Review: Room 205

A ghost slashes students in this Danish teen horror that touches on Nordic social issues in a merger of two successful genres that were not common in Scandinavia at the time it was made. As we have seen, for example when Norwegian horror movies started to take off in the early 00s, small countries don’t…

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…

The House on disc soon

Reinert Kiil’s nazi-ghost thriller The House makes its way to disc on July 11. Scandinavia’s first movie where Nazis can’t kill or imprison people (or “people”) they don’t like….. After a few DTV sleazers, Reinert Kill released his first theatrical movie The House in April. The ghost story is set during WW2 where two German soldiers and a…

Review: The House

Possibly Norway’s first haunted house movie, The House has many things laid before its feet and picks some of them up. After having directed music videos, shorts, underground cult films and worked as a prop guy on mainstream movies and TV, Reinert Kiil has now “grown up” with his first theatrical directorial feature, the ghost…

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…

Watch Hypnagogia for free

Last year, Norwegian horror/sleaze director Lars Erik Lie released the ghost-girl short film Hypnagogia. After having been sold as a stream, Lie now decided to let you watch the film for free. With inspiration from Japanese ghost stories and Italian horror, the film is about a medical phenomenon called hypnagogia which, according to Wikipedia, is…

Utburd preview

Premiering today in Trondheim, Norway, is Utburd, a low budget student film based on myths about children left in the woods to die. But is it really just a myth? Made by nine film students at NTNU (the university of science and technology in Trondheim), Utburd is the first full-length feature film made in Norway…

Review: Hypnagogia

Nightmares are not a new topic for horror movies, but the distantly related sleep paralysis has not been explored too much yet. In Lars-Erik Lie’s short film Hypnagogia, genres are mixed with the titular phenomenon taking center stage. Wikipedia says that “Hypnagogia is the experience of the transitional state from wakefulness to sleep: the hypnagogic…

Hypnagogia preview

With inspiration from Japanese ghost stories and Italian horror, Norwegian low-budget director Lars Erik Lie is now working on a horror short about sleep paralysis. Maybe he wants to give you nightmares? According to Wikipedia, hypnagogia is “the experience of the transitional state from wakefulness to sleep”. It is also the title of Lars Erik…

Review: Mara

Most of Sweden’s “real” horror movies are independent low-budget films, like Mara, which started production in 2009 and is now finally ready to unleash its thrills and chills on viewers. In an old Scandinavian tradition, Mara revolves around Jenny, a blonde 20-something who visits a cabin in the woods with some friends in order to…

Mara final DVD art

Swedish DVD label Njuta Films has released the final DVD artwork of the upcoming psychological horror chiller Mara. Nothing is as it seems in the Swedish independent feature Mara. The story takes place in the dark woods of Sweden, where little girl Jenny witnesses a brutal, gruesome murder. An utterly grotesque act committed by an insane…

Review: De utsatta

An abandoned hospital, the ghost of a little girl, a doctor who did cruel things. That’s the basis for this Swedish chiller, filmed at a former sanatorium. One of things you learn at film school, in order to cut costs, is to “shoot on location” so you don’t have to build sets. In this low…

Win signed “De utsatta” DVD

Enter our first October competition and win a signed copy of the Swedish ghost chiller De utsatta on DVD. Directed by Daniel Ström, De utsatta is about a group of people who are trapped in a derelict and abandonded hospital for the rich. A snowstorm prevents them from escaping, and then mysterious things start to…

Mara preview

Finally, after years of post-production delays, the Swedish horror/chiller Mara is ready for delivery. Nothing is as it seems in the Swedish independent feature Mara. Described as a low-key and creepy psychological horror chiller with supernatural elements, the story takes place in the dark woods of Sweden, where little girl Jenny witnesses a brutal, gruesome…