Swedish Sensationsfilms: A Clandestine History of Sex, Thrillers, and Kicker Cinema Paperback – Apr 1 2011
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"Ekeroth’s critiques seem dead-on and are always humorous. They are sensations in themselves."—<em>The Nova Scotia Chronicle Herald</em>
"Ekeroth dives into his subject matter with the kind of attention to detail that even celebrated documentarian Ken Burns could appreciate."—<em>AOL Noisecreep</em>
"This encyclopedic overview of the grimy-great underbelly of Swedish filmmaking reveals more delightfully depraved and downright perverse 'sensationsfilms' than possibly even Lisbeth Salander could countenance."—<em>Austin Chronicle</em>
"Filled with skin and sin, the rabid hellhounds of Euro trash cinema will rejoice in getting their killer kicks from yet another exploitation avenue rife for exploration."<em>—Cool Ass Cinema</em>
"A multifaceted account of the sensational sleaze of the ’60s and beyond"—<em>Fangoria</em>
"Amazing book... Ekeroth deftly separates the trash from the triumphs. Remarkable!"—<em>Shock Cinema</em>
"Interesting and well-researched... If a movie was made in Sweden from 1951 to 1993, and included an abundance of sex, violence or weirdness, Daniel has tracked it down, trapped it, stunned it, reviewed it, researched it, and reported back to you the reader with how he feels about it. You need a Swede to traverse these sinful waters, and Ekeroth is paddling at full throttle."—Robin Bougie, <em>Cinema Sewer</em>
"A guided tour through the sinsational history of sex, drugs, and kickpunching in Swedish cinema...how can you possibly resist?"—Mr. Skin
"Where else are you going to learn about films like <em>Dirty Fingers</em>, <em>Scorched Heat</em>, <em>The Guesthoust Of Evil</em>, <em>Mona's Secret Sex Dreams</em> and the wonderfully titled <em>How Marie Met Fredrik, Rebus The Donkey, Ploj The Kangeroo, And...</em>"—RockShockPop.com
About the Author
Daniel Ekeroth: Born 1972 in Avesta, Sweden, Daniel Ekeroth is a writer and editor for the Stockholm International Film Festival. In 1991 he became a driving forces of Sweden's ILEX movie club, organizing their annual violent film festival. When conservative local politicians tried to put the kibosh on the festival, young Ekeroth successfully defended the event in a televised debate. Moving to Stockholm in the mid-'90s, Ekeroth earned a Masters in Film Science from Stockholm University, while writing for the most notorious underground film fanzines in Sweden: Black, Salong Finesse, and Video Ferox. He also worked with Nocturno Magazine in Italy. In the 2000s, Ekeroth released the book Violent Italy: Incredible Exploitation Cinema in Europe, followed by his critically acclaimed music book Swedish Death Metal. Now Ekeroth combines his expertise in exploitation cinema with his intimate interest in the odder and more controversial parts of Swedish culture in this ultimate guide to strange customs and cinema: Swedish Sensationsfilms. Daniel Ekeroth is also a musician, known from the bands Tyrant, Insision, Diskonto, Dellamorte, and Iron Lamb. He lives peacefully in Stockholm, Sweden.
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actually see many of the films mentioned in this book. it brought back memories of the films and the
very "hot" actresses who bared themselves for the films they appeared in. I became a huge fan of
Christina Lindberg, and wished i had been her age, and living in Sweden, just to meet her.
i wonder if there are any other books out there like "Swedish Sensations" which cover some of the other
Swedish exploitation films?
In any event, i definitely enjoy this, and reccommend it to foreign exploitation fans.
The format is simple, for the most part - a one paragraph synopsis, another detailing fun facts about the producer, director and actors, accompanied by any social or political revelations that correlate with the film or timeframe, followed by a third paragraph peppered with the author's appraisal and often caustic and scathing insight on any or all of these factors. It makes for an entertaining read, though not necessarily an intellectual one, but there are already way too many heady re-evaluations of grindhouse, sex and exploitation, Eurosleaze and giallo, cult and midnite movie filmbooks flooding the market that take themselves too seriously. This isn't one of them, and therein lies its worth.
I learned many things within these pages, but several stuck with me - in most reviews, author Daniel Ekeroth cites the offensive elements that make these films worthy of inclusion (early examples of nudity, extreme violence, etc.), but in one he lists "non-consensual sex with a dog". See, I've been a dog owner most of my life and never knew there was such a thing as consensual sex with a dog...now I'll have to re-evaluate those flirtatious looks I get from my female canine companion periodically...
Another noteworthy and hysterical thing that appalled the author was a woman using a kielbasa sausage that's about fifteen inches long and as wide as a beercan as a masturbatory aid in a porno film; the size and girth didn't bother him so much as the fact that it's comprised of only 17% meat! You learn something new every day...
The book is packed with B+W pictures, posters and press releases of every film entry, and there are two color sections as well, so it's got great graphic appeal too (but keep it away from the kiddies), and the actors in each flick are listed. The films are listed alphabetically, but unfortunately in Swedish/Danish, so a quick reference for us yanks is impossible, but this is a minor quibble. A history of Swedish censorship is chronicled so we can understand how rigidity and laxness came to ebb and flow over time, as well as the unforseen and unwelcome byproducts that came with them (child pornography, gang violence, brothels everywhere, and yet homosexuality was considered a mental illness). This might account for the high suicide rate...
A Rogues Gallery biography/filmography of all the major actors and directors is included near the book's end, and we are then treated to a glossary of curious Swedish culture and understanding of the region and nearby countries, where we find that most, if not all, of the holidays are comprised of Swedes "being swept up in complete mayhem with violence, delirium, drinking and countless brief sexual relationships". I'm planning my trip as I write this.
A book that's as much fun as it is informative is a rare commodity, but this one fits the bill. When you see the pic of author Daniel Ekeroth on the rear flap and find out he's been in many deathmetal bands and has written books on them as well, it's hard not to hear the voice of Skiwsgaar from 'Metalocalypse' as you read this, but I mean that as praise - we're yanks, for chrissakes, whatyd'ya expect??? Buy this book - it's a Swedish Sensation!
Yes indeed--encyclopedic with lot of colorful scantily-clad Swedish girls. I think that was a reasonable hope. I'm not going to return this, but this is not the kind of publication I was hoping it would be.
Another problem with it... the frequent use of Swedish titles or names of things without any translation. I know it doesn't really matter in many of the cases that I know the translation, it just simply makes it more difficult to read -- each Swedish word becomes a roadblock that disrupts the flow.