Night Visions brings in Norwegian thrillers

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This spring, Night Visions -festival hits back with a force. 32 movies from 16 different countries. The 20-year-old festival also expands to more theatres than ever. The new hosts for screenings will be Culture Factory Korjaamo and Culture Arena Gloria.

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RENDEL releases first teaser trailer

Rendel

So here we are. With a new, dark superhero called Rendel, and its first teaser trailer. First of all, superheroes aren’t exactly my thing. But when a superhero film emerges from such an unlikely place as Finland, it’s bound to be interesting.

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Rewriting a short film script – a total reboot

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.

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“It’s Alive!” – SFI launches a new programme for horror shorts

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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. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2016.

-We want to be scared, really scared, and we want horror movies that reflect both the present and the future. We’re also aware that genre movies traditionally attract lots of male filmmakers, and therefore we’d like to point out that we really expect women directors to apply
, SFI’s short film advisor Andreas Fock says.

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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.

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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

Bunny

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”