"Pathfinder", "Beowulf" are based on the lore of Norse heroes, while the "Thor" series combines mythology and superheroes.
The Vikings (1958)
The film is based on the novel The Viking by Edison Marshall. A literary work inspired by a famous Nordic epic about the hero Ragnar Lodbrok and his sons. The main character of the day of the dead film is the son of a Viking leader who has been lost since childhood. He became a slave, going through many challenges to assert himself and win the love of his life.
With a budget of $3.5 million, The Vikings grossed $7.6 million (about $68 million today after accounting for inflation). The film gathered the star cast of then including Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. The success of The Vikings led to the birth of the television series Tales of The Vikings, which was produced by Kirk Douglas' own company.
Norwegian film work based on an ancient legend of the Sami people - a people living in northern Europe since ancient times. The film is set in the year 1000, and revolves around a young man named Aigin - who becomes a brave warrior to avenge his village being murdered by the enemy.
In order to faithfully recreate the context, many scenes in Pathfinder were taken in cold conditions, sometimes down to -47 degrees Celsius. Most of the actors participating in the film are descendants of the Sami people - people with ability to withstand these cold conditions. Pathfinder made a big splash when it received a nomination for "Best Foreign Language Film" at the Oscars in 1988.
The 13 Warriors (1999)
In this film, star Antonio Banderas plays Ahmad - who was grim reaper banished from his homeland because he fell in love with the wife of a powerful figure. He was exiled to the North and had almost no chance to return to his homeland. Here, when the Viking village where Ahmad resides is attacked by the monster Wendol, he is chosen to become the 13th warrior in the army to destroy the monsters.
The 13 Warriors is based on the novel Eaters of the Dead by author Michael Crichton and the Norse legend of Beowulf. Initially, the film had a production budget of 85 million USD. But then, the reshoots of some scenes and the increased promotional costs cost the project up to 160 million USD. However, The 13 Warriors only grossed $61.7 million at the box office, leaving the studio with a heavy loss,