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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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Erik Blomberg
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mirjami Kuosmanen ... Pirita / Maarita - Pirita's mother
Kalervo Nissilä Kalervo Nissilä ... Aslak
Åke Lindman ... Forest Ranger
Jouni Tapiola Jouni Tapiola ... Reindeer shepherd
Arvo Lehesmaa 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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Drama | Fantasy | Horror

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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The White Reindeer See more »

Filming Locations:

Inari, Finland See more »

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Production Co:

Junior-Filmi See more »
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Runtime:

(original) | (restored)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Only Finnish film to win a Golden Globe. See more »

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Remade as Valkoinen peura See more »

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Visually stunning horror
30 March 2005 | by limshunSee all my reviews

I recently got a chance to see this on the big screen and it is definitely a special film. Filmed in Lapland, nearly everyone moves about in this film on skis or reindeer-drawn toboggan. The lonely snow-covered landscapes lightly dotted with trees, humans, and curving herds of reindeer look beautiful in black and white. The film capitalizes on the mythic and mystic nature of the landscape and the land--The Land of the Midnight Sun. What a perfect setting for a film about love, loneliness, fears of abandonment, and, of course, vampires. The horror is a subtle one and even now barely verges on the campy (thanks to the uniqueness of its setting). The strange shots of the sun hovering on the horizon and of reindeer stampeding across the snow only enhance this bizarre tale. The main actress is quite stunning and plays the balance of her role well. A definite treat for fans of foreign or horror films.


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