Review: Absolute Xombies 3D

Sometimes you encounter movies that are so unique, so game-changing and so weird that you have a hard time dealing with them. Absolute Xombies 3D is exactly that type of movie. Written and directed by Johnny Markussen on a low budget (about 50.000 dollars) and tens of thousands of manhours, Absolute Xombies 3D is a…

Review: American Burger

A Swedish horror comedy shot entirely in English, set in the backwoods, and focusing on white, lean meat – that’s American Burger. It is very unusual that Swedish films are shot in English, so the ambitions must be greater than usual with this first chapter of what is planned as a franchise. A sequel is…

Review: Die Zombiejäger

Possibly Sweden’s first zombie movie, Die Zombiejäger shows us what could happen if Gothenburg was invaded by zombies. And why the EU is important. Made on a budget of about 4000 euros (6000 dollars), Die Zombiejäger is – as expected – an amateur hobby production made by devoted horror fans. These no/low-budget horror movies are…

Dead Snow 2 review

The most expensive Nordic horror movie! Over-the-top gore! Nazi zombies! WW2 Tiger tanks! Communists! Vomit! Necrophilia! Or, to put it short: Dead Snow 2. Tommy Wirkola shows us the colours of the undead again. When Dead Snow released its blood-soaked Nazis on Norwegians and the world in 2009, nobody quite knew what to expect. Scandinavia…

Review: Heartless

Heartless is the first genre drama for teens produced for the Danish TV channel Kanal 5, and as such also their first original drama production ever. The supernatural series deals with anxiety and identification and other common teen themes. Set at an oldfashioned boarding school where girls were only allowed to study in recent years,…

Review: Corridor

From two first-time directors comes Corridor, a Swedish psychological horror-thriller that leaves you clueless about wether the characters are mentally ill, victims of terror or just overly nervous. Frank is a young Norwegian student of medicine in a big Swedish city. He lives in an apartment building, and one day he meets the girl who…

Review: Threads of Destiny

Fan films have been made before, but they are not always as ambitious as the Swedish Threads of Destiny; a feature-length chapter of Star Wars, complete with laser swords and tons of CGI. Written, filmed and edited over several years, Threads of Destiny is made by Swedish amateurs, volunteers and fans, with the help of…

Review: Everywhen

There are so few sci-fi movies made in the Nordic region that when one is finally made, it’s a slap in the face of the movie industry that the budget was only 6500 euros and the team behind it was a group of school kids. Those are not things to hold against Everywhen, though. The…

Review: Hypnagogia

Nightmares are not a new topic for horror movies, but the distantly related sleep paralysis has not been explored too much yet. In Lars-Erik Lie’s short film Hypnagogia, genres are mixed with the titular phenomenon taking center stage. Wikipedia says that “Hypnagogia is the experience of the transitional state from wakefulness to sleep: the hypnagogic…

Review: Island of Lucifer

Apparently there are Satan worshippers even in the small, cosy, safe countries of Scandinavia. When things get a little boring, why not throw in a devil and some blood rituals? Why or why not is what the Danish documentary Island of Lucifer (original title: Satankulten på Anholt) tries to find out. Written and directed by…

Review: Christmas Cruelty

For some people, Christmas is the most terrible time of the year. No family, no friends, pressure of buying and everyone is oh so happy. In Christmas Cruelty however, Santa Claus is the least happy person of them all. Coming from a group of enthusiastic Norwegian amateurs, Christmas Cruelty (original title O’Hellige Jul, meaning O Holy Christmas) takes…

Review: Norwegian Ninja

Once in a while, a movie comes along that are so different, innovative and absurd that it defies description. Norwegian Ninja is clearly an example of that. Some topics are just too big, too serious or too boring to make films about. The real-life case of Arne Treholt, a diplomat convicted to 20 years in…

Review: Wither

The first ever Swedish zombie film in cinemas delivers great gore, zizzling zombies and murderous mayhem. When a horror film premiere makes it to the main news on national TV, you know it’s a big thing. Such was the case with Wither (original title: Vittra) which opened in 15 selected theatres across Sweden. Not a…

Review: The Unliving

Swedish horror films are so few and far between that when public national broadcaster SVT co-produces and broadcasts one, it’s worth taking notice. Directed by Swedish first-timer Hugo Lilja as a film school exam project in 2010, the 28 minute award-winning Återfödelsen (meaning ‘rebirth’ – international title is The Unliving) takes place 25 years after…

Review: Cold Prey 3

With great success comes sequels; no other Nordic horror franchise made it to two, or even one. Cold Prey 3 is as historical as it is average. Comedies and children’s movies often produce sequels (the Olsen Gang series made it to 8 in Sweden and 14 in Norway and Denmark, and spin-offs for children as…