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Actors: Petra Nielsen, Carl-Åke Eriksson, Grete Havnesköld, Emma Åberg, Jonas Lawes
Director: Anders Banke
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
NR     1hr 38min

Annika, a medical doctor and her 17-year old daughter Saga have just moved to a small cold town far up north, as Annika is going to work at the hospital there. At her new school Saga meets a bizarre goth-girl named Vega wh...  more »


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Actors: Petra Nielsen, Carl-Åke Eriksson, Grete Havnesköld, Emma Åberg, Jonas Lawes
Director: Anders Banke
Creators: Chris Maris, Göran Lindström, Karl Penser, Magnus Paulsson, Natasha Banke, Daniel Ojanlatva, Pidde Andersson
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Wellspring Media
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
Original Release Date: 01/01/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005
Run Time: 1hr 38min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 8
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, Finnish, German, Swedish
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Creative | CA | 04/07/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Steve 67 needs to spend some time developing a sense of humour - or learning to spell.
Yes, there IS a talking dog in it with no other purpose than to be funny. Guess what?
Frostbite is MEANT to be funny, and is fully deserving of a place alongside Sean of the Dead, Galaxy Quest and American Werewolf in London. Pay no attention to those who miss the point - this is a great, vastly-underrated, and FUNNY horror film."
Vampires with a Swedish, Nazi Twist!
Christopher Thomas Rennirt | Louisville, KY USA | 01/24/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Frostbitten is a Swedish-made horror movie about vampires with a Nazi SS bloodline. Yes, you heard that right--Nazi SS vampires! It also has a very effective dark humor which runs throughout the movie. Frostbitten is only in Swedish language, with optional English subtitles. So, if subtitles annoy you then, this one may not be for you, no matter what. However, if you can handle that, then you may find this one an entertaining and rather humorous gem of a lesser-known horror film.

For all you hard-core war/horror fans out there, Frostbitten mostly just begins with a war-related scene. However, it's really quite a good one. From there, the war/SS theme runs throughout the movie and continues only as the basis for what's happening otherwise.

About right now, you're probably wondering exactly where and how the Nazi/war element weaves within this otherwise hardcore vampire movie. Well, it begins at the very beginning. As the movie opens, a group of SS soldiers from the 5th SS Panzergrenadier Division Wiking are seeking shelter in a seemingly deserted, snow-covered cabin in the woods. Once inside, the SS soldiers find that the cabin is not so deserted as they thought. Inside, they begin an unwinnable battle with the undead which produces vampire lineage surviving into present-day Sweden. The original SS Officer is later the head of the clan, with all sorts of modern-day vampiric adventures. This movie is in the same vein (no pun intendend) as the recent 30 Days of Night which deals with a vampire party during a month-long period of natural darkness.

As I said earlier, Frostbitten has some very effective dark humor (which I love). There is even a hilarious scene involving a talking dog, which you have to see to understand and appreciate. I'm not even going to attempt to explain it, although it does make sense when it happens. The acting and special effects are also quite good, always keeping the movie better than it might be otherwise.

In the end, as promised, Frostbitten does circle back into the the SS soldier theme, with a climax in which the heroine does battle with the undead SS vampire fuhrer. It's all really better than it sounds, believe it or not. This is really one of those movies that only seems ridiculous when when one tries to describe it. The intentional dark humor element only helps to make that even more difficult.

Trust me. Frostbitten will take a serious bite out of most anyone who takes the time to experience it. For some, that bite may be more enjoyable than expected. So, expose yourself to the thrills, and get Frostbitten today!
Blood and ICE...Horror Film That Blends Quirky Humor and Sli
Woopak | Where Dark Asian Knights Dwell | 10/07/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I was impressed with Sweden`s own art house vampire film "Let The Right One In", so of course, I was very interested when I heard about "Frostbitten" (or Frostbiten according to the film's opening credits), Sweden`s first vampire movie. Directed by Anders Banke, the film is another vampire flick that blends quirky humor, visceral vampirism and genetics as its main premise. The film is a little flimsy if you talk about its plot but the movie is quite fun.

Annika (Petra Nielsen) and her daughter Saga (Grete Hayneskold) had just moved into a snow-laden town somewhere in Sweden. Annika had accepted a position at a local hospital led by an enigmatic Doctor Beckert (Carl-Ake Eriksson). The area is currently experiencing a month-long lack of sunlight and abundance of polar weather. Meanwhile, a young cocky medical assistant named Sebastian (Jonas Carlstrom) steals a batch of red pills from Beckert's office, either out of curiosity or for a "party favor" for his friend Vega (Emma Aberg) isn't really clear. After Sebastian takes a red pill, he begins to feel a little sick and very odd; his senses become enhanced, he even begins to hear dogs talk and has gained an intolerance to normal food. Sebastian also finds that he is slowly developing a lust for blood...

