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Låt den rätte komma in (Let the Right One In), 2008

Director: Tomas Alfredson
Stars: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar

Tomas Alfredson’s “Let The Right One In” is an original, dark, twisted and gory horror fantasy, one of those special films that are hard to classify. Not merely an exercise in style, his film is a brilliant piece of amoral storytelling, and even if some characters’ actions defy any logic or common sense (I don’t wanna spoil any moment here, but you’ll know what I mean when the first revenge moment of the story happens), they seem to be there just to remind you that this is just a fantasy tale (but not for the little ones!). Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant) is a 12 year-old bullied boy that befriends and develops an innocent crush on his new neighbor, Eli (Lina Leandersson), who happens to be a vampire. What comes next is a twisted tale of revenge and pubescent love, made with visual flair (the swimming pool scene is already classic), creative directing and impressive performances by the young pair of protagonists.

It has something big and stunning about this lovely storyline to rivet my attention from the beginning to the end. Moreover, the cinematography and atmosphere in this film are undeniably superb. The chemistry between two preteen protagonists is outstanding and very believable. Everything in this film is well-made in synchronization.

This movie does the same thing with vampirism — what would it be like if there was a vampire in 1970’s Sweden? The most interesting thing about the picture to me is that it makes some really awful stuff seem sympathetic. The leading boy sends a bully to the E/R, apparently having ruined one of his ears for life. The leading girl kills people. But we’re totally on their side.

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Vargtimmen (Hour of the Wolf), 1968

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Stars: Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Gertrud Fridh

You could argue that the film is somewhat muddled or small in scale compared to many of Bergman’s other films from this era, in particular, the aforementioned Persona, as well Shame and A Passion, which are both equally as great. Even Bergman himself admits in his memoirs that the perspective of the film was never fully developed, despite his best efforts to correct the problems in post-production; something that no doubt led to the awkward, though never less than interesting creation of the confessional framing device. Here, Bergman to some extent pre-dates a film like The Blair Witch Project (1999) by some forty or so years by creating a work that claims to be based on a true story – in this instance, the psychological breakdown and disappearance of an artist, as documented by his own wife and diary entries – despite clearly being a work of fiction. From this the film becomes weighted from the perspective of Alma, the wife of the artist, who discusses her husband’s final days with an unseen film crew.

There is an earlier low budget American film that could’ve of been an influence on this film & others to come, 1962’s, “Carnival of Souls.” Another masterpiece of alternative surrealistic realities. “Carnival of Souls” & “Hour of the Wolf,” are direct precedents to the films Lynch would make later, especially his eerie black & white opus, “Erasurehead.”

Because the movie was made in 1968, it is just old enough that some of the techniques displayed are original. There is a flashback scene where Johan is remembering a day fishing by the sea with his son. The scene is very disturbing but the image quality is unusual — high-contrast and very bright. It makes for a highly tense experience. Other than that, the usual desolation of Bergman is captured in scenes where Johan is walking in the rugged terrain around the cottage. There are a few scenes that qualify as traditional “horror” although they are not hugely scary in this day and age. The castle makes a good setting for scenes involving lots of shadows where people appear unexpectedly, again, not causing any jumps or starts in the audience. All in all, one has to conclude that Bergman was feeling his usual pretentious self when he made this one.

Körkarlen, 1921

Director: Victor Sjöström
Stars: Victor Sjöström, Hilda Borgström, Tore Svennberg

This is a movie that is made great by its story. The story is told in ‘A Christmas Carol’ kind of way, in which the death himself confronts the deceased with his past, present and what could have been. It’s of course a story that concentrates on morals and it does this very well. The message comes across as very powerful and effective. This is of course also definitely due to the effective directing from the father of Swedish cinema; Victor Sjöström.

On New Year’s Eve, Edit, an urban missionary worker lies dying from consumption. She makes a request to see a notorious drunkard David Holm ( Seastrom ) one more time but he refuses to honor her request. He opts instead to remain with his drunken pals and tell the story of The Phantom Carriage that impresses the last person to die in the year to go around to pick up the dead. When Holm rebuffs the entreaty of Edit’s co-worker his bottle buddies beat him to death and much to his grief he gets the job of the collector’s assistant.

Besökarna (The Visitors) 1988

Director: Jack Ersgard
Stars: Kjell Bergqvist, Lena Endre, Johannes Brost

It all starts out with a series of events in the families new house in a town outskirt, where everything for a start seems to be quite alright (with a couple of flaws of course), then for some reason they start to notice that something is happening to the house, the tapestries start to fall off in one of the rooms, in another nothing ‘feels’ right, and then it all gets creepier and creepier.

This Swedish horror movie is the scariest that ever been watched by my eyes. It is not a patriot thing from me as a Swede, no i am totally honest in my opinion. The Americans tried with “Amityville horror” and “The haunting” but they fall so flat in comparison. Here we have scary camerawork, creepy locations and some good acting from the people involved. Fascinating how soundeffects can be so scary and it has never worked as good as in this movie. Find this movie and you will be aware of a pure horror experience.

