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August 6th, 2009, 2:10 pm #1

Ok, Sweden. What else is there other than Rymdinvasion i Lappland and Thriller en grym film out in Sweden?
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August 6th, 2009, 3:13 pm #2

To start with the horrorfilms!
There´s a few Swedish horrorfilms made up to the 90s, and most of them are not very good. (Not to mention those made later...)
Some of the more important are the few made by Calvin Floyd, an Irishman living in Sweden, Victor Frankenstein, Ondskans värdshus (The Sleep of Death) and the strange documentary Vem var Dracula? (In search of Dracula) . I believe Klubb super 8 are to release those three on dvd, but when it will happen is a different story...
Another early one is the really daft Skräcken har 1000 ögon (Horror has a 1000 eyes), sort of a sexy vampirefilm set in a snowy Norrland village, not very exciting unfortunally.
Then there is the truly horrible Blödaren (The Bleeder) made in 83 direct-to-video, it´s avalible on dvd but my advise is to avoided it, the risk of being bored to death is rather high... After that it´s Scorched Heat (shot in staggering English...) that i quite like, but it is BAD, and the follow up, the obscure but much better, Sound of Silence. And the cheapo-slasher Blood tracks (also in "english") - no dvd of any of them that i know of...
Actually the best swedish horrorfilm probably is the more "mainstream" Besökarna (The Visitors), it´s pretty effective, out on cheap dvd but unfortunally no subtitles....

Then of course it´s debatable in some of Bergman´s films can be classified as horror. I´d say at least Hour of the Wolf, Through a Glass Darkly, Persona, The Virgin Spring, The Rite... could be classed as such, and then all of a sudden some of the best horrorfilms ever made are Swedish!

Anyones i missed, Lars?

Oh yeah, a later, and pretty good one actually, is Det okända (The Unknown) from 2000, i think it might have been inspired by The Blair Witch Project, but not sure since i must confess i´ve never seen that one... It´s out on dvd but once again no subtitles.

Of course there were loads of sexploitationfilms made during the 70s, some fun but most boring. Also a few interesting exploitation ones apart from Thriller, will write more in a while....
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August 6th, 2009, 3:18 pm #3

magnus wrote: Another early one is the really daft Skräcken har 1000 ögon (Horror has a 1000 eyes), sort of a sexy vampirefilm set in a snowy Norrland village, not very exciting unfortunally.
Ehehehe, am I only one who actually likes this one? It has a feel of a Jean Rollin film... To be honest I saw Skräcken har 1000 ögon something like 15 years ago… If anyone has the Finnish tape for swap/sale PM me
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August 6th, 2009, 3:33 pm #4

Only 3 proper Westerns have been made in Sweden. (and all of them with the chubby comedian Carl Gustaf Lindstead in the lead...)
First is Wild West Story by Börje Nyberg from 1964 a very silly comedy, a bit like the Finnish Spede Pasanen westerns... The notorious Ninja/action/fluffy hair director Mats Helge Olssons first two films are also westerns, i´ve never heard of anyone that have seen the first one (exept for a critic from the mid 70s, saying it was "the worlds worst film") The Frozen star, and rumour has it that the only print was burned (by accident? you be the judge...) the next one is the very funny, but not intentionally, I död mans spår, (Dead Man´s Trail) shot at the western playground High Chaparall (still in excistence) in the woods of Småland. Well worth taking a look at, allthough the original tape is very rare, a fun thing is that the hero doesn´t have a horse but paddles around in a canoe... also there´s a very long scene of drunken ramblings, an indianchief and a duel straight from (ehum) For a Few Dollars More.

In the mid 90s a swedish punkrocklabel had big, unexpected, succes with some of their sing-a-long bands, the money they made from that they invested in making a (truly terrible) western called The Return of Jesus part 2. Most parts being played by various members of the labels punkband and shot on video. I believe this only have been shown on the "filmtour" they made with it in various punkcafés and gigplaces. I saw it at one of them and i can only hope it remains unreleased...
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August 6th, 2009, 6:24 pm #5

Utvandrarna (1971) and the sequel Nybyggarna (1972). Both available on the same DVD.
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August 6th, 2009, 6:41 pm #6

well, yeah those, at least the second one, are set in the west, but they´re no genrefilms. Jan Troell is (or at least was, haven´t seen any of his latest work) a good director allthough some of his films have a very slow pace.
Il Capitano from 1992 caused a lot of debate as it was based on a real killingincident, a whole family killed, that happend not to long before the film was made. pretty good film.
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August 6th, 2009, 8:20 pm #7

L.A. wrote: Utvandrarna (1971) and the sequel Nybyggarna (1972). Both available on the same DVD.
They were on TV when I was around 7 y.o. and we watched it all in my family - and I hated them! I still do altho I haven't watched them since. :lol:

Il Capitano was on Danish TV a few yrs back and it's pretty good.
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August 7th, 2009, 10:32 am #8

Anyone seen the Körkarlen made in 1921 Victor Sjöström? Or the 1976 film Förvandlingen by Ivo Dvorák? Or how about the Joe Sarno films made in Sweden? Or Torbjörn Axelmans Het Snö and Kameleonterna?
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August 7th, 2009, 11:02 am #9

Förvandlingen is one of the most obscure swedish films, never been able to find it or see it anywhere, sounds pretty intriguing. Based on the Kafka story "The Metamorphosis".
Körkarlen is probably THE biggest swedish masterpiece, both in terms of recognition over time and in pure inventivness. Great one. Screens here in Stockholm about once a year with live piano-music.
About Joe Sarno, well he did make quite a few films in Sweden in the 70s, from the most "classic" (and campy) of all swedish pornos Fäbojäntan, the dialogue in that one is beyond belief, to the weird Swedish wildcats with Christina Lindberg to the unwatchably daft and boring "action" film about nazis in the Stockholm archipelago SS Operation Wolfcub, starring Harry Reems and to be avoided at all costs...
Torbjörn Axelman also made some films with Lee Hazlewood in the lead, most notably the hippie-thriller Smoke, pretty good. But my favorite from him is another one called Flygnivå 450, set a few years in the future with paranoia and secret government schemes, strange one, but not really all that good to be honest...
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August 7th, 2009, 12:40 pm #10

dodo wrote:Anyone seen the Körkarlen made in 1921 Victor Sjöström?
I have seen Körkarlen. An interesting story about life and death. Definitely one of the best silent films ever made.

There is a very cool box set available called Svenska Stumfilmsklassiker (which I own myself ;)) including the following silent films:

Terje Vigen (Victor Sjöström, 1917)
Herr Arnes pengar (Mauritz Stiller, 1919)
Erotikon (Mauritz Stiller, 1920)
Körkarlen (Victor Sjöström, 1921)
Häxan (Benjamin Christensen, 1922)
Gösta Berlings saga (Mauritz Stiller, 1924)
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