4K Thriller to be screened

Arguably the most well known Scandinavian exploitation film, Thriller will be screened from a new 4K print in attendance of star Christina Lindberg. But only in the US, and only at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, TX, and only on November 11th, and only once. If you make the effort of going there, you will…

Watch Space Invasion in Lapland

If asked to name a few Swedish alien invasion movies, you’ll have an almost impossible task ahead of you. In general terms, they simply don’t exist. However, there is an exception. Space invasion in Lapland is the 1959 American-Swedish film that was ahead of its time. The alien invasion theme was a staple of 1950s film making in America,…

Preview: Hermit: Monster Killer

Finally wriggling its way to audiences is the Swedish indie feature, Hermit: Monster Killer. After years in production, it might be the first of its kind in Sweden. Comedy and horror are combined in this low budget feature that has been in production and post since 2012. Inspired by both American genre films from the…

Alena theatrical premiere

While “comic book movies” are staples of Hollywood entertainment, the same can not be said in Swedish pop culture. But today, one of the few Scandinavian comic book based movies comes out; the Swedish movie Alena, based on Kim W. Andersson’s graphic novel. Based on the award-winning graphic novel Alena by Kim W. Andersson, Alena premieres theatrically on…

Swedish cult classics on DVD

A slew of Swedish cult classics is coming to DVD later this summer; six movies in one box set, ranging from futuristic dystopia to social commentary. From one of Sweden’s most prolific small DVD labels, Studio S, comes Swedish cult classics. Movies that flopped, were ahead of their time, ridiculed by the press or shunned…

Bergman meets Ash

When you think of Sweden, you may think of Ingmar Bergman. The auteur director who elevated film from entertainment to art. From now on, when you think of Ingmar Bergman, you may have to think about… Evil Dead! Currently in production is the Swedish low budget amateur movie Root of darkness (original title; Roten av…

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…

Warming up to Christmas

In a few days, the Nordic public broadcasters unleash some of their biggest efforts throughout the year; the Christmas Calendars, aimed mostly at children and airing every day from December 1st to 24th. The Nordic region has a long tradition of Christmas countdown TV drama for children, so-called Christmas calendars, which are the TV equivalent of…

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.…

Quick fall 2015 overview

Not sure what to wait for? Too long between premieres? Forgotten that Scandinavia actually has some genre movies? Here’s a quick overview of what to expect this fall. This list is not necessarily complete, as new premieres can still be added over the next few weeks and months, but it does give you a fairly good overview…