Review: Lyst

Does it live up to its gory hype? Lyst is Severin Eskeland’s second feature film, a rape-revenge psychological horror-thriller where alcohol, pills, blood and self destruction is fatally mixed. Lisa Rostorp is a famous novelist, living on her own somewhere in Norway. She has sold millions of books, appeared on national talkshows and are in…

Lyst on disc tomorrow

Norway’s first horror film in 2017, Lyst, is to be released on home video tomorrow. The discs are packed with extras and will be availabe all over Scandinavia. It’s safe to say that the Norwegian horror film wave as calmed down lately. This year, only one straight horror film has premiered in cinemas so far…

The Ash Lad preview

Few stories in Norwegian mythology and folk tales are more referenced, remembered and retold than the ones of the Ash Lad. Now for the first time, the Ash Lad has been adapted into a feature film.  For centuries, the Ash Lad, or Espen Ash Lad (Espen Askeladd), has been the hero in Norwegian folk tales, kept…

4K Thriller to be screened

Arguably the most well known Scandinavian exploitation film, Thriller will be screened from a new 4K print in attendance of star Christina Lindberg. But only in the US, and only at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, TX, and only on November 11th, and only once. If you make the effort of going there, you will…

Lyst preview

In cinemas tomorrow: Lyst, the new Norwegian horror film which has been hyped for its gore and gruesomeness. Will Severin Eskeland’s new film reinvigorate the Norwegian horror movie? The Norwegian horror film wave may have lost power and have become mere ripples, but tomorrow the feature film Lyst is trying to make a splash anyway.…

Watch Space Invasion in Lapland

If asked to name a few Swedish alien invasion movies, you’ll have an almost impossible task ahead of you. In general terms, they simply don’t exist. However, there is an exception. Space invasion in Lapland is the 1959 American-Swedish film that was ahead of its time. The alien invasion theme was a staple of 1950s film making in America,…

Hermit Monster Killer preview

Finally wriggling its way to audiences is the Swedish indie feature, Hermit: Monster Killer. After years in production, it might be the first of its kind in Sweden. Comedy and horror are combined in this low budget feature that has been in production and post since 2012. Inspired by both American genre films from the…

A God Without a Universe preview

Horror is a movie genre where the concept of pushing limits is possible and expected; maybe that’s why the Danish feature A God Without a Universe became a horror drama rather than just another bleak Scandinavian kitchen sink filler. Made on a shoestring budget of 60.000 DKK (around 8000 euros) and released in 2015, A…

Stompa’s ghosts

Twice each day, Hollywood producers are accused of having no imagination and threading the water with countless sequels and remakes. That trend is slightly less strong in the Nordic region, and has now reached a popular 1950s franchise; Stompa. But why is Stompa a topic in these pages? Most Norwegians of a certain age know…

Alena theatrical premiere

While “comic book movies” are staples of Hollywood entertainment, the same can not be said in Swedish pop culture. But today, one of the few Scandinavian comic book based movies comes out; the Swedish movie Alena, based on Kim W. Andersson’s graphic novel. Based on the award-winning graphic novel Alena by Kim W. Andersson, Alena premieres theatrically on…