Wetland offers something to laugh about, maybe.

HOSTING another rousing collection of the best weird and wonderful cinema going around, the Spring Night Visions Festival is hitting Helsinki from 9 to 13 April.

The biggest and the oldest festival in Finland to focus on horror, fantasy, science fiction and action cinema, previous years have offered up some genuine classics of the genre, along with the appearance of many international guests on offer over the years.

Among the many delights on screens for the first time in Finland this year, Gareth Evans’ hotly anticipated follow-up to The Raid sees The Raid 2: Berandal kicking its way onto the festival programme. Throwing on an extra hour to the original’s taut 90-minute running time, initial word-of-mouth has been ecstatic.

If you haven’t had enough zombie action, given the zeitgeist’s current fascination with such, then Tommy Wirkola’s zombie adventure Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead might top up your levels of flesh-hungry beings for the immediate future.

German flick Wetland sees director David Wnendt tackling Charlotte Roche’s 2008 bestseller. Receiving praise at the recent Berlin Film Festival, South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho’s sci-fi dystopia Snowpiercer is also headed to Night Visions. Meanwhile, Sion Sono’s Why Don’t You Play in Hell offers some Kill Bill-esque madness.

Spring Night Visions Festival
9-13 April

This year’s edition calls for a change of venue, with proceedings moving to one of the oldest cinemas in Finland, Orion.

Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead stands alone in the Nazi zombie sequel subgenre.

Coupled with its Halloween edition later in the year, the annual lineup of the festival consists of a total of roughly 60 feature films. The special guest of this edition is Lloyd Kaufman, he of the highly popular Troma moviehouse. Toxie awaits!

James O’Sullivan