Sauna (Finland, 2008) – Episode 23

Cinemassacre’s Monster Madness is a yearly series of horror movie reviews produced by Cinemassacre Productions and airing around the month of October. This series is hosted by James Rolfe. This is episode 23 of Monster Madness “Around the World!”

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  • Suomalainen
    October 23, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    Torilla tavataan!

  • Timppa from Finland
    October 23, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    Cool to see you reviewing Finnish movie.

    I though you would’ve reviewed Rare Exports (2010) movie because its Christmas Horror movie and seeing it’s just 2 months away… Oh well, at least you mentioned it in video.

  • Tikkakosken mannekiini
    October 23, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    Finally, Finnish film in Monster Madness! If you want to see more Finnish horror, I recommend Kuutamosonaatti (The Moonlight Sonata, 1988). It is the best Finnish horror film and can also be seen as a black comedy.

  • Naustdal
    October 23, 2021 at 4:02 pm


  • serpentnight
    October 23, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    When was ‘Donnie Darko’ overhyped? It didn’t do well on original release and has mostly stayed pretty niche as far as I know.

  • The Gaming Paladin
    October 23, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    Santa’s Slay is oh so good… glad to see a clip here, as for Sauna it seems interesting, but to hear that it’s a bit of a clusterfuck does have me hesitant.

  • Carl
    October 23, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    I assume you don’t like Donnie Darko

  • Benjamin Turney
    October 23, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    Now THIS looks cool!

  • Erik Holmes
    October 23, 2021 at 6:18 pm

    For some reason, I was more likely to see the 1952 film The White Reindeer, but Sauna is also a pretty fine choice.

  • RakeRaksamies
    October 23, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    Suomi mainittu, Torilla tavataan perkele!

  • Tomi Kankaanpää
    October 23, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    Sometimes it’s super weird hearing about how a sauna is a luxury. I’m piss poor (in Finnish standards) and have a private sauna in my apartment haha, that’s Finland.

  • Sauna
    October 23, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    Nice to see that you included a Finnish horror movie as our cinema (horror especially) is not well known around the world. “Sauna” is the most well known and Hollywood style horror film but if you want something different, check out “Kuutamosonaatti” 1988 (The Moonlight Sonata) or the first Finnish horror movie “Valkoinen Peura” 1952 (The White Reindeer).

  • M Workman
    October 23, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    Yeah, idk what James is talking about. I feel like he isn’t writing some of these. This sounds like Justin wrote this one.
    Donnie Darko made very little at the box office and was a sleeper cult movie for years before it was even considered slightly mainstream cult.
    I didn’t even hear about it myself until it was out for years.

  • KombatGod
    October 24, 2021 at 7:32 am

    Little trivia for ya: this movie came out in Finland the same exact day that Let the Right One In came out in Sweden! October 24, 2008.

    That is the general theatrical release though. When considering their first screening at film festivals, Let the Right One In premiered at the Gothenburg Film Festival on January 26, 2008, while Sauna premiered at Toronto International Film Festival on September 5, 2008.

  • cikan
    October 24, 2021 at 9:29 am

    Donnie Darko can sxck my fxking cxck! Yeah!

  • Flint
    October 24, 2021 at 10:51 am

    I absolutely agree, with Donnie Darko and the likes, the dark and mysterious flicks where not much get explained or resolved took way overhand.
    I was into that stuff for a while, but it gets old really quick. I like Finland but I´m not going to check this movie out…

  • Someone
    October 24, 2021 at 11:49 am

    The comment for Donnie Darko felt a bit out of place.

  • ToriUkko
    October 24, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    May I recommend Rare Export.

  • DrZaius
    October 24, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Donnie Darko is not “doom and gloom.”
    The ending is bittersweet.
    A proper “doom and gloom” movie is just bitter and is created to make the viewer feel terrible.
    Also, overhyped? Not quite. Maybe overrated. I didn’t think the logic used throughout the film really made sense but, overall, it was fine.

  • C'mon
    October 25, 2021 at 10:17 am

    You did not just hate on Donnie Darko, dude. That movie is, and always will be, awesome.

  • NsX
    October 25, 2021 at 11:27 am

    That uncalled for, out of left-field and poor taste jab at Donnie Darko honestly just made me wish this video had a dislike button. What the hell was with that, and what did that have anything to do with this? Also, “Mainstream”? Really? ….you must have to have no sense of actual reality around you to think that movie is even slightly “mainstream”.

    I guess by that logic, Jojo Rabbit must be on the same mainstream level as a Marvel movie, huh? Seriously… just… what?!

  • dustpan
    October 26, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    Very nice, I can hear the synth beats of Beast in Black playing in the background. They are a fantastic band.

  • EinoRapids
    October 27, 2021 at 1:35 am

    Cool! My cousin Ville is starring in this film. 😀 I’m so confused that my idol reviews a film that stars my cousin. 😀 Mind blown.

  • Aaron S
    October 27, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    May I recommend Bunny the Killer Thing if you want to check out Finland horror comedy. It’s so fucking weird, I love it.

  • Aaro N
    October 31, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    If you do this next year might want to check out “rare exports” or “dark floors” two finnish horror films from modern era which are pretty okay considering their budget.

  • muxfolder
    January 14, 2022 at 9:31 am

    Even the demons have to go to sauna. I like that! You really should see Kuutamosonaatti. That film always cracks me up. It’s more of a comedy really, but there are some elements of horror as well. Much better than this anyway.

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