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…

Review: Sauna

Finland is not known for a great number of things, but their sauna – hot steam baths – is an international icon and therefore not surprisingly the theme of the historical horror film, Sauna. Set in the year 1595 on the soon-to-be border between Russia and Finland, a group of lower government officials are mapping…

Review: The Visitors

Sweden’s most popular haunted house movie, The Visitors, is a fun family romp, full of clichés but not hard to digest. The Nordic region bloomed late in terms of genre cinema and video films (Norway got its horror wave in the 00s, and Sweden and Denmark never got it), and when they finally caved in…

Review: Marianne

The debut feature of director-writer Filip Tegstedt, Marianne is a solid and haunting story about nightmares, a broken family and mental pain… which may not only be in the minds of the sufferers. In the Swedish chiller Marianne, Tomas Hedengran plays Krister, a middle aged teacher and father of two daughters. His wife was killed…

MARiannE

From the outskirts of Sweden, and from the outskirts of sanity, comes director-writer Filip Tegstedt’s feature debut, Marianne, a nightmare-chiller that mixes bad dreams and guilt with Nordic folklore. We have mentioned Marianne before and now finally, on April 11th, the film will be making its first wide release, on retail and rental DVD in…

Review: Body of water

An old legend, hostile locals, a young urban woman, and a dad with something to hide are the ingredients in this Finnish fantasy-thriller. A young urban lawyer, Julia, travels to her parents’ home village in order to assist an energy company in their exploitation of the area. Not surprisingly, the locals are not interested, and…

Review: Midsummer

Classic or chliché? Boring or psychological? Those are the questions one must ask after having seen Midsummer, the Danish horror film that puts a twist on the old “teens in the woods” horror subgenre. In order to celebrate their final exams, a group of Danish teens decides to celebrate midsummer in Sweden. They hire a…

Review: Tilbury

This very rare Icelandic spooky horror movie is about a creature native to Icelandic folklore, the tilberi. A shocking surprise to many viewers when it first aired, Tilbury is one of the best films made within horror and dark fantasy in the Nordic region in the 1980s. In the 1980s, Icelandic director Vidar Vikingsson made…