One of my ongoing projects is rewriting a 30-page short film script I wrote six years ago as part of my bachelor’s thesis. It is a ghost story based on true events. The interesting thing about coming back to and rewriting something this old, was in the way the script felt absolutely fresh and raw. Continue reading “Rewriting a short film script – a total reboot”
The Swedish Film Institute (SFI) has launched a new programme for creative horror shorts produced by established or fledgling film makers. Dubbed It’s Alive!, the programme will co-fund a maximum of five shorts in its first year. Continue reading ““It’s Alive!” – SFI launches a new programme for horror shorts”
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”
This 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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”