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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

Alena preview

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

12 facts about Kung Fury

By now, only one person in the world has not seen Kung Fury yet, and if that person is you, here are 12 reasons why Kung Fury is the most bad-ass Swedish movie ever. In less than 24 hours, the sensational short film reached 3 million views on its official Youtube channel. Right now, it approaches…

More from Kung Fury

The world seems unable to get enough of Kung Fury, the hero of Kung Fury – so here goes, another batch of stills and behind-the-scenes videos. In less than 24 hours, the sensational short film reached 3 million views on its official Youtube channel. Right now, it approaches 10 million views, with many more added…

Review: Kung Fury

After years of production and massive internet hype, the Swedish short film Kung Fury finally hit audiences with all its martial arts, Nazis, Vikings, dinosaurs and of course David Hasselhoff. Written and directed by David Sandberg, Kung Fury is the 30-minute sensational over-the-top retro-cheesy 1980s throwback actioner that is an hommage to everything that was…