woman is a total knockout. Her facial expressions are hilarious on their own, but the sentences she gets to say are equally so. I’d love to see Kim Fairchild in more Norwegian Netflix productions, so I’m just putting that wish out into the universe right now!

Post Mortem: No One Dies in Skarnes is written by Peter Holmsen, with Sofia Lersol Lund and yvind Rune Stlen contributing to particular episodes. Both writers have previously worked on a variety of projects (including television series). Peter Holmsen, the show’s creator, also directed two episodes (the two final episodes of season 1).

The first four episodes were directed by Harald Zwart, a Dutch-Norwegian director with an impressive background. He also directed The 12th Man (2017), a war thriller set in Norway, as well as The Karate Kid (2010).

Post Mortem: No One Dies in Skarnes A Twisted Vampire Story

Peter Holmsen’s previous work has primarily consisted of short films, but he excels in this series. This may be due to prior familiarity with short films. They also have to present whole stories in a short amount of time, so all the unnecessary fat is removed. The same can be said for this series, which focuses on the characters.

That’s the most exciting aspect about Post Mortem: No One Dies in Skarnes. Although it is a thrilling vampire story about a woman who wakes up from the dead to realize that she now thirsts for blood, it also has some beautifully emotional moments and humor that will keep you entertained. The story flows beautifully and is frequently quite the opposite of what a typical vampire story might entail.  

This was one of my favorite aspects of Post Mortem: No One Dies in Skarnes. In most other vampire stories, the vampire is ecstatic about their newfound abilities. That isn’t the case here, though. Live is perplexed, terrified, and unsure of herself as a not-human. People perish as a result of her craving for blood. It’s not the ideal path for your life to take one lovely morning, as this character demonstrates.

Post Mortem: No One Dies in Skarnes is intriguing, disturbing, and sad all at the same time. There are moments of helplessness, laughter, and then a sense of impending doom. The series pulls the perfect punches, and if you can get past the “vampire” label and are looking for something a little different, this is the series for you.

Hopefully, Post Mortem will be a huge success, and we can look forward to more Netflix series from him in the near future.

On Netflix, you can watch Post Mortem: No One Dies in Skarnes.

SCORE: 5/10

  • Hrvoje Milakovic is co-owner of Fiction Horizon and a big cinephile. Apart from that, he likes to read comics, play games and collect action figures. He has been featured on LifeWire, Yahoo and IMDb, to name a few.