Don’t unpack just yet, we are staying over for another discussion of Nordic Horror.
As we found last week, there has been a surprising variety of output from this area of the world (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark) which provided us with an interesting list of movie titles to cover. So many in fact that we are picking up right where we left off. This week we take a look at several titles that have generally not found a presence here in North America and discuss the possible reasons. While there are certainly original and unique entries in the horror genre coming from this region, this week we prove that a lack of reinvention in the storytelling format to satisfy proven tastes is not just a Hollywood studio issue.
The selection of titles discussed this week include Lake of the Dead (1958), The Whore (2009), Manhunt (2008), Thriller: A Cruel Picture (1974), Dark Woods (2003), Room 205 (2007) and Sauna (2008). Previously we had posed a Bergman challenge which resulted in an executive decision to forego that discussion this week in favour of a spotlight episode – more to come.
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