Favorite Nordic Horror Films

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1. Let the Right One In (2008)

R | 114 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

82 Metascore

Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.

Director: Tomas Alfredson | Stars: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl

Votes: 201,048 | Gross: $2.12M

2. Trollhunter (2010)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

61 Metascore

A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter.

Director: André Øvredal | Stars: Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg, Knut Nærum, Glenn Erland Tosterud

Votes: 66,509 | Gross: $0.25M

3. Lake of the Dead (1958)

76 min | Horror, Thriller, Mystery

A group of friends travel to a cabin in the Norwegian forest. It's a rumor that at night a crazy man can be heard screaming at a lake nearby the cabin.

Director: Kåre Bergstrøm | Stars: André Bjerke, Bjørg Engh, Henki Kolstad, Per Lillo-Stenberg

Votes: 1,655

4. Cold Prey (2006)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Thriller

5 young Norwegians head up to the mountains to snowboard. One breaks his leg and it's getting dark soon, so they spend the night in a big, abandoned hotel, closed 30 years ago. They are not alone.

Director: Roar Uthaug | Stars: Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Rolf Kristian Larsen, Tomas Alf Larsen, Endre Martin Midtstigen

Votes: 16,701

5. Sommarens tolv månader (1988 TV Movie)

130 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Two construction workers are offered an unusual contract. Great pay, but they don't know where they're going or what they are supposed to build. They are brought to a place with 12 months of summer.

Director: Richard Hobert | Stars: Hans Mosesson, Bergljót Arnadóttir, Victoria Möllerström-Hjelm, Göran Stangertz

Votes: 196

6. Rare Exports (2010)

R | 84 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

71 Metascore

In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 meters deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up. This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus.

Director: Jalmari Helander | Stars: Jorma Tommila, Onni Tommila, Peeter Jakobi, Tommi Korpela

Votes: 25,276 | Gross: $0.26M

7. Häxan (1922)

Not Rated | 91 min | Fantasy, History, Horror

Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe.

Director: Benjamin Christensen | Stars: Benjamin Christensen, Elisabeth Christensen, Maren Pedersen, Clara Pontoppidan

Votes: 11,484

8. The Doll (1962)

96 min | Drama, Fantasy

A lonely night watchman at a department store develops a fixation on one of the store's mannequins. He soon steals her and brings her to his home, where he can be with her all the time. One day, she comes to life...

Director: Arne Mattsson | Stars: Per Oscarsson, Gio Petré, Tor Isedal, Elsa Prawitz

Votes: 254

9. The White Reindeer (1952)

Not Rated | 74 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A newly wed woman goes to the local shaman to get some help with her lovelife, but instead gets turned into a white reindeer vampire.

Director: Erik Blomberg | Stars: Mirjami Kuosmanen, Kalervo Nissilä, Åke Lindman, Jouni Tapiola

Votes: 1,359

10. Sauna (2008)

Unrated | 83 min | Horror

As a 25-year war between Russia and Sweden concludes, two brothers who are part of an effort to outline new border accords become undone by their actions, and their mistreatment of a young woman during their journey.

Director: Antti-Jussi Annila | Stars: Ville Virtanen, Tommi Eronen, Viktor Klimenko, Rain Tolk

Votes: 6,665

11. Through a Glass Darkly (1961)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

Recently released from a mental hospital; Karin rejoins her emotionally disconnected family and their island home, only to slip from reality as she begins to believe she is being visited by God.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand, Max von Sydow, Lars Passgård

Votes: 21,620

12. The Phantom Carriage (1921)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

On New Year's Eve, the driver of a ghostly carriage forces a drunken man to reflect on his selfish, wasted life.

Director: Victor Sjöström | Stars: Victor Sjöström, Hilda Borgström, Tore Svennberg, Astrid Holm

Votes: 9,813

13. Day of Wrath (1943)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, History

The young wife of an aging priest falls in love with his son amidst the horror of a merciless witch hunt in 17th century Denmark.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Thorkild Roose, Lisbeth Movin, Sigrid Neiiendam, Kirsten Andreasen

Votes: 8,833

14. Hour of the Wolf (1968)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Horror

While vacationing on a remote Scandanavian island with his younger pregnant wife, an artist has an emotional breakdown while confronting his repressed desires.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Gertrud Fridh, Georg Rydeberg

Votes: 17,495

15. Next Door (2005)

Unrated | 75 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

John has just been left by his girlfriend Ingrid. That day he allows himself to be seduced into a mystical and scary world, where it is impossible to separate truth from the lies

Director: Pål Sletaune | Stars: Kristoffer Joner, Cecilie A. Mosli, Julia Schacht, Anna Bache-Wiig

Votes: 8,549

16. Frostbitten (2006)

98 min | Horror, Comedy

Vampires terrorize a city in Norrbotten.