Wither (2012)
Wither posterRating: 5.1/10 (968 votes)
Director: Sonny Laguna, Tommy Wiklund
Writer: Sonny Laguna, David Liljeblad, Tommy Wiklund
Stars: Patrik Almkvist, Lisa Henni, Patrick Saxe, Johannes Brost
Runtime: 95 min
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Released: 09 Aug 2013
Plot: Ida and Albin are a happy couple. They set off to a cabin in the vast Swedish woodlands to have a fun holiday with their friends. But under the floorboards waits an evil from Sweden's dark past.
Drowning Ghost (2004)
Drowning Ghost posterRating: 4.6/10 (1,549 votes)
Director: Mikael Håfström
Writer: Mikael Håfström, Vasa
Stars: Rebecka Hemse, Jesper Salén, Jenny Ulving, Peter Eggers
Runtime: 100 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Released: 15 Oct 2004
Plot: Hundred years ago, three students at the Hellestads Boarding School were brutally slaughtered, the murderer drowned himself in a lake nearby and his body was never found. The story has ...
Frostbitten (2006)
Frostbitten posterRating: 5.5/10 (3,305 votes)
Director: Anders Banke
Writer: Daniel Ojanlatva, Pidde Andersson (contributing writer)
Stars: Petra Nielsen, Carl-Åke Eriksson, Grete Havnesköld, Emma Åberg
Runtime: 98 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Released: 24 Feb 2006
Plot: Vampires terrorize a city in Norrbotten.
The Cellar (2003)
The Cellar posterRating: 5.7/10 (212 votes)
Director: Martin Kjellberg, Nils Wåhlin
Writer: Martin Kjellberg, Nils Wåhlin
Stars: Mattias Ohlsson, Sandra Tordardottir, Henrik Danielsson, David Clausson
Runtime: 73 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Released: 13 Feb 2008
Plot: Four college students majoring in art have rented a remote summerhouse for the weekend to get some peace and quiet while working on their latest projects. Their stay quickly becomes ...
The Parson's Widow (1920)
The Parson's Widow posterRating: 7.4/10 (563 votes)
Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Writer: Carl Theodor Dreyer (screen adaptation), Kristofer Janson (after a story by)
Stars: Hildur Carlberg, Einar Röd, Greta Almroth, Olav Aukrust
Runtime: 71 min
Rated: TV-14
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Horror
Released: 04 Oct 1920
Plot: A young man is elected by a small village to be its parson. As part of his duties, he is required to marry the widow of the parson before him. This poses two problems--first, the widow is ...
Shoggoth (2012)
Shoggoth posterRating: 7.2/10 (27 votes)
Director: Martin Strauss, Jens Wadenius
Writer: Martin Strauss, Jens Wadenius
Stars: Julius Tyrling, Therese Andersson, Nathaniel Johansson, Daniel Kristiansson
Runtime: 63 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Horror
Released: 10 Nov 2012
Plot: Filmen handlar om fyra personer som ska ha en mysig helg i stugan och sedan skiter det sig. En monsterfilm inspirerad av H.P Lovecraft. Philip ( ) mår inte bra...
Kammaren (2007)
Kammaren posterRating: 5.1/10 (33 votes)
Director: Robert P. Olsson
Writer: Björn-Erik Karlsson (screenplay), H.P. Lovecraft (inspiration), Robert P. Olsson (screenplay)
Stars: Robert P. Olsson, Johan Eriksson, Glenn Johansson, Kaj Stenberg
Runtime: N/A
Rated: N/A
Genre: Drama, Horror
Released: 04 May 2007
Plot: Tore Forsman is an old man, most people would call strange or even mad. He lives in an old house on the country side. All his life he has kept something locked and sealed under his house. ...
Vem är du? (2005)
Vem är du? posterRating: 4.4/10 (90 votes)
Director: Jonas Skelterwijk
Writer: Jonas Skelterwijk
Stars: Estelle Lönnberg, Anna Rydberg, Nour El-Refai, Nils Olsson
Runtime: 91 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Released: 07 Apr 2005
Plot: An old abandoned liquor factory, three young men, three young women and one Ouija board. Kim, Kalle and Johan have invited their friends, Lisa, Åsa and Stina to the large decayed apartment ...
På djupet (2009)
På djupet posterRating: N/A/10 (N/A votes)
Director: Henrik Sjöman
Writer: Henrik Sjöman (screenplay)
Stars: Christian Magdu, Annika Olsson, Robert P. Olsson, Tanya Rolof
Runtime: 96 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Released: N/A
Plot: Four friends, Daniel, Greta, Fredrik and Nils will spend a week in Fredrik's fathers summerhouse. But the vacation takes an ugly turn when Fredrik gets caught in a rope with an anchor and ...

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