Valley of Shadows preview

Premiering today in Norwegian cinemas is Valley of Shadows, a gothic thriller with elements of mystery and perhaps the supernatural. The debut film of director Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen has received favourable reviews. Having previously directed a few short films, Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen’s feature debut is not a conventional horror film, but more a mystical fable…

Occupied 2 preview

Currently showing on Viaplay is the second season of Occupied, the Norwegian science fiction drama that is based on an idea by The Snowman author Jo Nesbø. When the first season of Occupied premiered in Norway on TV2 in 2015, it was the channel’s biggest drama effort until then, and one of the most expensive…

Review: Lyst

Does it live up to its gory hype? Lyst is Severin Eskeland’s second feature film, a rape-revenge psychological horror-thriller where alcohol, pills, blood and self destruction is fatally mixed. Lisa Rostorp is a famous novelist, living on her own somewhere in Norway. She has sold millions of books, appeared on national talkshows and are in…

Lyst on disc tomorrow

Norway’s first horror film in 2017, Lyst, is to be released on home video tomorrow. The discs are packed with extras and will be availabe all over Scandinavia. It’s safe to say that the Norwegian horror film wave as calmed down lately. This year, only one straight horror film has premiered in cinemas so far…

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…

Lyst preview

In cinemas tomorrow: Lyst, the new Norwegian horror film which has been hyped for its gore and gruesomeness. Will Severin Eskeland’s new film reinvigorate the Norwegian horror movie? The Norwegian horror film wave may have lost power and have become mere ripples, but tomorrow the feature film Lyst is trying to make a splash anyway.…

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 House on disc soon

Reinert Kiil’s nazi-ghost thriller The House makes its way to disc on July 11. Scandinavia’s first movie where Nazis can’t kill or imprison people (or “people”) they don’t like….. After a few DTV sleazers, Reinert Kill released his first theatrical movie The House in April. The ghost story is set during WW2 where two German soldiers and a…

Amanda award nominees

In Hollywood they give out the Oscar, in France they award a golden palm to movies, and in Sweden they let the best movies win a scarab. Yes, really! This year, Norway’s Amanda award includes quite a few genre nominees. Yesterday the nominees for the annual Amanda film award was announced. The Amanda is the highest…

Review: The House

Possibly Norway’s first haunted house movie, The House has many things laid before its feet and picks some of them up. After having directed music videos, shorts, underground cult films and worked as a prop guy on mainstream movies and TV, Reinert Kiil has now “grown up” with his first theatrical directorial feature, the ghost…