Embrace the brutal, the bloody and the beast inside

As the darker days approach and Denmark slips once more into the shadows, film lovers are provided with a unique opportunity to appease their inner beasties. Lashings and lashings of horror is on the menu at the end of this month when Cinemateket and Cinemaxx, in collaboration with Another World Entertainment, serve up Blodig Weekend (Bloody Weekend): a small, fast-growing festival aimed at genre fans and filmmakers to showcase the best and bloodiest international films unlikely to be seen on Danish screens.

Blodig Weekend will present recent, bigger budget numbers alongside more modest productions and a host of free short films. This means that films like the Evil Dead remake, which mysteriously disappeared from Danish release schedules, and Byzantium, Neil Jordan’s first foray into vampires since his classic adaptation of Anne Rice’s genre-busting Interview With A Vampire (1994), will be shown alongside beloved cult classics like Dario Argento’s Cat O’ Nine Tails. There are also Q&As with several actors and filmmakers, and for buyers and sellers, there’s a market to host numerous projects seeking finance and distribution. See the website for full details.


Top Picks:

Kiss of the Damned
Xan Cassavettes, daughter of the late, great John Cassavettes, makes her directing debut with this elegant, ‘70s-inspired vampire erotica …
Cinemateket, Sat Sep 28, 21:30

Here Comes the Devil
This film, a Mexican tale of a family who goes hiking and loses two of their children, swept the award ceremonies at genre festivals everywhere last year. After a frantic search, the children reappear mysteriously by themselves, apparently changed …

Cinemateket, Sun Sep 29, 19:00

Every once in a while, there’s a film so bad it’s genius. Bargain basement B-movie Sharknado fits that bill for 2013 and then some. If a cyclone of flying sharks isn’t your thing, then what the hell is wrong with you?

Cinemaxx, Sat Sep 28, 21:30


Evil Dead
Originally met with a chorus of groans (not the undead sort) from fans, it soon became clear that, thanks to a neat narrative makeover and the original’s director and star on board producing, this was to be much more than a cheap cash-in.

Cinemaxx; Thu Sep 26, 19:00; Cinemateket, Tue Oct 1, 19:30


Blodig Weekend
CinemaxX, Kalvebod Brygge 57, Cph V and Cinemateket, Gothersgade 55, Cph K; starts Thu Sep 26, ends Tue Oct 1; tickets: 75kr per film or 300kr for six films; www.blodigweekend.dk


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