Let's see, "Frostbitten" isn't going to make my list of favorite vampire films but I have to admit the movie does have its charm. I guess the best way to describe the movie would be a collision of quirky comedy and blood-soaked adrenaline, it bounces around jump scares and comedy while maintaining a feeling of tension. The movie's plot is full of gaps and characterization is kept at a bare minimum. The "30 Days of Night" angle isn't really brought into play as much as I would have liked since this element only serves as a very minor ingredient to the film's plot. The film's central focus falls upon its teenage characters such as Sebastian, Vega and company who are out to have fun.

Sebastian takes center stage as the first victim of the red pill. His slow transformation to a vampire pretty much sets the film's tone and I have to admit, the sequences really cracked me up. It comes off a little grim at times, as we see Sebastian trying to drink his household condiments (ketchup, milk, juice etc.) and finds that his body is rejecting them. The young man's meeting with his girlfriend's parents become rather humorous as her father is a minister and you can guess what happens when he hears him saying `grace' and gets fed with a trout cooked in garlic sauce. Yes, the film does have its charm and parts of it were very funny and entertaining.

Sadly, the film has several plot missteps that I thought were just rather disappointing. The plot with our mysterious Dr. Beckert is a little underdeveloped that this subplot never becomes compelling or interesting. I also felt that the sequences with Beckert and Annika didn't match the tone of the rest of the film. In this area, the film feels rather episodic and lacked coherency in its script. I thought the movie was going to be a solid comedic bloodbath but this area just felt a little too forced. The Nazi angle at the beginning of the film didn't really reach any inherent gravity to the narrative; it feels rather insignificant. It does provide some background to the vampire named Maria and to Beckert, but the way it just becomes attached into the plot is very difficult to buy into. However, I liked Beckert's transformation sequence, I thought it was a good homage to old-school effects.

"Frostbitten" has a lot of things going on between the fun-hungry teenagers and the Annika-Beckert struggle and the film does have several editing tricks up its sleeve. It did hold my focus and I felt like I was watching one of your cheesy horror low-budget films. I guess this was what the director intended. The vampires are curiously very sensitive to light, they can be repelled by a copy machine and even by a car's powerful headlights. The vampires themselves have the superhuman qualities we see in most vampire movies; strong, fast and feral. The vampires can be killed by the usual traditional means. The film also does have very nice cinematography that accentuates the frozen environment. From the indoors and the outdoors, the film does have the right atmosphere.

This Swedish vampire thriller relies on its visuals and brings the core of its story from genetic studies. I thought the transformation from human to vampire through the use of a pill is a little hard to buy into. The film is also very predictable and rather unoriginal; it also lacks innovation and feels very routine with its barefaced scares. To its credit, the film does have its charm and leanness; the film has enough vampire stunts, humor and bloody scenes to charm the horror fan. The film is amiable enough and accompanied by good visuals, "Frostbitten" can be fun when you're in the mood for a vampire movie with flamboyance and comedic allure.

Recommended! [3 Stars= Good with Flaws and Redeeming Qualities]
The possibilities!
Anna Tsepkova | 03/06/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I'm usually not harsh on movies and my expertise on vampire films lacks a great deal but this Swedish `horror' film was almost painful to sit through. This movie started off with all the components of making it a truly great and darkening story; a never-ending curse dating back to WWII, isolation in the cold and dark with no escape, foreign lands and unknown territories. (Not to mention a research laboratory! the number of potential shocking scenarios were endless). As the depressing Russian song played in the background I was set up for a cold and bitter tale of an inescapable unnatural haunting and feeding on the human kind through the centuries. Instead the film cut to current time of teenage drug obsession and not in an interesting matter. The deep and dark secret (which itself was a predictable disappointment) of the peculiar doctor was overshadowed by the fact that vampirism became a minuscule infection transported through pills. The constant struggle of comedy and horror was tiring and boring; at a certain point nothing could come up on the screen that would surprise or interest me. The humor was so desperate and obvious that at some times I thought this couldn't possibly be a comedy film; yet the talking dogs and over-portrayed teenagers proved me wrong.
The drug hungry youth was transformed into vampires through small red pills that were stolen from the laboratory. The interesting question arises of what exactly it means to be a vampire in this movie. The act of actually becoming a vampire and solely feeding on victims is not distinguished; anybody can join the club either by getting eaten in random places, bit, or by taking a nicely packaged red pill that embodies all the necessities to make one a vampire. Or even better by drinking two sips of alcoholic punch that dissolves these pills in seconds. Nobody is chosen to be vampire because of certain skills, there is not ritual of blood exchange to make someone a follower - just take the pill, or be eaten.
The film lacked details that make a movie interesting and thrilling; but mostly the direction was just wrong. The storyline could have been molded to fit the dark beginning, instead it focused on an epidemic with no background of the "disease/infection or curse".