Valhalla Rising (2009)
Mads Mikkelsen's prosthetic eye is modeled on the one that Kirk Douglas wore in The Vikings.
The title Valhalla Rising is an homage to two Kenneth Anger films: Scorpio Rising and Lucifer Rising.
The shot of One-Eye reaching for his axe in the foreground while the general and his sin stand in the background mimics the shoot of Angel-Eyes reaching for his gun with Blondie in the background.
In an interview Nicolas Winding Refn (who is a big fan and a personal friend of Alejandro Jodorowsky) confirmed that El topo was one of his biggest influences for Valhalla Rising. Both films are conceived by their directors as projections of acid trips.
The title Valhalla Rising is an homage to two Kenneth Anger films: Lucifer Rising and Scorpio Rising.
Poster on office wall.
this episode's topic
Mentioned by Margaret Pomeranz in a review of Drive as another movie directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.
"...and we see some guy who apparently wandered off the set of Valhalla Rising..."
In Q&A Nicolas Winding Refn said that One Eye from Valhalla Rising is returning in Only God Forgives, but in a new reincarnation. He hinted that it might be Chang.
Refn's film is discussed and featured.