Frostbiten (2006)

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FROSTBITEN

Petra Nielson, Emma Åberg, Grete Havnesköld, Jonas Karlström, Måns Nathanaelson, Carl-Åke Eriksson, Mikael Göransson, Anna Lindholm, Björn Andersson & Sara Arnia / Screenplay Daniel Ojanlatva / Make-up Effects  Martina Nilsson /  Soundtrack Anthony Lledo / Cinematography Chris Maris / Producer Natasha Banke  / Director Anders Banke

Frostbiten is a rather cool little Vampire film from Sweden that manages to strut the fine line between comedy and genuine horror with wit & style. It’s surprising that such a film hasn’t been made before now, given the Pop culture of Sweden and the handy connection between Vampires and a land of winter darkness. Sweden hasn’t been too well known for it’s cinema in recent years, but things are looking up for Scandinavia, despite the loss of cinematic master Ingmar Bergman. Horror seems an ideal choice and quite a refreshing move into the global arena. The awful ‘Boy eats Girl’ (Irish) tried something similar a while back, before the huge success of ‘Shawn of the Dead’ (British) awoke Hollywood to the potential of low budget horror comedy from foreign waters. Frostbiten though, owes far more to the likes of Polanski’s haunting ‘Fearless Vampire Hunters’ (Dance of the Dead), Carpenter’s snowbound ‘The Thing’ and Joel Schumacher ‘The Lost Boys’. It’s not a perfect film, but it has the simplistic feel of an 80’s low budget horror, given substance by a disconcerting landscape and quirky sense of humour.

The characters are fairly two dimensional on the whole, but Emma Åberg stands out as real star material and super cool with it, her Vampiric transformation teasingly held back till the last act. I really hope that there isn’t a dubbed version out there, seeing as how the Swedish language is so expressive and gives the youthful cast such cool swagger. I won’t give too much of the story away..the plot unfolds so nicely that I’d feel guilty giving too much away. Listen out for a great set of musical interludes by newcomer Anthony Lledo. Did I mention how beautiful Emma Åberg is? Well, I’ll say it again..

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