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…

Welcome to 2015

After a solid 2014, the new year promises to be an interesting period for Nordic genre cinema. The effects of a few small, random indie hits are now starting to make waves for real. The leap into a new year is time for reflections on the past and hopes for the future. But first, let…

Splatter matter

A few days ago, Dead Snow 2 was released on video in Norway, again throwing zombie Nazis at us, with a good portion of humour – and gore. It’s a fun and silly film, but also an important one. Let me once again remind you that the horror movie scene in Norway, and the entire…

The darkness of Heartless

Since when was it a good idea to produce and broadcast TV series that does not solve the key mystery at the end? Cliffhangers work only if there is a continuation. As I write this, Norwegian state broadcaster NRK has just finished showing the Danish supernatural TV series Heartless. Its Danish world premiere only a…

Fantasy, but for whom?

It has just been December, that special time of the year. The landscape transformed, and children looking forward to the magic of Santa. No wonder then, that fantasy entertainment is closely linked to Christmas in the Nordic region. In many countries around the world, science fiction movies, horror films and fantasy franchises make up some…

Thunder gods for Hollyweird

Remakes, re-imaginings, reboots, re-inventions, other re-… Hollywood seems to like re-cycling of ideas and have been in serious innovation drought for years. I know, remakes of classic (and not so classic) movies are nothing new, neither are sequels – but there are a few things they could do in order to inject some imagination into…