The List’s List x Spætt Film

Tuesday saw our brief interview with Magnus Skatvold and Håvard Gosse from Spætt Film. During that interview, they gave us a few film suggestions.

Here they are, suggestions from the top of the film food chain!

Håvard:

Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels

A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash, and two antique shotguns.

Snatch

Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.

Norske Byggeklosser (1972)

This film is well known for its lead actor, Rolv Wesenlund, playing nine different roles. The story follows a married couple Ingrid and Olav Femte meets unforeseen troubles and bureaucracy when they build a new house. A hopeless and hilarious run-in with the system.

Magnus:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2

The classic band of heroes discovers the origins of the Ooze, the substance which made them mutate from regular turtles to teenage mutant ones, came from. Unfortunately their arch nemesis and supreme baddie, Shredder learns about it too and uses it to enhance himself. So the turtles have to prove again who’s the better ninja fighter.

Fargo

Fargo follows the journey of Jerry, who works in his father-in-law’s car dealership and has gotten himself into a spot of financial problems. He tries various schemes to come up with some money. When all that fails, he sets in motion a plan for two men to kidnap his wife for ransom to be paid by her wealthy father. From the moment of the kidnapping, things go very, very wrong and what was supposed to be a non-violent affair turns bloody. This violence turns loose a pregnant sheriff from Brainerd, MN who is tenacious in her attempts to solve the three murders in her jurisdiction

Apocolypse Now

 

One of the most iconic films ever produced, Apocolypse Now is set during the Vietnam War. Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.

Nord

After having a nervous breakdown, skier Jomar has isolated himself in a lonely existence as the guard of a ski park. Later on, he learns that he might be the father of a child, he sets out on a strange and poetic journey through Norway on a snowmobile, with 5 liters of alcohol as his only means of sustenance. His journey takes him through jaw-dropping arctic landscapes, but on the way, Jomar seems to do everything possible to avoid reaching his destination. He meets other tender and confused souls, who will all contribute to pushing Jomar further along his reluctant journey towards the brighter side of life.

Oslo 31 August

One day in the life of a young, recovering drug addict who takes a brief leave from his rehabilitation treatment center to interview for a job and catch up with old friends in Oslo.

Reprise

Two competitive friends, fueled by literary aspirations and youthful exuberance, endure the pangs of love, depression and burgeoning careers.

The List’s List: Norwegian Horror Films

With the Norwegian horror festival Ramaskrik starting up today and Halloween quickly approaching, we at The List thought this might be a good time to add something to the holiday fervor. So, without further ado here is our list of the best Norwegian horror films to scare yourself with on these cold October nights.

De Dødes Tjern / Lake of the Dead

An oldie, but a goldie. This film from 1958 is considered to be a classic in the Norwegian film industry, The story follows a group of teenagers doing one of the most Norwegian things possible, taking a trip to a cabin. Sounds peaceful, that is until the screams of a crazy man can be heard coming from the nearby lake.

Naboer / Next Door

This psychological thriller follows the post-breakup terror of the protagonist, John. His two female neighbors heard the less than amicable breakup through the walls and invite John into their flat to help console him. From there it is all sex, violence and psychosis – what more could you want for a down and dirty late night horror movie? This film is not for the faint of heart and rightly so, carries an 18+ rating. 

Fritt Vilt / Cold Prey

This film follows a group of friends on their backcountry snowboarding adventure near Jotunheimen. After a rather predictable accident one member of the group breaks his leg and the friends are forced to seek refuge in an abandoned alpine hotel, and of course there is someone else there. For classic horror fans, this film has a few nods to The Shining – see if you can spot them!  

Villmark

A new reality TV Show is on tap, and the crew decides to take a preparatory trip before they begin filming; the trip comes with a strict no cellphone policy. And can you believe it, its a trip to a cabin isolated deep in the woods. When a few members of the group stumble upon a dead body in the woods they believe they are just being tested, and decide against telling the others. But soon some weird and unnerving incidences occur and lead to paranoia, accusations, and mistrust among the crew.

Hjemsøkt

A new release Hjemsøkt follows our main character Catherine, played by Synnøve Macody Lund. When her father dies, Cathrine inherits the old family estate and travels alone to childhood funnels to sell the property and move on. Soon she realizes the house is holding its share dark secrets. She’s not alone, and what’s waiting for her behind the doors she can’t escape from. Check this one out on the screen at Ramaskrik!

Necessary Mentions

There are few Norwegian films as popular as the two Død Snø / Dead Snow films and Trollhunter. But you can’t have a list of Norwegian horror movies without at least mentioning them. So here they are! If you haven’t seen them, check em’ out (who doesn’t love a good nazi zombie movie?). If you have seen them, perhaps its time for another watch.