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…

Pippi to be “cleaned-up”

One of the most beloved franchises in Sweden, Pippi, is being upgraded by SVT and audiences all over Scandinavia are outraged. Created in the early 1940s by world famous author Astrid Lindgren as a comforting tale for her sick daughter, and published for the first time in 1945, Pippi Longstocking is one of the most…

Eight autumn festivals

Want to get out in the physical world and talk to real people? Or get a pic taken with a cult actor? Or you just want to shed some blood? Here are the events for you! An incomplete overview of horror film festivals in the Nordic region for the autumn 2014 season. Denmark: Blood Drive…

Dead Snow prequel

Perhaps there will be a movie prequel or second sequel to Dead Snow, but if not, and in the mean time, you can enjoy the official Dead Snow comic book – right here and very free! Vegard Hoel is not only an actor in Tommy Wirkola’s two Dead Snow movies, he also wrote the Dead…

Vikings in Cannes, part 2

Nordic genre movies invade Cannes again! Film producers from the Nordic region have joined forces to market and sell Nordic horror, sci-fi and fantasy at the world’s most famous and important film festival in France. For the second time, Nordic genre films are promoted in Cannes in a joint presentation. Billed “the Nordic genre invasion”…

First try for Last Exit

It’s not every day a new DVD label specializing in horror is established in Sweden, but Last Exit Entertainment has chosen to pick a fight with some interesting releases as their weapons. In spite of decreasing DVD sales, streaming video and download pirates (and banks refusing to process payments for horror retailers), the newly formed…

Dead Snow 2 reactions

The day after the premiere of Dead Snow 2, and fans already praise the film. But what does Norwegian mainstream media say about the most expensive Norwegian horror film? The most widely used rating system in Norway is the 6 point system, after the number of pips on a dice. The “dice throw” of 1…

Jade Warrior stills

In old times, the few who could write did not write “stories” or “books”, they wrote what we would call poems or verses, like the Finnish Kalevala. Today we make movies and digital images. Enjoy these stills from the Finnish-Chinese martial arts fantasy, Jade Warrior which is based on the medieval Kalevala poem from Finland.

Vikings invade Cannes

Nordic genre movies are invading Cannes! Six film producers from the region have joined forces to market and sell Nordic horror, sci-fi and fantasy at the world’s most famous and important film festival in Cannes, France. Billed ‘the Nordic genre invasion’ as a marketing gimmick, possibly referring to the Vikings who once raped and burnt…

Swedish banks may censor horror movies

A small business owner in Sweden has been forced by banks and other financial institutions to stop selling horror movies. A well known mail order shop within the horror scene, Dark Entertainment feel they are being censored by banks on moral grounds. In Southern Sweden, the small company Dark Entertainment runs the horror film and…

Thale around the world

This small but unique Norwegian fantasy film has made the festival circuit but still have some territories to conquer. In the US, Thale was screened at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March and will be getting a US release on March 1, 2013 by XLrator Media. “Thale is a haunting and atmospheric thriller…

Film Chills x 4 preview

Horror anthologies in Norway are few and far between, but in 2010 a collection of four horror shorts were released on DVD. In 2008, public film funder Fuzz launched a horror/chiller competition in order to boost film making experience in Western Norway. Four movies were chosen as winners; Forlat oss vår skyld directed by Kjersti…

Festivals and cons in 2012

An overview of some sci-fi and horror festivals in the Scandinavian region during 2012, as well as screenings of Norwegian horror cinema. This is not a complete overview. If you know of other festivals or conventions in the Nordic region during 2012, feel free to list them in the comments field at the bottom of…

Iron Sky ripoff

The upcoming Finnish-German-Australian sci-fi comedy Iron Sky has been ripped off by Chinese game developers, and is assisted by Apple to profit from it. The fan funded film under the direction of Timo Vuorensola from Finland may get in serious trouble as a result. Fan funding is a new and internet based way of financing…