Alone in Space preview

The first proper Swedish science fiction film in many years is coming to cinemas today. Alone in Space is a sci-fi adventure for children but also a hommage to genre classics their parents grew up with. Directed by Ted Kjellsson, Alone is Space (original title: Ensamma i rymden) started shooting in July 2017 and is…

Vidar the Vampire preview

Today another Norwegian indie horror opens in cinemas. Vidar the Vampire is the debut feature of two directors and mixes dark comedy with horror elements and politically incorrect satire. Vidar the Vampire was actually finished last year and premiered at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund in August 2017, and has also been shown…

The Quake preview

Roar Uthaug was an established director in Norway when he flooded Norwegian cinemas with The Wave in 2015. Now the sequel is here, in which director John Andreas Andersen takes the disaster to Oslo. The Wave was Norway’s first proper disaster film and pulled a huge crowd to cinemas, with more than 800.000 tickets sold.…

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…