Review: The Christmas King

The Norwegian Christmas countdown calendar The Christmas King was well received when it aired on NRK in 2012. Does it still hold up? Written by Bjørn-Åge Borger Kevin is 9 years old and lives in a village called Silverwood. Dad is an accountant who works for Randi Krohn (practically “Randi Coyn”), who rules the community. Mum…

Review: Magic Silver

For years, the Norwegian Blue Mountain franchise has entertained children of all ages in the weeks leading up to Christmas. This is the first feature film. Written by Bjørn-Åge Borger Magic Silver is based on the TV series Christmas on Blue Mountain (original title: Jul i Blåfjell) and Christmas on Moon Peak (original title: Jul…

Jordskott 2 preview

The second season of Jordskott has just launched in Sweden. The mystery series is a unique blend of Scandi-noir crime and mythology. The first series aired in 2015 and was described by one viewer as “a TV series based on fairy tales set in an adult setting rather than a childlike one”. The story followed…

The Ash Lad preview

Few stories in Norwegian mythology and folk tales are more referenced, remembered and retold than the ones of the Ash Lad. Now for the first time, the Ash Lad has been adapted into a feature film.  For centuries, the Ash Lad, or Espen Ash Lad (Espen Askeladd), has been the hero in Norwegian folk tales, kept…

Stompa’s ghosts

Twice each day, Hollywood producers are accused of having no imagination and threading the water with countless sequels and remakes. That trend is slightly less strong in the Nordic region, and has now reached a popular 1950s franchise; Stompa. But why is Stompa a topic in these pages? Most Norwegians of a certain age know…

The Wave US reception

On March 4th this year, Roar Uthaug’s disaster movie The Wave finally flooded American cinemas. The film has been mostly positively reviewed so far. The Wave was not only Norway’s most popular film in 2015, it was also one of the most popular theatrical movies ever to screen in Norway. Now it is taking on…

The Wave on disc now

This year’s genre blockbuster in Norway, The Wave, is now on DVD, in time for Christmas stockings everywhere. At least if you order it from Norway or Denmark, as The Wave so far has only been released there. Roar Uthaug’s 4th feature film became a hit, pulling in 825.000 ticket holders to seats across the…

The Christmas King preview

Right in time for Christmas comes The Christmas King: In Full Armor, a feature film sequel to the 2012 TV drama The Christmas King. Norway has a long tradition of Christmas countdown TV drama for children, so-called Christmas calendars, which are the TV equivalent of the daily opening of a tiny present or a candy…

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…

Review: The Wave

We have had surges of slashers, floods of mythology movies and torrents of indie horrors. Now the scene is set for The wave, but will it drown in competition with Hollywood? Touted as being the first disaster movie to come out of Scandinavia, Roar Uthaug’s The wave splashed its way through Norwegian cinemas with great success…

16 facts about The Wave

The Norwegian disaster movie The wave is the event film of the year, at least up here in the fjords. Let’s add to the hype by taking in these cool facts about an uncool scenario. It is indeed a drawback that this movie is only time away from being gruesome reality. Åkneset is the real-life…

The Wave preview

Director Roar Uthaug continues to explore new film territory with his new action blockbuster, The wave. The only drawback is that his movie is only time away from being gruesome reality. It was not until Dark Woods in 2003 that Norway got it’s first bonafide horror movie. In 2010 The Troll Hunter got the honour…

See more of Ragnarok

In 2013, Ragnarok was the big adventure film for children and tweens in Norway. In this rare adventure, science and fantasy is mixed with action and thrills rooted in Viking mythology. From the director of Cold Prey 3 came Ragnarok, based on something most Scandinavians can related to; Vikings! To be specific, their runes, which were their alphabet,…

Review: Ragnarok

In this rare adventure, science and fantasy is crossed and action is mixed with thrills to create an exciting ride for the entire family. From the director of Cold Prey 3 comes this family oriented fantasy adventure, based on an original script by John Kåre Raake. Not a popular franchise, not a previously known game,…

12 facts about Kung Fury

By now, only one person in the world has not seen Kung Fury yet, and if that person is you, here are 12 reasons why Kung Fury is the most bad-ass Swedish movie ever. In less than 24 hours, the sensational short film reached 3 million views on its official Youtube channel. Right now, it approaches…