Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Finland 2008

While mapping the new border with Russia in 1595, Finnish soldier brothers Erik (Ville Virtanen) and Knut (Tommi Eronen) stumble upon a spooky, almost-childless undocumented town. There, they find a mysterious sauna that forces all who enter it to face their past sins. Finnish director Antti-Jussi Annila's masterfully atmospheric horror film screened at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival.

Here is a tense atmospheric horror film without all the conventions of horror other than the mystery tactic of what the actual force of the evil presence may or may not be. A nice cast of rough characters of many depths making this thriller multi dimensional and sensationally interpretive art house cinema. The conclusion is abstract, genuinely creepy, imaginative and overall brilliantly done. A true maverick of what horror has been standardized to be. Do not pass this up.

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