Wednesday, August 31, 2011


This is my attempt at writing an introduction to this review without finding myself single-woman circle jerking about the glory that is Let The Right One In.  While we were all completely blown away by the innovative vampire novel/film, we often times forget that there was once a time when the Swedes kicked major, major ass in the film department.  Swedish born author Daniel Ekeroth, has given us an innovative new look on a highly overlooked and underrated movement in genre films with Swedish Sensationsfilms: A Clandestine History of Sex, Thrillers, and Kicker Cinema.   Let me be one to say that homeboy did his homework.  Ekeroth's book is a highly detailed and accurate look into quite possibly one of the most influential and yet under-appreciated underground film movements.

While this may be an informative read, it is anything but boring. Ekeroth has a remarkable sense of humor and has a writing style that makes it difficult to put down.  Ekeroth analyzes over 200 banned films from this movement and complies them all into one comprehensive book of epic proportions.  And for all of you fanboys out there, yes, there are pictures. This is easily one of the top books written on a specific film style set in a certain setting.  It's hard to exactly pinpoint what to call Swedish Sensationsfilms other than exactly that.  Sensationsfilms.  There hasn't been anything like them, and there wasn't anything like them to compare.  He also gives us a personal peek into the career of Christina Lindberg.  Oh yeah, it's from the actress herself.  Thought I might mention that one.  Ekeroth more than exposed his writing chops and passion for the genre, he has proven himself to be a Sensationsfilms master.  If you're even somewhat curious to know even the slightest information about this film movement, consider this your bible.

4 comment(s):

Shockgrubz said...

I'm putting this on my to read list.

Kristine said...

I haven't read "Swedish Sensation Films" yet (mostly because I'm really not that interested in the Swedish film industry) but if it's anything like Ekeroth's previous "Swedish Death Metal" (which was awesome!), it's bound to be entertaining!

I just wanted to say that it's great to stumble upon people who actually take an interest to recognize the great, however very few, authors we have here in Sweden, when so many of us Swedes have somewhat grown tired of the market.

Marvin the Macabre said...

I'm not familiar with this film movement, but any movement that can boast 200 banned films must kick 200 types of ass. Must check out.

dfordoom said...

Sounds worth getting just for the Christina Lindberg chapter. Actually it sounds like it's worth getting anyway.

I have to say that Let the Right One In left me cold, but I've loved the 70s Swedish exploitation movies that I've seen.

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