Thelma vs Amanda

The critically acclaimed supernatural thriller Thelma has been nominated to 12 Amanda awards, the Norwegian Oscar. That happened in spite of the director’s threat to boycott the award show. Last year, Joachim Trier’s supernatural Thelma became one of the most applauded Norwegian genre movies in recent times. The film was part of the official selection at…

Blomstertid preview

What is even rarer than a Swedish science fiction movie? A Swedish disaster movie. Den blomstertid nu kommer suggests what happens if Swedish infrastructure and society are attacked by a hostile force. The film title actually refers to a Swedish summertime hymn, traditionally credited to Israel Kolmodin, a Lutheran priest. The origin of the hymn…

The xstream stream

The latest addition to the Nordic horror scene is Xstream, the SVOD service that specializes in horror films. -Horror never goes out of style, the company says. The Nordic region’s first horror film (subscription) on-demand video service launched a few days ago. Based in Sweden and available only to Nordic customers, Xstream uses the technology…

Sarah slashes sickos

From the land that practically created the rape-revenge film genre comes Sargad, which is also Sweden’s newest horror film. Producer-writer-actor Sarah Giercksky explains the film’s background and its relation to #MeToo. Probably for as long as there have been men and women on this planet, disturbed minds have abused the innocent, and it was often the men…

Win Sargad now

This is your chance to win the limited edition DVD of Sweden’s newest horror film, Sargad. Watch as Elina employs a huge, pointy gardening tool in her quest for justice for the men who were stupid enough to attack her and her family. Debuting at festivals in 2017, Sargad is about a young woman, Elina,…

Dead World preview

It’s a dead world when Ed Wood meets The walking dead in the first in a series of ultra-low budget splatter short films from the bowels of Western Norway. Having been in production for years (since 2010, in fact) we first reported on Dead World in 2012. Now, after years in post-production, the first episode…

Border preview

It has been 10 years since a John Ajvide Lindqvist story was transferred to the big screen. The author of Let the right one in co-wrote the screenplay to the new feature Border where trolls and mysticism meets realism. In 2008, Let the right one in became a massive global hit. Not only did the…

The Rain preview

Now showing is the new Danish TV drama The Rain, set in a post-apocalyptic Scandinavia where a virus killed most of the inhabitants. Premiering on Netflix today on May the 4th, The Rain was filmed in Denmark and Sweden from June 2017 and a few weeks into the summer, and is Netflix’s first original Danish…

It came from the desert preview

It came from Finland – to invade you! It Came From the Desert is the latest schlock retro horror comedy from the country that brought you evil Santas and killer bunnies. Some horror movie concepts are traditional, some are original, and then there are the crazy-ass twisted ones. It Came From the Desert belongs in the latter category,…

Sargad preview

Sargad is the low budget Swedish indie horror that follows in the footsteps of genre classics that deal with revenge in a variety of ways. “Sargad” means “wounded”, which is exactly what the film is about. From the land that practically created the rape-revenge film genre comes Sargad (available for pre-order on DVD since February).…

The most popular posts

The blog you are reading was launched 8 years ago, and is still the only blog/website dedicated to sci-fi, horror and fantasy films from the Nordic region. What are the most popular items we have posted? Since our first post in September 2010, Nordic Fantasy has served hundreds of thousands of readers. It is difficult…

Review: Doctor Proctor’s fart powder

Jo Nesbø is one of Norway’s biggest literary exports, world famous for his Harry Hole crime novels. On the side he is also a children’s book author, and two feature films have been adapted from his Doctor Proctor series. This is the first one. Having sold more than 30 million crime novels in over 40…

2017 in one go

One thing is guaranteed when making summaries of the year gone by: Sweden has not produced a horror film (again) and children are blessed with numerous genre productions, even if they don’t really realize it. Here’s a brief overview. The most prevalent factors in Nordic genre cinema is that the overall output is small, unstable…

Review: The Christmas King

The Norwegian Christmas countdown calendar The Christmas King was well received when it aired on NRK in 2012. Does it still hold up? Written by Bjørn-Åge Borger Kevin is 9 years old and lives in a village called Silverwood. Dad is an accountant who works for Randi Krohn (practically “Randi Coyn”), who rules the community. Mum…

Review: Magic Silver

For years, the Norwegian Blue Mountain franchise has entertained children of all ages in the weeks leading up to Christmas. This is the first feature film. Written by Bjørn-Åge Borger Magic Silver is based on the TV series Christmas on Blue Mountain (original title: Jul i Blåfjell) and Christmas on Moon Peak (original title: Jul…