- Jul 14
- Finnish horror SAUNA (aka EVIL RISING): DVD Review
- Posted by Deljhp - 14/07/11 at 12:53 PM
Director: Antti-Jussi Annila. Review: Adam Wing.
The name change is a little misleading perhaps, but there’s much to recommend about Antti-Jussi Annila’s slow burning Finnish horror hit. Sauna was released back home in 2008, a striking experience if ever there was one, but not in the way a name like Evil Rising might suggest. Sauna is a haunting, thoughtful, sombre affair that refuses to conform to modern day excess. Not quite what I was expecting from a film called Evil Rising, all it’s really missing is an exclamation mark, then at least we would surely have a candidate for ‘Most redundant film title of the year.’
It’s 1595 and the end of a twenty-five year war between Russia and Finland. Finnish brothers Eerik (Ville Virtanen) and Knut Spore (Tommi Eronen) have been commissioned to meet with Russian soldiers to form a joint commission that marks the new border. Eerik has only ever known war; he even keeps a count of the number of deaths he’s responsible for. His glasses suggest a wise exterior, but it’s Knut who keeps the brothers from losing their way. As soon as the mission is complete, Knut plans to take up a professor’s post at a Swedish university far away from the destructive nature of war...Continue review.
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