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Tommy Gustafsson and Pietari Kääpä

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748693184

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693184.001.0001

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Slasher in the Snow: The Rise of the Low-Budget Nordic Horror Film

Slasher in the Snow: The Rise of the Low-Budget Nordic Horror Film

(p.189) 13. Slasher in the Snow: The Rise of the Low-Budget Nordic Horror Film
Nordic Genre Film

Tommy Gustafsson

Edinburgh University Press

Arguably, the horror film is the most frowned upon film genre, perhaps only surpassed by the porn film. Historically, the horror film has often been seen by Nordic film critics and film censors since the 1930s as something foreign or as yet another sign of unlawful Americanisation. Although the production of genre films has been prominent among all Nordic film industries ever since the silent film period, these genre films have mostly consisted of comedies and, especially in recent years, crime and detective films. The Nordic horror film in all its shapes and forms has been an anomaly in the Nordic countries, and this argument does not include the somewhat anachronistic genre labelling of films such as The Phantom Chariot (Körkarlen, Victor Sjostrom, 1921) and The Vampire (Vampyr, Carl Theodore Dreyer, 1932).

Keywords:   Horror, Nordic horror, City, Countryside, Religion

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