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The White Reindeer (1952)

Valkoinen peura (original title)
A newly wed woman goes to the local shaman to get some help with her lovelife, but instead gets turned into a white reindeer vampire.

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Complete credited cast:
Mirjami Kuosmanen ...
Pirita / Maarita - Pirita's mother
Kalervo Nissilä ...
Aslak
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Forest Ranger
Jouni Tapiola ...
Reindeer shepherd
Arvo Lehesmaa ...
Tsalkku-Nilla, Shaman
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A newly wed woman goes to the local shaman to get some help with her lovelife, but instead gets turned into a white reindeer vampire. Written by <miura@algonet.se>

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At some point of production Aarne Tarkas was to direct the movie and Erik Blomberg was to be only a cinematographer, but for some reason Blomberg took also the directorial responsibilities. See more »

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Remade as Valkoinen peura See more »

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Beautiful and interesting
6 May 2006 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

I really like this one, i think it's one of the best old Finnish movies. The landscapes and photography are beautiful, which is not very surprising for film shooted in Lapland, and the movie itself is interesting in terms of plot and style. The story is based into old folk-story, so it is quite different and unique plot for horror movie. The cast, especially Mirjami Kuosmanen and Åke Lindman, made good job in this one.

As people have many times said, this movie is not very scary, but how many old horror flicks are? I don't recall being very scared in any movie made 1950's or earlier. This movie is still very interesting and unique. It's a great part of the history of Finnish cinema. I recommend this for all fans of old black and white movies.


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