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…