Director: Anders Banke | Stars: Petra Nielsen, Carl-Åke Eriksson, Grete Havnesköld, Emma Åberg

Votes: 3,832

17. The Seventh Seal (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy

A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe

Votes: 155,824

18. Nightwatch (1994)

R | 107 min | Horror, Thriller

A law student starts working as nightwatchman at Department of Forensic Medicine in Copenhagen. His mad friend gets him on a game of dare that escalates. As a serial-killer's victims start piling up at work, he becomes a suspect.

Director: Ole Bornedal | Stars: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Sofie Gråbøl, Kim Bodnia, Lotte Andersen

Votes: 14,713

19. Dead Snow (2009)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

61 Metascore

A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies.

Director: Tommy Wirkola | Stars: Jeppe Beck Laursen, Charlotte Frogner, Jenny Skavlan, Vegar Hoel

Votes: 62,814 | Gross: $0.04M

20. Evil Ed (1995)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Horror

A mild-mannered film editor is assigned to cut a series of infamous slasher films and is driven murderously insane by the miles of extremely violent footage he edits.

Director: Anders Jacobsson | Stars: Michael Kallaanvaara, Olof Rhodin, Hans Wilhelmsson, Anders Ek

Votes: 3,115

21. Noita palaa elämään (1952)

80 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Archaeological team unearths a body of a young woman, who was told to be a witch buried in the bog some 300 years ago. Soon a naked woman appears and drives the men of the village crazy. ... See full summary »

Director: Roland af Hällström | Stars: Mirja Mane, Toivo Mäkelä, Hillevi Lagerstam, Sakari Jurkka

Votes: 326

22. Leaves From Satan's Book (1920)

TV-14 | 167 min | Drama

In 4 episodic tales of human suffering; the temptation of Jesus, the Spanish Inquisition, the French Revolution and the Russo-Finnish war of 1918, Satan attempts to win God's favor.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Helge Nissen, Halvard Hoff, Jacob Texiere, Hallander Helleman

Votes: 1,063

23. The Substitute (2007)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

A group of sixth graders are convinced their new substitute teacher is actually a menacing alien.

Director: Ole Bornedal | Stars: Paprika Steen, Ulrich Thomsen, Jonas Wandschneider, Nikolaj Falkenberg-Klok

Votes: 3,070

24. Hidden (2009)

R | 95 min | Horror, Thriller

Painful memories arise when Kai Koss goes back to his childhood home after 19 years and inherits his dead mother's house.

Director: Pål Øie | Stars: Kristoffer Joner, Cecilie A. Mosli, Bjarte Hjelmeland, Marko Iversen Kanic

Votes: 2,775

25. Epidemic (1987)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Horror

66 Metascore

A director and screenwriter pen a script and, in the process, blur the line between fiction and reality.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Allan De Waal, Ole Ernst, Michael Gelting, Colin Gilder

Votes: 4,728

26. The Parson's Widow (1920)

TV-14 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

A young man is elected by a small village to be its parson. As part of his duties, he is required to marry the widow of the parson before him. This poses two problems--first, the widow is ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Hildur Carlberg, Einar Röd, Greta Almroth, Olav Aukrust

Votes: 1,009

27. Thriller: A Cruel Picture (1973)

R | 104 min | Action, Thriller

A young woman, muted after a sexual assault as a child, is trained to seek violent revenge on those who have wronged her after being kidnapped and forced to work as a prostitute.

Director: Bo Arne Vibenius | Stars: Christina Lindberg, Heinz Hopf, Despina Tomazani, Per-Axel Arosenius

Votes: 6,548

28. Dark Woods (2003)

Not Rated | 85 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

5 Norwegians head for a cabin in the wilderness for a few days of team building. But strange things start happening - especially down by the water where they find an abandoned tent. Is there someone else?

Director: Pål Øie | Stars: Bjørn Floberg, Kristoffer Joner, Eva Röse, Sampda Sharma

Votes: 5,252

29. In Search of Dracula (1974)

PG | 86 min | Documentary, Horror

A documentary exploring the legends of vampires, using books, paintings and early films on the subject.

Director: Calvin Floyd | Stars: Solveig Andersson, Tor Isedal, Christopher Lee

Votes: 209

30. The Sinful Dwarf (1973)

Unrated | 95 min | Adult, Crime, Horror

Olaf and his mother run a boarding house and a white slavery ring. They also smuggle heroin to keep the addict girls happy so they do not try and escape. A young couple move into the house ... See full summary »

Director: Eduardo Fuller | Stars: Anne Sparrow, Tony Eades, Clara Keller, Werner Hedman

Votes: 1,246

31. The Moonlight Sonata (1988)

86 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

A female fashion model Anni Stark (played by Tiina Björkman) takes leave from the fashion business and goes to Finland's Lappland (a wilderness region in Northern Finland, better known as ... See full summary »

Director: Olli Soinio | Stars: Tiina Björkman, Kari Sorvali, Kim Gunell, Mikko Kivinen

Votes: 817

32. Besat (1999)

99 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A man is found in an airport, dead of a mysterious disease. A race begins to save humanity from what could be a global plague.

