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Mikael Håfström is a Director and Scriptwriter Suédois born on 1 july 1960 at Lund (Suede)

Mikael Håfström

Mikael Håfström
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Nationality Suede
Birth 1 july 1960 (59 years) at Lund (Suede)

Jan Mikael Håfström ([ˈmiːkˈaɛl ˈhoːvˈstrœm]; born 1 July 1960 in Lund), known as Mikael Håfström, is a Swedish screenwriter and director. He is the director of the cult favorite movies 1408 and Escape Plan.

Biography

Håfström directed 1408, a horror film based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, in 2007.

In 2011, he directed the exorcism thriller The Rite, which is based on a novel from Matt Baglio.

Best films

The Rite (2011)
(Director)
Evil (2003)
(Director)

Usually with

Bojan Westin
Bojan Westin
(2 films)
Eva Röse
Eva Röse
(2 films)
Fares Fares
Fares Fares
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Mikael Håfström (10 films)

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Director

Escape Plan, 1h55
Directed by Mikael Håfström
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action
Themes Films set in Africa, Seafaring films, Prison films, Transport films, Évasion, Buddy films
Actors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Jim Caviezel, Amy Ryan, Vincent d’Onofrio, 50 Cent
Rating66% 3.349983.349983.349983.349983.34998
Ray Breslin is a former prosecutor who co-owns Breslin-Clark, a Los Angeles–based security firm specializing in testing the reliability of maximum security prisons. He spends his life getting into prisons to study their designs and the guards' habits to find and exploit their weaknesses, thus enabling him to escape without a hitch or a victim. His goal is to ensure that criminals sent to prison stay inside by eliminating the weakness of every prison; Breslin's wife and child were murdered by an escaped convict he had successfully prosecuted.
The Rite
The Rite (2011)
, 1h49
Directed by Mikael Håfström
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Horror
Themes Films about religion
Actors Anthony Hopkins, Colin O'Donoghue, Alice Braga, Ciarán Hinds, Toby Jones, Rutger Hauer
Rating60% 3.0000253.0000253.0000253.0000253.000025
Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue), disillusioned with his past job as a mortician, decides to enter a seminary school and renounce his vows upon completion, thereby getting a free college degree. Four years have passed, and Michael is being ordained to the rank of deacon at the seminary. After his ordination, he writes a letter of resignation to his superior, Father Matthew, citing a lack of faith. Father Matthew (Toby Jones), apparently wanting to talk to Michael, attempts to catch up to him on the street. He trips as he steps over a curb, causing a cyclist to swerve into the path of an oncoming van. The young cyclist, Sandra (Marija Karan), is critically injured. Seeing Michael's clerical garb, she asks him for absolution before her last breath. Initially hesitant, Michael is unable to refuse, comforting her and performing a blessing ritual to absolve her of her sins. Seeing how calmly Michael handled the situation, Father Matthew tells Michael that he is called to be a priest despite his resignation. He also tells Michael that with the rise in demonic possessions every year, the Church needs more exorcists and says that he has the potential to become one. Father Matthew wants to send him to the Vatican in Rome, so he can attend an exorcism class taught by his friend Father Xavier (Ciarán Hinds). Michael finally accepts after Father Matthew tells him that the Church might convert his scholarship into a student loan that would cost $100,000 if his immediate resignation stood. If Michael attends the exorcism class and still wants to resign afterwards, then they will discuss matters (hinting that he may be free to leave).
Shanghai
Shanghai (2010)
, 1h45
Directed by Mikael Håfström
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance
Themes Spy films, Political films
Actors John Cusack, Gong Li, Chow Yun-fat, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, David Morse, Ken Watanabe
Rating63% 3.1989453.1989453.1989453.1989453.198945
In December 1941, just before the USA's entry into World War II, an American agent from the Naval Intelligence Office (Cusack) arrives in Shanghai to find his friend Conner (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) was recently murdered. Determined to find out who killed Conner and why, he begins working at the Herald using the alias Paul Soames, a Nazi-sympathizer cover he used while stationed in Berlin. He meets Anthony Lan-Ting (Chow Yun-Fat) an influential crime lord and Captain Tanaka (Ken Watanabe) at the German embassy in Shanghai, during an invitation only event. He later befriends Anthony when he saves him during an attack on Japanese officers by the Chinese Resistance at a night club.
1408
1408 (2007)
, 1h44
Directed by Mikael Håfström
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about writers, Ghost films
Actors John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary McCormack, Tony Shalhoub, Len Cariou, Isiah Whitlock, Jr.
Rating67% 3.3989853.3989853.3989853.3989853.398985
Mike Enslin (John Cusack) is a cynical, skeptical author who, after the death of his daughter Katie (Jasmine Jessica Anthony), writes books appraising supernatural events in which he has no belief. After his latest book, he receives an anonymous postcard depicting The Dolphin, a hotel on Lexington Avenue in New York City bearing the message, "Don't enter 1408." Viewing this as a challenge, Mike forces the hotel to allow him to book the room, referencing a law that any hotel room in New York can be requested as long as it meets safety standards. The hotel manager, Gerald Olin (Samuel L. Jackson) tries to dissuade Mike from checking into the room, explaining that 56 people have died in the room over the past 95 years, and that no one has lasted more than an hour inside it. Mike, who does not believe in the paranormal, insists on staying in the room, and asks Olin if he thinks it is haunted; Olin replies that it is "evil" rather than haunted.
Derailed
Derailed (2006)
, 1h48
Directed by Mikael Håfström
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Transport films, Rail transport films
Actors Clive Owen, Jennifer Aniston, Vincent Cassel, Melissa George, Giancarlo Esposito, Addison Timlin
Rating65% 3.298433.298433.298433.298433.29843
Charles Schine (Clive Owen), is an advertising executive. His marriage to Deanna (Melissa George) is deteriorating, and his daughter Amy (Addison Timlin) suffers from diabetes, requiring expensive medication. Charles's story is being written down by an unidentified man in a prison cell.
Drowning Ghost, 1h40
Directed by Mikael Håfström
Genres Thriller, Horror, Slasher
Themes Serial killer films
Actors Rebecka Hemse, Rebecca Ferguson, Anders Ekborg, Kjell Bergqvist, Stig Engström, Bojan Westin
Rating45% 2.258792.258792.258792.258792.25879
The movie opens at a boarding school, at the time of the big party before summer break. While most of the students are outside listening to the headmaster's speech one student, Rebecka, is seen showering and writing a letter before jumping off the school's tower to her death.
Evil
Evil (2003)
, 1h53
Directed by Mikael Håfström
Origin Suede
Genres Drama
Themes Films about education, Films about school violence
Actors Andreas Wilson, Gustaf Skarsgård, Henrik Lundström, Filip Berg, Marie Richardson, Johan Rabaeus
Rating77% 3.8985253.8985253.8985253.8985253.898525
Erik Ponti, a 15-year-old boy, lives with his mother and sadistic stepfather in Stockholm. At home, his stepfather beats him every day after dinner. His docile mother ignores her husband's sadistic nature and allows the violence to proceed. At school, Erik is violent and frequently engages in fights, as a result of his violent upbringing. After a particularly vicious fight, Erik is expelled. The headmaster labels him vicious and accuses him of being pure evil. In an attempt to provide her son with a fresh start he sorely needs, his mother sells of some of her possessions and sends Erik to a boarding school.
Vendetta
Vendetta (1995)
, 2h15
Directed by Mikael Håfström
Genres Thriller, Action
Actors Ennio Fantastichini, Stig Engström, Erland Josephson, Renato Carpentieri, Oliver Tobias, Marika Lagercrantz
Rating59% 2.9528252.9528252.9528252.9528252.952825
Carl Hamilton gets assigned to go to Sicily in order to free two Swedish business men who are kept captured by a local villain named Don Tommaso. The Don wants a Swedish naval robot system in exchange for his hostages. In the beginning Hamilton acts merely as a negotiator, but when he cannot accept the demands of his counterpart the situation escalates.

