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…

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…

The Rain preview

Now showing is the new Danish TV drama The Rain, set in a post-apocalyptic Scandinavia where a virus killed most of the inhabitants. Premiering on Netflix today on May the 4th, The Rain was filmed in Denmark and Sweden from June 2017 and a few weeks into the summer, and is Netflix’s first original Danish…

Heartless final episodes

In April and May 2014, the new supernatural teen drama Heartless aired in Denmark. After 5 episodes and an unresolved ending, the fate of the series was uncertain. But now, three new episodes will wrap up what is a unique effort in Nordic TV drama. Three years ago, the Danish commercial broadcaster Kanal 5 (part of the…

More money for horror

Nordic genre movies are not only met with greater success these days, but also gaining more formal support, as NFTF’s new funding scheme is evidence of. The last few years, the organization Nordic Genre Invasion (backed by various producers and production companies) has promoted horror and fantasy films in industry environments. And now, for the…

Welcome to 2015

After a solid 2014, the new year promises to be an interesting period for Nordic genre cinema. The effects of a few small, random indie hits are now starting to make waves for real. The leap into a new year is time for reflections on the past and hopes for the future. But first, let…

Heartless continues

In spite of lackluster viewing numbers and a reluctant broadcaster, the Danish supernatural series Heartless will continue, and hopefully round off in good fashion. While penned by many reviewers and abandoned by viewers, the most surprising part about the 5-part TV drama was that the first season ended on a cliffhanger, and nothing suggested the…

The darkness of Heartless

Since when was it a good idea to produce and broadcast TV series that does not solve the key mystery at the end? Cliffhangers work only if there is a continuation. As I write this, Norwegian state broadcaster NRK has just finished showing the Danish supernatural TV series Heartless. Its Danish world premiere only a…

Review: Heartless

Heartless is the first genre drama for teens produced for the Danish TV channel Kanal 5, and as such also their first original drama production ever. The supernatural series deals with anxiety and identification and other common teen themes. Set at an oldfashioned boarding school where girls were only allowed to study in recent years,…

Review: The Troll Hunter

Tourists who visit Norway will be very familiar with the thousands of troll figures on display in souvenir shops. Nice, cosy, cute, creatures of fairy tales. All a lie, of course. Trolls are real. Trolls are evil. Trolls are lethal. And the Norwegian government are directing a massive cover-up to hide their existence from the…

Troll Hunter on DVD in February

The Troll Hunter will be released on DVD in Norway on February 9th, 2011. The mockumentary has been a big success in theatres and is also winning distribution overseas. Until now, 191.000 Norwegians have seen The Troll Hunter, which makes it one of the most popular Norwegian films in 2010, with only three other movies…

Solid troll opening weekend

The Norwegian horror-fantasy-comedy Troll Hunter enjoyed a solid opening weekend; it drew 50.000 people to the theatres, placing it at the top of opening weekend charts this year. The Troll Hunter, about three students who are making a documentary about a shy troll hunter, officially sold 49.852 tickets this weekend, although some theatres have not…

Troll Hunter goes to Magnet

Good news for US troll fans; Magnet Releasing has acquired theatrical rights for the Norwegian mockumentary, The Troll Hunter. The deal includes the world (except Europe) so maybe the movie will be seen in theatres elsewhere too, and if not, on video in many territories. The Troll Hunter opens in Norway on October 29, 2010,…

Trollhunter preview

A new mockumentary about trolls is coming from Norway in October, entitled Trolljegeren in its original language. The producers claim that trolls exist, but wether the movie can be taken seriously when several comediens are in it, remains to be seen. The story in the fictional documentary – a mockumentary – is about three media…