Danish genre film SMALL TOWN KILLERS available on Shudder

The Danish genre film Small Town Killers (Dræberne fra Nibe in Danish) will screen on the streaming service Shudder in the US, Variety reports.

The film stars well-known Danish actors Ulrich Thomsen and Nicolas Bro as two husbands who decide, obviously, to hire a hitman to kill their wives, whom they have grown tired of. Their scheme doesn’t work, with the two men ending up on a hit list themselves.

Despite the fact that the film did rather poorly in Denmark, with much of the dark, obscure Scandinavian comedy lost on the locals, we didn’t mind it. Sure, it does some moments of obscurity, racism, and hard-to-watch scenes, but it does have its moments which redeem itself (note: Nicolas Bro dancing is one such highlight – so much so we made a gif of it!)

Director Ole Bornedal is often praised as creating one of the first contemporary genre films in Scandinavian with 1994’s Nightwatch, which you should get your hands on. Not only is it suspenseful, unique, and wonderfully Scandinavian, it also features baby-faced Nikolaj Coster Waldau (Game of Thrones) and Sofie Gråbøl (The Killing). It was remade in 1997 in the US (don’t watch that) and now Bornedal is working on a sequel.

The film has been sold to 45 territories and will also screen on Shudder in the UK. Having been released on the 17th of August on Shudder USA, it’s a ‘Shudder Exclusive’ for you to enjoy.

You can read our review of the film here.

Watch the trailer here:


Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.