A book has been written, and published this month, on the exotic subject of Swedish cult films. The Japanese have samurai films, the Italians have giallo, but the Swedes have… “sensation films”!
The 320 page trade paperback Swedish sensationfilms has been written by Daniel Ekeroth and covers Swedish cult and exploitation films made between the 1950s and the 90s. The book features over 200 reviews of strange and sexy Swedish films, rare vintage film posters, lobby cards, biographies, and also contributions from the major star of Swedish cult; Christina Lindberg.
Author Daniel Ekeroth says this about his motivation for writing the book: “Into this rising whirlwind of madness, I was born. As the 70s came along, all limits were forgotten. Sweden was flooded with sexually explicit and violent films of every kind… and all morals were gone.”
Publisher Bazillion Point describes the book like this:
Sweden’s prominent and secure film legacy is associated internationally with Ingmar Bergman’s successful and high-quality works. However, even the greatest Swedish director could not resist another breed of Swedish film — notorious for laissez-faire nudity, relaxed sexuality, drugs, and shocking violence — the sensationsfilm.
In 1911, Sweden enacted the world’s first government board of film censors, provoking a century-long war against filmmakers that outlived two World Wars, communism, and the sexual revolution. In 2011, the censors finally surrendered — and Swedish sensationfilms declares victory with a fiery retrospective of over 200 often banned and cut films produced during the golden age of Swedish sin. PLUS: First-hand accounts by starlet Christina Lindberg (Thriller: En Grym Film, Maid in Sweden); scores of rare exhibition posters and images, a glossary of curious Swedish customs; and an uninhibited cast of thousands, including: Stellan Skarsgård, Pernilla August, Lee Hazlewood, Dennis Hopper, Max von Sydow, David Carradine, Heinz Hopf, Harry Reems, Noomi Rapace, Marie Forså, Troy Donahue, Zinny Zan, and Ludde the dog.
Produced in the backyard of the Swedish film industry, these sexually daring films form a canon of countless sensational movies dealing with shocking or taboo subjects — street punks, sadistic mobsters, space aliens, unruly housewives, ruthless drug pushers, bloodthirsty ninjas, teen temptresses, lingonberry cowboys, bearded perverts, and drunken vikings — all simply too strange to ignore.
The book retails for USD 19.95 or 29.95 depending on where you live.
Trailer for the film Thriller: A cruel picture which is one of the most famous Swedish exploitation films.