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The White Reindeer

  • 1952
  • Erik Blomberg
  • 68 mins
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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Be careful what you wish for is the moral of this captivating 1952 fantasy horror, a rare genre movie from Finland. Directed by cinematographer Erik Blomberg in vivid documentary-style, it stars his wife, Mirjami Kuosmanen, as a vivacious, young newlywed whose frustration with the absence of her reindeer-herder husband, Aslak, compels her to use a shaman's love potion to keep him by her side. Unfortunately, the blood sacrifice required also transforms her into an insatiable, vampiric shapeshifter and, so cursed, she starts to seduce and take a bite out of Aslak's villager friends. Haunting rather than horrific, Blomberg's folktale-inspired chiller may be set among stunning snow-covered Lapland vistas but Kuosmanen's channelling of the sensuality of Jennifer Jones in Duel in the Sun and the gothic-horror poise of scream queen Barbara Steele keeps the story compelling and bubbling with suppressed passion.

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Credits

Cast

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Pirita / Maarita, Pirita's motherMirjami Kuosmanen
AslakKalervo Nissila
Forest rangerAke Lindman
Tsalkku-Nilla, shamanArvo Lehesmaa
Reindeer shepherdJouni Tapiola

Crew

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DirectorErik Blomberg

Details

Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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