- X 2019
Magnus Paulsson, Karl Penser (executive), Göran Lindström (executive) for Solid Entertainment
directed by Anders Banke
starring Petra Nielsen, Carl-Åke Eriksson, Grete Havnesköld, Emma Åberg, Jonas Lawes, Niklas Grönberg, Gustav Johansson, Linnea Jonsson, Nour El-Refai, Jonas Karlström, Måns Nathanaelson, Mikael Göransson, Anna Lindholm, Malin Vulcano, Sara Arnia, Erik Dalin, Thomas Hedengran, Björn Anderson, Kristian Pehrsson, Per Löfberg, Karl Penser, Eric Lagergren, Patrik Karlson, Jens Olsson, Anders Carlsson, Hubertus Buchinger, Mikael Tornvig, Kenneth Waara, Elin Gustavsson, Aurora Roald, Eva Westerling, Isidor Torkar, Helena Thornqvist, Joar Löfberg, Anders Johansson, Måns Nilsson, Ulla Lyttkens, Linn Bülow
written by Daniel Ojanlatva, contributing writer: Pidde Andersson, music by Anthony Lledo, special effects by Fido Film, Ulitka
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In 1944, Gerhard Beckert (Carl-Åke
Eriksson) was a soldier with the Nazis in the Ukraine, but
when his battallion was cut off the main army, they discovered vampires -
and the vampires had soon bitten all of them.
Nowadays, Beckert, who has
hardly aged at all, works as a doctor in a hospital in a small Swedish
town where the nights last for half a year, and he's a specialist in
genetic engineering. He also has a private patient, young Maria (Aurora
Roald), a souvenir he brought from the Ukraine, and she's really a vampire
he likes to experiment on, as he tries to turn himself into something more
than just a vampire. It seems, from her essence he has produced pills that
can turn humans into vampires, which wouldn't be half as bad if a student
doctor, Sebastian (Jonas Karlström), hadn't stolen the pills and tried
them himself, and event hat wouldn't yet be half as bad if the pills
weren't stolen from him and given out as ecstasy at a party - that soon
turns into a bloodbath.
Add to this story Annika (Petra Nielsen) and her
daughter Saga (Greta Havnesköld), newcomers to the town, and while at the
climax, Annika has to fight Beckert and ultimately defeats him with little
Maria's help, but not before she is turned into a vampire, Saga is the
only one at the party who manages to remain human - but then she escapes
town with her mother and Maria ...
A vampire movie that tries very hard to stay hip, modern, scientific,
un-gothic ... but as a result has little new to offer to the genre. In
fact the movie ultimately quotes everything from old Hammer
films to Lost Boys, from Near Dark to Underworld,
without adding anything essentially new to the genre - though the party
turned into a bloodbath is at least inspired. Additional to that, the
gargoyle-like monster into which Beckert turns at the climax has been done
better elsewhere, while very little is made of the arctic night-premise
- in fact, everything that goes on in this film happens in one single
regular night, so what's the point?
All that said, the film at least has
a vampire being impaled by a garden gnome, but that's hardly enough to
really save the movie, is it?