Scriptwriter

Drowning Ghost, 1h40
Directed by Mikael Håfström
Genres Thriller, Horror, Slasher
Themes Serial killer films
Actors Rebecka Hemse, Rebecca Ferguson, Anders Ekborg, Kjell Bergqvist, Stig Engström, Bojan Westin
Roles Writer
Rating45% 2.258792.258792.258792.258792.25879
The movie opens at a boarding school, at the time of the big party before summer break. While most of the students are outside listening to the headmaster's speech one student, Rebecka, is seen showering and writing a letter before jumping off the school's tower to her death.
Evil
Evil (2003)
, 1h53
Directed by Mikael Håfström
Origin Suede
Genres Drama
Themes Films about education, Films about school violence
Actors Andreas Wilson, Gustaf Skarsgård, Henrik Lundström, Filip Berg, Marie Richardson, Johan Rabaeus
Rating77% 3.8985253.8985253.8985253.8985253.898525
Erik Ponti, a 15-year-old boy, lives with his mother and sadistic stepfather in Stockholm. At home, his stepfather beats him every day after dinner. His docile mother ignores her husband's sadistic nature and allows the violence to proceed. At school, Erik is violent and frequently engages in fights, as a result of his violent upbringing. After a particularly vicious fight, Erik is expelled. The headmaster labels him vicious and accuses him of being pure evil. In an attempt to provide her son with a fresh start he sorely needs, his mother sells of some of her possessions and sends Erik to a boarding school.
Kops
Kops (2003)
, 1h30
Directed by Josef Fares
Origin Suede
Genres Comedy, Action
Actors Fares Fares, Göran Ragnerstam, Eva Röse
Rating66% 3.349053.349053.349053.349053.34905
The film concerns the police force of a small fictional Swedish village, Högboträsk. The village is so peaceful that crime has become nonexistent. The police spend their shifts drinking coffee, eating hot dogs and chasing down runaway cows. This is all well and good for the village's own police, but the police management board wants to discontinue the local police force for lack of crime. This would mean the loss of income for the policemen, so they begin to stage crimes in order to preserve their jobs. This includes burning down the local hotdog stand, hiring a drunk to steal a packet of sausages, thrashing a local car, faking a shootout and staging a kidnapping using their friends as actors.