Rating: ** Threat: Ragnarök
Hyperion. Written by Willard Carroll based on a novella by Mark E. Rogers; Photographed by Mischa Suslov; Special effects by Max W. Anderson & John Eggett; Edited by Lynne Southerland; Music by David Newman; Produced by Harold E. Gould Jr. & Thomas Wilhoute; Directed by Willard Carroll. 105 minutes.
Peter Riegert (Capt. Gregory Fanducci, New York City homicide detective); Joan Severance (Marla Stewart, an artist); Tim Ryan (Dr. Sam Stewart, her husband and an archaeologist); Mitchell Laurence (Martin Almquist, museum director possessed by Fenrir); Dawan Scott (Fenrir, wolf creature from Norse mythology); Alexander Godunov (Sigvaldson the clockmaker, actually Tyr, a Norse god); William Hickey (Lars Hagström, eccentric scholar of mythology); Donald Hotton (Ask Franaq, Norse scholar); Chris Young (Jacob, his grandson); Lawrence Tierney (Richardson, New York City police chief); Erika Schickel (Angela, Martin's assistant); Bill Kalmenson (Lester, art critic); Arthur Malet (Stoddard, medieval art expert and curator); John Hobson (Marotta, museum guard); Anthony Cistaro (detective); Merilyn Carney (Tawny, museum patron); Greg Wrangler (Bob, museum patron); Ed Corbett (janitor); William Utay (Truck driver who delivers the runestone); Sam Menning (wino killed by Fenrir); Gil Perez (Alberto, mugger killed by Fenrir); Gary Lahti (Sanders); Ralph Monaco (cabbie); Peter Bigler (Harris, policeman); Richard Moliware (Pulaski, policeman); Rick Marzan (Strange, policeman); Kim Delgado (Reynolds, policeman); Joshua Cox (Crossley, policeman); Vanessa Easton (nurse who tends Stewart); Carl Parker (elevator operator); Matthew Boyett (Tyr's apprentice); David Newman (Graves); Josef Rainer, Christopher Holder, Susan Lentini, Kelly Miller (Magnussen board members and their wives); Carol Hickey, Lisa Dinkins (bespectacled guests at fundraiser); Eben Ham, Layne Beamer (policemen summoned to the museum).
A basic knowledge of Norse mythology helps to raise this artful, but confusing, horror film from the level of an offbeat werewolf film to a modern-day setting of Ragnarök, the Norse doomsday. A brief mythological primer is helpful to decifer the plot. Odin, the foremost of the gods, is alarmed when his sometime adversary, Loki the trickster, sires three monstrous offspring. The worst is Fenrir, a monstrous wolf who grows more dangerous each day. Only one god, Tyr, is brave enough to confront Fenrir, and he imprisons him with magic, los-