Noob Reviews: Cadaver
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Cadaver?
Cadaver is a recently released Netflix original Norwegian horror film that deals with aspects of social issue drama.
Set in the aftermath of a great disaster with people living in the ruins of the old world, we follow the tale of a family of three (Jacob, Leonora and their daughter Alice) who are slowly starving to death. That is until they come upon an offer too good to believe. For what little money they can spare, they can buy a ticket for dinner and a show at a nearby hotel’s charitable event to help those struggling outside of its grounds.
Not soon after meeting the hotel’s charismatic owner (Mathias) the family and other attendees who have taken up the offer of hot food and entertainment, sit down for a luxurious meal before dispersing to follow a series of actors acting out their own unique and thrilling roles across the hotel’s many floors. But are they just simple staged shows with mere actors? Or is there something more sinister lurking behind the walls and under the very foundations on which the attendees stand?
What type of genre is the film?
Cadaver is classed as a horror film.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- The official trailer linked from Netflix’s YouTube channel -
Alternatively, you can find the film’s listing on Netflix here.
When was Cadaver released?
Cadaver was released in October 2020.
How long is the film?
Cadaver is eighty-six minutes long.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of Cadaver?
What starts out like a scene from a great depression, with husband and wife Leonora and Jacob arguing over how best to care for their daughter Alice - as the little food they have begins to run out. Soon begins to escalate quickly as the family go to a local hotel for a meal and show after buying a ticket from a questionable looking vendor. And from here on the film (within the first ten minutes or so) gets overly predictable, slow-paced and dull.
Although I will avoid as many spoilers as possible, no doubt you will have picked up from the trailer that the main themes throughout are cannibalism and what lengths would you go to, dropped in a similar situation, to survive?
Unfortunately, the story is all over the place and never directly asks the question that would have made it thought-provoking and intriguing. And in my opinion, the film is also not really a horror. With little scares of any type, gore or even psychological aspects - it is more a drama or thriller at best. The acting was very mediocre with many actors and actresses only appearing to be able to form one facial expression between them. The lines were delivered for the most part without any conviction or emotion. And the tone of the actors’ and actresses’ voices might have well been trying to put you to sleep as opposed to stressing a sense of urgency or importance.
As the film progresses you can start to see what the writer and director had hoped to do, I think, with influences from Hostel and Chainsaw Massacre being felt. But instead of either leaning into the horror aspect. Or moving into the social issues of survival, family and loyalty - the film stays on the fence the entire time and never fully explores any specific aspect. Leaving you with many unanswered questions. And no real attachment to the victims of Mathias and his troupe.
Overall, a fascinating film in theory that was poorly executed and not really something I can rave about. It may be enjoyable to some and may appeal to the horror light fans out there. But for hardcore horror fans or cinema fans in general, this movie is something you can definitely skip without missing out.
What rating would you give Cadaver?
I would rate Cadaver as an abysmal 2 out of 5 bananas.
In all honesty, I went into Cadaver excited and hoping for the best but felt very underwhelmed and admittedly bored by the end. There was no challenge to predicting plot twists and events throughout the film, the cast lacked vitality, and in the end, this is a film that spreads itself too thinly across too many topics to delve into any of them to any significant effect. Although it may appeal to some, for the majority of viewers, I would say it were best to skip.
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in Cadaver and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion. You can check it out on Netflix here.