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.…

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…

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…

The House preview

Having made a name as an underground cult director with DTV exploitation films, Reinert Kiil has now “grown up” with his first theatrical movie, a ghost story set during WW2. We first reported on the chill-thriller The House in 2013, when director Reinert Kiil (known for his two exploitation films The whore and Inside the…

Win The House tickets

In a few days Norway’s new ghost movie The House premieres in theatres. If you are not easily scared, you can win tickets to the pre-premiere in Oslo. The House is Reinert Kiil’s cinema debut after having made short films and two direct-to-DVD exploitation films, The hore (2009) and Inside the whore (2012). Now trying…

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…

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…