Two years of Nordic Fantasy

Today, this unique website celebrates its two year anniversary. On September 23, 2010 the first post was made.

We’re quite satisfied to have survived two years as the world’s only website/blog/resource/place/whatever to be dedicated to horror, science fiction and fantasy films from the Nordic region. There are many sci-fi film sites out there, and many blogs that focus on Nordic films, and numerous websites written in Swedish or Danish that cover all sorts of horror entertainment. But in order to get collected news and reviews on cinematic and televised horror, fantasy and exploitation from the Nordic region in English, there is only one place to go; here!

What: NordicFantasy.info is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of a certain part of the cultural history of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland (the Nordic countries). The website aims to inform about films, video and TV within the science fiction, fantasy, exploitation and horror genres, as these genres are the smallest up here, and deserve more attention. NordicFantasy.info does not cover crime movies, thrillers, action films or comedies.

During these two years, genre films from our region have been exported to bigger markets more than ever before. Our small languages no longer seem to be a problem, and movie-making is cheaper, thus avoiding the problem of lack of public funds. The Nordic region has a combined population of around 25 million, which is no more than one Japanese city or Paris and London combined. Nevertheless, a handful of our movies have made big impacts in important markets such as Germany, England and USA – plans for remakes aimed at the general audience is almost the norm when Nordic movies have premiered in art houses and at festivas. Let the right one in and Stieg Larsson’s rape-revenge Millennium trilogy are examples of that. It seems as if Nordic genre cinema is a trend now, like the Italian horror scene was in the 70s and like the Japanese refuelling of the genre in the late 90s. The Scandinavian horror film scene is now moving away from being a copy of traditional American stories and starting to base their plots on local myths, legends, folklore and events. Nordic genre cinema will soon be a treasure chest to explore, because frankly, who needs another film about teens being killed in dark forests by inbred locals? It’s only a matter of time before we get to see a horror-fantasy movie set in the Viking age.

Our readers arrive from virtually every country in the world, and our posts are read daily by anywhere between 130 and 10.000 visitors, depending on how new they are. This means that the site and its content actually does help in promoting movies to fans that always are looking for something new. Directors and producers connect to their fans and end buyers, while film fans are informed of new movies, franchises, or even completely new countries with an interesting production. We’ve had Italian cannibals and Japanese ghosts, now it’s time for the hulder, the wither and the troll!

Why: So why this special attention to genre movies from icy Northern Europe? Fantastical movies are the least produced genre up here and it is difficult to export movies to foreign markets. Nordic movies are mostly known for being very artistic or very mainstream. In fact, sci-fi has never been an important part of Nordic cinema, and horror emerged only in the 90s and 00s as a genre to depend on, albeit still small. I discovered that there is no single, good resource on the net that collects information, news and reviews specifically on the topic of Nordic speculative cinema.

This website – http://www.NordicFantasy.info – has taken the shape of a blog but is being run according to policies typical of “proper” film magazines. For example, we do not review only the movies we like, we review all kinds of movies and TV within our genres. Even though the staff are Scandinavians, we’re not partial to Scandinavian films. We just want more people to know about these movies, and creating the only archive on Nordic genre cinema in the process. For example, very few people know about the 1922 Swedish/Danish horror mockumentary Häxan, or Witchcraft Through The Ages in English. The film was banned in USA and heavily censored in many other countries for what were considered inappropriate and illegal graphic depictions of torture, nudity and sexual perversion. So you see, Scandinavia has a long history of filmed horror and exploitation!

Best greetings from
Glenn, Dag, Steinar, Marie

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