The Forlorn Hope

I stumbled across this on Youtube the other day: The Forlorn Hope, a 40-minute movie by Swedish company Matchlock Film that received an Honorable Mention for Best Period Film at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in 2009.  Following the Battle of Breitenfeld in 1631, a group of Swedish soldiers separated from their unit encounter a mysterious figure, who recruits them for a secret mission…   I was really excited to check this out, considering both the general dearth of TYW adventure and the tale’s parallels with my concept for Twilight: 1634.  The plot was fairly predictable, but it was entertaining nonetheless.  Great costumes and armaments, with details like the smoking matches that were nice touches.  Not too keen on the dreadlocks and some of the anachronistic subtitling (“Bummer?”), but they’re minor quibbles that don’t really detract from the work as a whole.  It would have been nice to have a more “period” sounding score, but the music was pretty good all the same — eerie, atmospheric, fairly minimal.  Check it out…

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