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…

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…

What we become in the US

Denmark’s first ever mainstream zombie movie What we become hits US discs in October. In the idyllic town of Sorgenfri (meaning “free of worries”) a family of four gets their daily life changes abruptly when a deadly virus afflicts the town. It’s survival of the fittest, and the question whether the family is strong enough…

What We Become preview

Two days ago the new Danish zombie movie What We Become premiered in Danish cinemas. How well will the film go down in a country not used to horror films? Written and directed by Bo Mikkelsen, What We Become (original title: Sorgenfri) is Denmark’s first ever mainstream zombie movie to be shown in cinemas. Filmed…

Warming up to Christmas

In a few days, the Nordic public broadcasters unleash some of their biggest efforts throughout the year; the Christmas Calendars, aimed mostly at children and airing every day from December 1st to 24th. The Nordic region has a long tradition of Christmas countdown TV drama for children, so-called Christmas calendars, which are the TV equivalent of…

Finale preview

Denmark’s first theatrical torture porn movie is heading for cinemas next year. Finale is based on a book and will not skimp on the crimson stuff! Based on Danish author Steen Langstrup’s novel Alt det hun ville ønske hun ikke forstod (meaning “everything she whished she didn’t know) from 2011, the upcoming feature film Finale is…

Heartless final episodes

In April and May 2014, the new supernatural teen drama Heartless aired in Denmark. After 5 episodes and an unresolved ending, the fate of the series was uncertain. But now, three new episodes will wrap up what is a unique effort in Nordic TV drama. Three years ago, the Danish commercial broadcaster Kanal 5 (part of the…

Quick fall 2015 overview

Not sure what to wait for? Too long between premieres? Forgotten that Scandinavia actually has some genre movies? Here’s a quick overview of what to expect this fall. This list is not necessarily complete, as new premieres can still be added over the next few weeks and months, but it does give you a fairly good overview…

Horror in Copenhagen

Want to watch recent Scandinavian horror cinema and meet the directors? If you are in Denmark this fall, that can be arranged. Huset (literally The House) in Copenhagen is a large culture and arts centre which hosts around 1400 events each year, on 10 different stages. One of these events is Recent Nordic Cinema, a…

Escaping the Dead preview

Scheduled to be released to coincide with Halloween, Escaping the Dead is a Danish horror indie that takes a definitive anti-drug position. The low budget zombie film, which has been in production since 2012, starts during a typical day for the lead character, David. He is a marijuana pusher, but he is the kind of…

Doula first look

Not all midwives want to provide life, they say. At least they say so in the forthcoming Danish movie Doula, now in production. Written and directed by Kenneth L. Truelsen, the supernatural grindhouse horror tale Doula takes place in a secluded redneck community, where the inhabitants deal with the ghost of their local midwife, who prevents new…

The Shamer’s Daughter preview

Local big budget fantasy adaptions are slowly making its way into Nordic cinemas; The Shamer’s Daughter has done well in Denmark and is opening in two days in Norway. Following the Norwegian Journey to the Christmas Star remake in 2012, the 6.7 million euro Danish fantasy film The Shamer’s Daughter is the next big budget…

Review: Nightwatch

If Scandinavian horror movies are rare, Danish horror films are even rarer. Fortunately for Denmark, one of the most iconic horror films from the entire region is Danish; Ole Bornedal’s Nightwatch. Starring some of Denmark’s finest young actors of the time, Nightwatch (called Nattevagten in Danish) did not have much competition when it came out…

Grotesk preview

Finally available to the public is the Danish sci-fi / gore movie Grotesk, a movie which claims it is Denmark’s answer to Plan nine from outer space. Having been in production since (at least) 2012, Grotesk is now available on DVD from Another World Entertainment, after having premiered at the Bloody Weekend festival in Copenhagen…