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…

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…

The Christmas King preview

Right in time for Christmas comes The Christmas King: In Full Armor, a feature film sequel to the 2012 TV drama The Christmas King. Norway has a long tradition of Christmas countdown TV drama for children, so-called Christmas calendars, which are the TV equivalent of the daily opening of a tiny present or a candy…

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…

See more of Ragnarok

In 2013, Ragnarok was the big adventure film for children and tweens in Norway. In this rare adventure, science and fantasy is mixed with action and thrills rooted in Viking mythology. From the director of Cold Prey 3 came Ragnarok, based on something most Scandinavians can related to; Vikings! To be specific, their runes, which were their alphabet,…

Review: Ragnarok

In this rare adventure, science and fantasy is crossed and action is mixed with thrills to create an exciting ride for the entire family. From the director of Cold Prey 3 comes this family oriented fantasy adventure, based on an original script by John Kåre Raake. Not a popular franchise, not a previously known game,…

The Shamer’s Daughter preview

Local big budget fantasy adaptions are slowly making its way into Nordic cinemas; The Shamer’s Daughter has done well in Denmark and is opening in two days in Norway. Following the Norwegian Journey to the Christmas Star remake in 2012, the 6.7 million euro Danish fantasy film The Shamer’s Daughter is the next big budget…

Energina preview

Currently rerunning on Swedish television is Energina, a superhero action series for children. The titular character is a little girl whose arch-enemy Doctor Dominator tries to take over the city where they both live. Originally broadcast on Swedish national television SVT in 2013, Energina is a 10-part TV series about Gina (Sara Månberg), who gets…

Pippi to be “cleaned-up”

One of the most beloved franchises in Sweden, Pippi, is being upgraded by SVT and audiences all over Scandinavia are outraged. Created in the early 1940s by world famous author Astrid Lindgren as a comforting tale for her sick daughter, and published for the first time in 1945, Pippi Longstocking is one of the most…

Doctor Proctor preview

The children’s fantasy-comedy Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder premieres in Norway tomorrow. Based on a book by Jo Nesbø, this major production stars some of Norway’s best actor and comedians. For the children though, what’s more important than celebrities is all the focus on farts and farting. Jokes and gags and stunts and superpowers based on…