Blomstertid preview

What is even rarer than a Swedish science fiction movie? A Swedish disaster movie. Den blomstertid nu kommer suggests what happens if Swedish infrastructure and society are attacked by a hostile force. The film title actually refers to a Swedish summertime hymn, traditionally credited to Israel Kolmodin, a Lutheran priest. The origin of the hymn…

Dead World preview

It’s a dead world when Ed Wood meets The walking dead in the first in a series of ultra-low budget splatter short films from the bowels of Western Norway. Having been in production for years (since 2010, in fact) we first reported on Dead World in 2012. Now, after years in post-production, the first episode…

Border preview

It has been 10 years since a John Ajvide Lindqvist story was transferred to the big screen. The author of Let the right one in co-wrote the screenplay to the new feature Border where trolls and mysticism meets realism. In 2008, Let the right one in became a massive global hit. Not only did the…

It came from the desert preview

It came from Finland – to invade you! It Came From the Desert is the latest schlock retro horror comedy from the country that brought you evil Santas and killer bunnies. Some horror movie concepts are traditional, some are original, and then there are the crazy-ass twisted ones. It Came From the Desert belongs in the latter category,…

Haunted preview

Opening in theatres today is the Norwegian thriller-chiller Haunted, a psychological horror film that is a series of firsts, at least for the talent involved. Set in the beautiful winter landscape of Norway, Haunted (original title: Hjemsøkt) follows Catherine as she travels back to her old family estate after her father’s death. Her plan is…

Juleblod preview

After wilderness stalkers and trolls, Christmas may be the new Norwegian horror theme. Reinert Kiil’s Juleblod is the second Christmas related horror film in three years. Have you been naughty or nice? Coming from the director of The House, the horror comedy Juleblod is this year’s most twisted genre entry in Norwegian cinema. Reinert Kiil, a…

Valley of Shadows preview

Premiering today in Norwegian cinemas is Valley of Shadows, a gothic thriller with elements of mystery and perhaps the supernatural. The debut film of director Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen has received favourable reviews. Having previously directed a few short films, Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen’s feature debut is not a conventional horror film, but more a mystical fable…

The Ash Lad preview

Few stories in Norwegian mythology and folk tales are more referenced, remembered and retold than the ones of the Ash Lad. Now for the first time, the Ash Lad has been adapted into a feature film.  For centuries, the Ash Lad, or Espen Ash Lad (Espen Askeladd), has been the hero in Norwegian folk tales, kept…

Lyst preview

In cinemas tomorrow: Lyst, the new Norwegian horror film which has been hyped for its gore and gruesomeness. Will Severin Eskeland’s new film reinvigorate the Norwegian horror movie? The Norwegian horror film wave may have lost power and have become mere ripples, but tomorrow the feature film Lyst is trying to make a splash anyway.…

Hermit Monster Killer preview

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…

Stompa’s ghosts

Twice each day, Hollywood producers are accused of having no imagination and threading the water with countless sequels and remakes. That trend is slightly less strong in the Nordic region, and has now reached a popular 1950s franchise; Stompa. But why is Stompa a topic in these pages? Most Norwegians of a certain age know…

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…

What we become in the US

Denmark’s first ever mainstream zombie movie What we become hits US discs in October. In the idyllic town of Sorgenfri (meaning “free of worries”) a family of four gets their daily life changes abruptly when a deadly virus afflicts the town. It’s survival of the fittest, and the question whether the family is strong enough…

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…