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(2006)

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Was a commercial failure in Sweden due to not being able to find Swedish distributors. The biggest distributor in Sweden did not want to give it a big release and did not give it much promotion thinking it was too low quality. Ironically it was by far the most popular Swedish movie in international markets that year.
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First Swedish vampire movie.
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Special effects were created by the same team who did the special effects for Nochnoy dozor (2004).
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Daniel Ojanlatva comes from Kiruna, one of most northern towns in Sweden. He had a long relationship with perpetual darkness and thought that vampires showing up was just in order. Originally, the story was supposed to be a movie int the style of Pulp Fiction (1994) with several separate story's with characters walking in and out of them. In the end it was decided that there had to be a main character. In the end that became Saga.
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During the filming the cast and crew where plagued by the extreme cold, with temperatures falling below 30 Celsius zero. During many scenes, the cameras broke down because of the cold and had to be warmed up. During her final fight scene 'Grete Havensköld' lost all feeling in her feet. She eventually started to cry and a sound tech had to take her into a van and warm her feet in his armpits. In another scene when Jonas Karlström was hanging in a lamppost covered in fake blood, it started to rain, despite being far below zero. The rain then froze on all the equipment and clothes, creating a layer of ice on everything. 'Anders Banke' referred to it like napalm, but with ice. During the final showdown with the cops and the vampires it also started to rain, creating the same problem.
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Paramount bought the rights to the Swedish home video market after watching only 20 minutes of the film.
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Martina Haag auditioned for the role of Annika.
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Annika Lantz was considered for the role of Mona.
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The original script called not only for a vampire dog, but also a vampire flower. This was cut for budget reasons.
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All scenes takes place during night or dusk. There is no daylight and it's always snowy.
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14 drafts of the script were written before it was finished.
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In one draft, Mikael Göransson's character was the lead protagonist.
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Nearly all of the snow in the film is natural, except in a few shots where it had to be added with a snow cannon.
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When it was released in 2006, Frostbiten is the most effects-heavy Swedish film of all time. It contains over 300fx shots, which was the Swedish record at the time.
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The original cut featured several more vampires than the final cut. Much of Linnea Jonsson's actions as a vampire where cut. This lead to much more focus on Niklas Grönberg.
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Many of the character names are derived from mythology and religion: Lukas (the Swedish form of Luke), Joel and John are all names of books and characters in the Christian bible, Jacob is derived from the patriarch in the Old Testament and Sebastian is named after Saint Sebastian, the patron saint of plagues. Maria is the name of the mother of Jesus. In Christianity it's said that whoever comes to Jesus Christ and drinks his blood in the holy communion shall have life eternal. Maria is the progenitor of all the vampires in the film and her blood gives eternal life. Being a little child she is also obviously a virgin. In contrast, Saga is a Norse god. The word also means 'the one who sees' - the official website refers to Saga as a person who likes to study other people.
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When the soldiers enter the cabin after their first fight with the vampires and run into the rotting corpse of one of their victims, the worms crawling in the body are real. Many escaped and the crew had to hunt them all down through the studio.
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Kristian Persson was selected to play the part of The Shape, at one point called the Wraith, because he was tall, thin and had the uncanny ability to open his mouth wide much further than is usually possible. His costume took six weeks to make and took five hours to apply. Pehrsson had to wear the costume for at least 16 hours each day and it took over an hour to remove the costume.
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The original design of the vampires resembled the chiropterans in Blood: The Last Vampire and was done with practical effects. However, the make-up prevented a lot of facial movement and it was decided that CGI was to be used instead and only on the teen vampires to make them different from the other vampires. This also allowed the transformation to be shown in camera. The chiropteran design was kept but toned down significantly.
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First horror film to be shown in North Korea
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The first draft of the script was finished in 1999.
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Despite having plot similarities with 30 Days of Night (2007), and the fact that this movie even had 30 Days of Night as a second title in many countries, Frostbiten and 30 Days of Night have nothing to do with each other. However, it's worth noting that Frostbiten was in preproduction before the comic 30 Days of Night is based on was published.
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Despite not having a big role in the movie, Jonas Lawes is credited above several of the actors that played main characters. Also, despite being top billed, Mikael Göransson and Jonas Karlström are bellow several of the minor characters. The credits can not be place in order of appearance and seem to be random.
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Anders Banke's favorite scene is the scene at the morgue scene, because he considers it to be the scene that has everything about Frostbiten in it.
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All of the hospital scenes were shot in a real hospital in Kalix. Much to the horror of the actors, the morgue scene was shot in a real morgue.
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Grete Havnesköld had to stand on a box to not be completely dwarfed by Niklas Grönberg.
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Per Löfberg's character was originally a Russian partisan.
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Over 31 gallons of blood were used in this movie.
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The coffins in the film where made by Anders Banke's father.
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Due to scheme complications there where only one month of pre-production, while a regular movie with the same amount of special effects would have six months of pre-production. In the end, all the effects shots where shot at the very end of the filming.
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The headphones John is seen constantly wearing are a pair of JVC HA-G77 headphones.
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Kaj Steveman estimated that only 30 percent of the carnage created for the infamous party scene was actually shown.
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The vampire make-up took 2 to 3 hours to apply.
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Jessica Liander auditioned to play Vega.
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Lukas' name-tag reveals his full name as "Lukas Hillman". Sebastian's name-tag reveals his full name as "Sebastian Paulsson", a nod to the producer.
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Originally there was to be a scene where the Shape attacked Cissi in a supermarket, but it was too expensive and was not filmed.
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The sets where designed to go well with blood. Therefore the sets incorporated as much whites and greens as possible.
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Niklas Grönberg, Malin Levanon and Gustav Johansson did their wire stunt work by themselves.
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By coincidence, all the actors who play the lead vampires have green eyes.
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The German dub of the film added a extra snarl to John during the climax.
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Over 20 pair of fangs were made for the film.
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Mikael Göransson''s scenes were shot in 9 days.
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The town of Kalix, where the film was partly shot, was rather small and due to the large cast and crew the town ran out of bread.
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First Swedish and Scandinavian and as of 2012 only film to win the grand festival price at Fantasporto.
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Around the corner from the house which was used as the location for John's house and the climax there is a street called "Vegastreet".
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Director Trademark 

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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Vega was impaled on a picket fence until the very last draft, where it was changed to a garden gnome.
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Body count: 30 kills (plus a dog and a rabbit).
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The true identity of the main villain is hinted before the actual reveal; at 58:42 seconds the soldier in the basement wears a lab-coat bearing the name of the main villain.
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A deleted scene featured Nour El-Refai getting attacked by Linnea Jonsson.
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