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EXCLUSIVE For Ain't It Cool Readers! Want To See A Free Movie? Sure You Do! Here's MARIANNE!


Nordling here.

Don’t say that here at Ain’t It Cool we don’t ever give you anything.  Here’s a free movie!

I reviewed Filip Tegstedt’s MARIANNE last yearAICN Horror has also reviewed it.  In full disclosure, I know Filip – he’s been to several BNATs and has been a longtime friend of the site.  I remember him telling several of us at BNAT a few years before it was released that LET THE RIGHT ONE IN was a movie to keep an eye out for, and damn if he wasn’t proven correct.  He’s also a director in his own right, and in my opinion, a really good one.

MARIANNE is a very atmospheric, mood piece of a horror film.  Those expecting cats jumping on beds or a ton of gore will be disappointed – that’s not what MARIANNE is going for.  Instead, it builds a sense of dread and horror over its running time, as forces close in on Krister (Thomas Hendengran).  Tegstedt makes the most of his small budget, but it’s the family drama that makes MARIANNE so compelling.  We care for these people even as the vise tightens, and the movie just wouldn’t work if not for that empathy.  Krister is not a perfect man – he’s seriously flawed, but as his story is told we sympathize with his plight.  Tegstedt even landed Peter Stormare to take part in the movie, and he’s terrific.  All the performances are, including Sandra Larsson, who plays Krister’s troubled daughter.  Tegstedt gets great work from everyone.

But when MARIANNE gets scary, it’s not a cheat.  Tegstedt ramps up the tension quite nicely, and we are disturbed as the film goes on.  I think MARIANNE is quite good and I hope to see more from Tegstedt in the future.

And Ain’t It Cool Is offering MARIANNE for free for one week!  Simply go to:

and type the password BewareTheMoon starting at 3:00 PM Central time.  The movie will stay up for one week.  Feel free to share with your friends, and I really hope you enjoy the movie.  Hell, if you dig it, drop Filip a line on Twitter.  Thanks, as always, for reading.  Here's Filip with an introduction:

Submitted for your approval; a man who lives in the small isolated town of Östersund, in the Swedish northlands. A man haunted not only of guilt and grief but by a spectre from long ago.  Krister has never been an easy person to get along with, nor one to know his limitations.

Ultimately, it's not the external threats that gets to us, but our inner demons.

My name is Filip Tegstedt. Thank you for taking the time to watch this film.

The reason I'm doing this is to find a way to reach out to a bigger audience in a legal way, as "Marianne" still has not been released outside Sweden.

This is an independent film, and the cast and crew who worked very hard for a very long time, including myself who paid for it all, still has not seen a profit.

In fact, a break-even is still very far away. The population of Sweden is simply too small for a feature film. It's a question of numbers.

It is my hope, that if enough people see this very simple lo-fi drama/horror about a family torn apart and enjoy it, I get to continue to tell my stories. I have a lot of them.

If you like this film, it's available on DVD from our Swedish distributor Njutafilms (PAL region 2 (only unfortunately) and you can order it from their webshop if you don't live in Sweden, or you could order it from too, they ship from America.  It's subtitled in English.

I hope, in the future, there will be an NTSC DVD and/or Blu-ray too, but we're not there yet I'm afraid and I don't know for certain that we ever will be.

Please don't support independent films being shared on pirate bay. That's... That's not cool, man. Seriously. Waitresses are better paid than people who work with independent films.

But I'm rambling. And get off my lawn.

Anyway, turn your iPhones off for two hours (unless you're like on a train and you're watching it on your iPhone, in which case don't), turn down the lights, have some coffee or whatever you enjoy drinking and remember it's okay to laugh.  Enjoy the show, and let me know on twitter (@TheNorthlander) what you thought. Also, shameless plug:

That's all from me.

Thank you.

Nordling, out.  Follow me on Twitter!

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  • Oct. 25, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST


    by Roy Hobbs

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 1:56 p.m. CST


    by mukhtabi

    I shall check it out soon!

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Is there any nudity?

    by Smerdyakov

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Poster Art

    by comicsniper

    I'm not sure but I think my uncle had that same image painted on the side of his 1977 Ford Econoline van.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST

    sweet! thnx nordling

    by edgarramirez

    I've been wanting to watch this movie since you first mentioned it. Can't wait to watch it later XD

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 2:18 p.m. CST


    by Brandon

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Sorry, dont fell like reading a movie today.

    by Eric

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Very cool.

    by MoistMuskyCamelToe

    I will check it out in the next couple of days. Sounds promising.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Nice-- wanted to see this since Ambush Bug wrote about it.

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports


  • Oct. 25, 2012, 3:59 p.m. CST

    He sure did, comicsniper. He sure did.

    by spacehog

    In fact I'm driving in it to your place right now. OOOOOOOOOH SPOOKY I don't know. Sorry. Bored.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 4:01 p.m. CST

    English, I assume?

    by John Baranick

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 4:02 p.m. CST

    n/m I saw the subtitle bit.

    by John Baranick

    that's ok, I enjoyed My Life as a Dog with no sound or subtitles at all...

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 5:36 p.m. CST

    "For free" is bad grammar.

    by Gabe Athouse

    Because, you see, "free" is short for "free of charge," so you wouldn't say something is "for free of charge." It's either "free" or "for nothing;" never "for free." You're welcome.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Saw this 2 days ago

    by LordBond

    Read lots of good things about this film. Finally watched it two days ago. Thought it was shit. Didn't empathise with any of the characters and it ends with a whimper instead of a bang. First thought afterwards was "is that it?" But I know lots of other people seem to like it, so maybe it's just me. However, the next "Let the Right One In" it certainly isn't.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the movie!

    by Taragor

    Watched it just now. Not too bad, but not that great either. I do really appreciate the fact that it is very story driven (sometimes a bit slow) but it doesnt go for the hack and slash and I love that. I agree with lordbond, that the ending is a bit of a whimper. Either way, really great to support independent films! Thank you to the filmakers for making this available to us in the US.

  • Oct. 29, 2012, 7:04 p.m. CST


    by Petra Cahill

    Finished watching Marianne by Filip Tegstedt and I have to say I liked it. Some may consider it slow, but I don't think so. It seems that quiet a few movies are made like this. I think it possibly a choice the film makers taking to be able to show the actors ability to truly act and not having music add to the anticipation and hyping the scene up. The filming of this movie is clear, there is no hiding things, what you see is what you get. I forgot what the name for it is, but I hate when a scene is filmed all jittery. I think it takes away from it instead of making it better. None of this here. Is it a clear cut straight to the matter movie? No! I like how it gives you little bits of flashbacks to make this story come together. It sure has more then 1 attribute, which could for some people be not so appealing. But it doesn't bother me. Life isn't just a straight path with 1 direction and so are movies. I think Filip has a lot to tell us and this is just a small piece with several directions and paths he like to take. It is an enjoyable movie and I can without restraints recommend it. So go ahead and watch it while you can.