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1957 (USA) See more »
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. See more » | Add synopsis »
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Great, atmospheric film See more (6 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Mirjami Kuosmanen ... Pirita / Maarita - Pirita's mother
Kalervo Nissilä ... Aslak
Åke Lindman ... Forest Ranger
Jouni Tapiola ... Reindeer shepherd
Arvo Lehesmaa ... Tsalkku-Nilla, Shaman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tyyne Haarla ... Older woman (uncredited)
Pentti Irjala ... The Speaker (uncredited)
Edvin Kajanne ... Reindeer shepherd (uncredited)
Kauko Laurikainen ... Man in Laplander's hut (uncredited)
Heimo Lepistö ... Wealthy Man (uncredited)
Osmo Osva ... Reindeer shepherd (uncredited)
Aarne Tarkas ... The Groom (uncredited)
Inke Tarkas ... The Bride (uncredited)
Evald Terho ... Pirita's father (uncredited)
Kaarlo Wilska ... Reindeer shepherd (uncredited)

Directed by
Erik Blomberg 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Erik Blomberg 
Mirjami Kuosmanen 

Produced by
Aarne Tarkas .... producer
Erik Blomberg .... co-producer (uncredited)
Osmo Harkimo .... executive producer (uncredited)
Matti Kassila .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Einar Englund 
Cinematography by
Erik Blomberg 
Film Editing by
Erik Blomberg (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Osmo Osva 
Makeup Department
Mirjami Kuosmanen .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Evan Englund .... sound recordist
Evan Englund .... sound
Taisto Lindegren .... sound recordist
Taisto Lindegren .... sound
Evan Englund .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Matti Silvantie .... assistant sound recordist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Erkki Tolvanen .... still photographer (uncredited)
Olavi Tuomi .... cinematographer: "b" camera (uncredited)
Olavi Tuomi .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mirjami Kuosmanen .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Other crew
Osmo Osva .... location manager (uncredited)
Tauno Rova .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jouni Tapiola .... production assistant (uncredited)
Inke Tarkas .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Valkoinen peura" - Finland (original title)
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74 min (original release) | 67 min (restored version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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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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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Great, atmospheric film, 30 March 2010
Author: Zombie_CPA from United States

Obscure Finnish horror movie about a woman who goes to a sorcerer to get help in her love life. She gets the help, but the side effect is that she turns into a vampire reindeer at night. It is kind of like watching a werewolf film.

The movie is both excellent and interesting because I got to see a culture that I hadn't seen on film before. It was a village of reindeer herders in Northern Europe. What other movie can you see with a reindeer race? Anyway, I thought Mirjami Kuosmanen as the woman with the taste for blood. The movie has very few words but a continuous score in the background. It is almost like watching a silent film. I found the cinematography very interesting in this film. Overall, I get it an 8/10 and recommend that you see it if you can find it.

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