Horror next for Lars

Danish auteur Lars von Trier is writing the script for a horror movie set in Detroit. The man who gave us such crazy genre entries as The kingdom, Antichrist and Melancholia is set to handle horror in his next movie, which is currently trying to find funding. However, von Trier will not direct; that job…

Heartless preview

The Danish TV channel Kanal 5 is currently airing Heartless, a new supernatural teen drama that has been met with international interest. Two years ago, Kanal 5 devised a new drama series that jumped on the vampire bandwagon, as True Blood and Twilight were the hottest franchises in mainstream horror. It seemed natural to want…

Outburst posters

Just because you have made a short film, it doesn’t mean you have to settle for only one poster! The Danish horror short Outburst has teamed up with a handful of artists in order to make posters that, like the movie itself (which we reported on here), pays hommage to the good old days of horror.…

CPH sci-fi battle preview

Premiering in Copenhagen today is a series of sci-fi shorts, all part of the CPH PIX Movie Battle. The theme for the short films is time travel. Founded by film director Shaky Gonzaléz in 2004, the Movie Battle is CPH PIX’s section where Denmark’s underground film making scene tests their muscles in genre cinema. Previous…

Outburst preview

Soon to be released in Denmark is Outburst, a horror-splatter short about zombies and a girl with no name. Arriving later this year is the Danish splatter-horror short Udbrud, a word that means “outbreak” or “outburst” and referring to a mysterious plague that creates hordes of zombies. The story takes place in a world on…

Review: Island of Lucifer

Apparently there are Satan worshippers even in the small, cosy, safe countries of Scandinavia. When things get a little boring, why not throw in a devil and some blood rituals? Why or why not is what the Danish documentary Island of Lucifer (original title: Satankulten på Anholt) tries to find out. Written and directed by…

Review: The substitute

A sci-fi horror thriller for 9-12 year old kids, helmed by one of Denmark’s leading genre directors, Ole Bornedal. It seems like you can’t make a movie for children or teens without relating it to their school situation, so when Ole Bornedal, director of the Danish horror hit Night Watch (1994 – and its 1997…

Review: Journey to Saturn

This Danish animated sci-fi adventure includes everything from space dragons and German porn to Saint Peter, in a story about how Danish astronauts save the world, using beer. Journey to Saturn (original title: Rejsen til Saturn) is based on a Danish 1977 sci-fi comic book by Claus Deleuran, and tells the story about how a…

Review: Midsummer

Classic or chliché? Boring or psychological? Those are the questions one must ask after having seen Midsummer, the Danish horror film that puts a twist on the old “teens in the woods” horror subgenre. In order to celebrate their final exams, a group of Danish teens decides to celebrate midsummer in Sweden. They hire a…

Review: Cecilie

As the perhaps leading film nation in the Nordic region, Denmark has produced few horror hits. Cecilie will not help their track record, even though it has potentional to be shown on TV everywhere. Cecilie is about Cecilie Larsen, a school teacher who moves into a new house (and a new job) with her husband.…

Review: The Kingdom

Controversial art-house director Lars von Trier revolutionized the TV miniseries with The Kingdom in 1994. It was such a unique production that nothing followed in its footsteps. The Danish 9 hour / 8 episode miniseries Riget (English title; The Kingdom) is clearly a product of a director-writer with ambitions and visions. That is clear from…

Jensen & Jensen preview

The Danish are involved in yet another animated feature (in fact several non-genre animated features are on their way) . Action comedy Jensen & Jensen is set in the future and is about two brothers turns into bounty hunters. We’re in the year 2019, a post-financial crisis world where money is everything and debt can get…

Ronal the Barbarian preview

From Denmark, the land of Beowulf and Hamlet, comes the next hero; Ronal. Ronal the Barbarian is an animated children’s fantasy film about the most scrawny barbarian you’ll ever see. From directors Thorbjørn Christoffersen and Kresten Vestbjerg Andersen comes Ronal the Barbarian, a 90-minute original theatrical feature scheduled to open September 15, 2011. Producer is…

Antichrist on Criterion DVD and BluRay

Fans of Danish auteur Lars von Trier should not miss the upcoming Criterion re-release of Antichrist on DVD and BluRay. Antichrist is the psychological horror film from 2009 that was highly controversial due to its religious themes. Here’s what Criterion says about their releases: “Lars von Trier shook up the film world when he premiered…

Review: Cat

Kat (which means, you guessed it, “cat” in Danish) is about mysterious events that happens to a cat that belongs to the roommate of a girl whose grandfather lives upstairs in an apartment complex. First we are introduced to black magic-ish spiritual activities, carried out by – scary enough – retired old people, including the…