Christopher Lee series starts in Orion

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Christopher Lee was an actor whose career transcends the limitations of a single life. Truly a first class professional, his iconic roles include Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, Bond villain Scaramanga and Saruman. And that’s just the creme de la creme. Continue reading “Christopher Lee series starts in Orion”

DVD Release: Linnaisten vihreä kamari

Linnaisten_vihrea_kamariThis time we look at a recent DVD release that has strong historic and cultural value: Linnaisten vihreä kamari (1945) is a peculiar phenomenon in Finnish film history. Just imagine setting up a horror film in the midst of WWII. Continue reading “DVD Release: Linnaisten vihreä kamari”

First teaser trailer for Backwood Madness

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Today, we’re headed for the backwoods. Earlier, I’ve mentioned about Finnish rural backwoods which are vast and dark. From these surroundings jumps out Backwood Madness, a film that seems to really delve into the subject. Continue reading “First teaser trailer for Backwood Madness”

Interview with Joonas Makkonen, the director of Bunny the Killer Thing

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Bunny the Killer Thing started out as a short film. Where did you get the idea for the character?

Originally, when I started digging up my ancient movie ideas, in one script there was a hand doll size bunny, which killed people screaming ”Fresh Pussy!” Continue reading “Interview with Joonas Makkonen, the director of Bunny the Killer Thing”

My 10 picks at Night Visions

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It’s time for the raddest film festival in Helsinki, Night Visions Maximum Halloween 3015. This time I skipped the all-night-long horror movie binge and focused on screenings at day/evening time. I guess I’m becoming old. So, without further ado, here are my 10 picks to watch at this autumns festival. Continue reading “My 10 picks at Night Visions”

Night Visions offers horror, sexual fantasies and iconic classics

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The film festival year gets wrapped up in style, as Night Visions Maximum Halloween 3015 -festival brings to table its wicked mixture of genre film in Helsinki from Wednesday November 4th until Sunday November 8th.

44 feature films, mostly premieres, will be screened in Maxim and Kinopalatsi film theatres during the five day festival. Night Visions will also be the last festival to be organised in the atmospheric Maxim, so grab your chance. Continue reading “Night Visions offers horror, sexual fantasies and iconic classics”

The Top 3 Finnish Horror Movie Villains

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3. Johannes (Kuutamosonaatti, 1988)

Finland is a fairly large country, especially when considering the amount of people. There’s a lot of room for everyone, and for some serious rural backdrops as well. Kuutamosonaatti was released in 1988, 14 years after the release of rural horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Continue reading “The Top 3 Finnish Horror Movie Villains”

HIFF 2015: Extraordinary Tales

Raul Garcia’s animated anthology of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories, Extraordinary Tales, was actually my first pick at this years festival. There’s a couple of good reasons. Firstly, I love horror and Edgar Allan Poe’s stories, and secondly, in the near past I’ve worked on some puppet animation myself. Continue reading “HIFF 2015: Extraordinary Tales”

HIFF 2015: The Lobster and Drone – a Dive into the Surreal

ceqfnmsw8aemk7wGood start to this years festival. My next two movies were somewhat related, though not in the most obvious way. I’ll go into that later.

The concept for The Lobster is hilarious: “In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into animals and sent off into The Woods.” Continue reading “HIFF 2015: The Lobster and Drone – a Dive into the Surreal”

HIFF 2015: Turbo Kid

Off we go. My first screening at the annual Helsinki International Film Festival was the action sci-fi movie Turbo Kid. Lots of hype and positive anticipation surrounded this movie prior screening, and I’m not gonna lie – I hate hype. So the movie probably lost some of its edge before I’d even seen one frame of it. Continue reading “HIFF 2015: Turbo Kid”