Director: Anders Rønnow Klarlund | Stars: Ole Lemmeke, Kirsti Eline Torhaug, Ole Ernst, Niels Anders Thorn

Votes: 719

33. Mannequin in Red (1958)

108 min | Mystery, Thriller

A model is murdered at a famous fashion house and the Hillmans start to investigate. Kajsa Hillman is employed as a model and discovers that several people had motives to kill the model who... See full summary »

Director: Arne Mattsson | Stars: Anita Björk, Lillebil Ibsen, Nils Hallberg, Gio Petré

Votes: 336

34. The Monitor (2011)

R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

After a baby monitor picks up another channel, Anna begins reliving the nightmare she'd recently escaped.

Director: Pål Sletaune | Stars: Noomi Rapace, Kristoffer Joner, Vetle Qvenild Werring, Stig R. Amdam

Votes: 5,340

35. Thale (2012)

Not Rated | 76 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Estranged friends Leo (a crime-scene cleaner) and hired-hand Elvis are cleaning up a particularly messy casualty deep in the Norwegian woods. When Elvis accidentally finds a secret passage ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksander Nordaas | Stars: Silje Reinåmo, Erlend Nervold, Jon Sigve Skard, Morten Andresen

Votes: 5,430

36. Persona (1966)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

A nurse is put in charge of a mute actress and finds that their personae are melding together.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Margaretha Krook, Gunnar Björnstrand

Votes: 96,109

37. Lake Bodom (2016)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Every camper's worst nightmare came true at Lake Bodom in 1960 when four teenagers were stabbed to death while sleeping in their tent.

Director: Taneli Mustonen | Stars: Nelly Hirst-Gee, Mimosa Willamo, Mikael Gabriel, Santeri Helinheimo Mäntylä

Votes: 2,976

38. Antichrist (2009)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Horror

49 Metascore

A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage, but nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

Votes: 112,743 | Gross: $0.40M

39. Manhunt (2008)

78 min | Horror

The summer of 1974, four young people are all ambushed and left unconscious. They wake up deep in the woods with no one around but the sound of a hunting horn.

Director: Patrik Syversen | Stars: Henriette Bruusgaard, Jørn Bjørn Fuller Gee, Lasse Valdal, Nini Bull Robsahm

Votes: 3,908

40. Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre (2009)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Horror

An epic tale about a group of whale watchers, whose ship breaks down and they get picked up by a whale fisher vessel. The Fishbillies on the vessel has just gone bust, and everything goes out of control.

Director: Júlíus Kemp | Stars: Pihla Viitala, Nae, Terence Anderson, Miranda Hennessy

Votes: 1,838

41. The Ritual (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

57 Metascore

A group of college friends reunite for a trip to the forest, but encounter a menacing presence in the woods that's stalking them.

Director: David Bruckner | Stars: Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier, Sam Troughton

Votes: 69,037

42. What We Become (2015)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

60 Metascore

A family of four is quarantined in their home as a virulent strand of the flu spreads into town and they are forced to the extreme to escape alive.

Director: Bo Mikkelsen | Stars: Benjamin Engell, Troels Lyby, Mille Dinesen, Ella Solgaard

Votes: 3,406

43. I Remember You (2017)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A story about a young man and woman who move into a small abandoned town in Iceland to renovate an old house. Little do they know the town has a dark history.

Director: Óskar Thór Axelsson | Stars: Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir, Elma Stefania Agustsdottir, Anna Gunndís Guðmundsdóttir

Votes: 4,124

44. Room 205 (2007)

R | 91 min | Horror

Katrine moves to a student residence in Copenhagen. She's told the myth of the ghost from room 205. But when a mirror breaks an evil spirit is released and the body count starts.

Director: Martin Barnewitz | Stars: Neel Rønholt, Mikkel Arndt, Julie R. Ølgaard, Mira Wanting

Votes: 1,355

45. Graves & Bones (2016)

82 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Husband and wife, Gunnar and Sonja go to a remote house in the Icelandic country side. Shortly after their arrival strange things start to happen that might jeopardize their marriage as well as their lives.

Director: Anton Sigurdsson | Stars: Margrét Asta, Elva María Birgisdóttir, Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir, Gísli Örn Garðarsson

Votes: 163