The Quake is good business

After one week in Norwegian cinemas, The Quake is shaking up some real business and on its way to become a success, just like its predecessor, The Wave. The opening weekend alone was the strongest in 2018 for any movie. In its first weekend more than 155.000 Norwegian film fans went to see Oslo shaken…

Tappeluft bankrupt

The Norwegian production company Tappeluft has filed for bankruptcy. The company produced Hellfjord and Dead Snow, among other titles, and is partially owned by Tommy Wirkola. The total debt is 36.2 million NOK. Tommy Wirkola (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and What Happened to Monday) directed Dead Snow for Tappeluft in 2009 and also its…

Thelma vs Amanda

The critically acclaimed supernatural thriller Thelma has been nominated to 12 Amanda awards, the Norwegian Oscar. That happened in spite of the director’s threat to boycott the award show. Last year, Joachim Trier’s supernatural Thelma became one of the most applauded Norwegian genre movies in recent times. The film was part of the official selection at…

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…

SFI supports horror shorts

The Swedish Film Institute has launched a new programme for creative horror shorts produced by established or fledgling film makers. Dubbed It’s Alive!, the programme will co-fund a maximum of five shorts in its first year. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2016. SFI – the national film funding body in Sweden – will…

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…

RIP Gunnar Hansen

Today we mourn the Icelandic actor Gunnar Hansen, known to the world as the lead villain in one of the most notorius movies of all times, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  The Nordic region has lost one of its earliest and most iconic horror actors. Gunnar Hansen bas born in Reykjavik on Iceland in 1947 and moved to the…

Upcoming Nordic genre festivals

Want to get out in the physical world and talk to real people? Or get a pic taken with a cult actor? Here are the events for you! Most (all?) horror and fantasy film festivals in the Nordic region for the next few moths. Denmark: Faces in the Dark A new genre festival that takes place…

Get yourself a goregasm!

In Sweden a group of horror film aficionados have joined forces to write and publish a horror film fanzine on paper (gasp!). Nordic Fantasy spoke to the chief editor. In the 90s, yours truly was a paper fanzine editor. At the same time, I also worked for radio stations, the ephemeral media of its time.…

The 1980s massacre video

Violence and gore is not only present in Nordic genre movies; the Norwegian indiepop band The Fjords has incorporated gratuitous violence in the music video for their song All in. Directed by Line Klungseth Johansen and Øystein Moe, the promotional film shows how a young video gamer shoots people at a hot dog stand. Influenced…

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…

Movie Battle winners

On April 20th, the annual Movie Battle was held in Copenhagen, as part of the CPH PIX film festival. The theme for the short films this year was “slasher”. 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…

MOF wants you!

The Swedish film festival Monsters of Film invites all genre film makers to submit their films for possible screening at the festival. For the fourth consequtive year, the horror, sci-fi and fantasy film festival Monsters of Film in Stockholm, Sweden will delight genre audiences with film screenings, meetings, panels, workshops and business events. A new…

More money for horror

Nordic genre movies are not only met with greater success these days, but also gaining more formal support, as NFTF’s new funding scheme is evidence of. The last few years, the organization Nordic Genre Invasion (backed by various producers and production companies) has promoted horror and fantasy films in industry environments. And now, for the…

Dark Woods relaunched

In a rare move, Norway’s first real horror film, Dark Woods, is being relaunched on all relevant formats, to warm up for the sequel that is coming later this year. It says something about a country that their first mainstream horror movie came out as late as in 2003. Dark Woods (original title; Villmark) was…