Mikael Håfström

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Mikael Håfström
Born (1960-07-01) 1 July 1960 (age 55)
Lund, Sweden
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 1987–present

Mikael Håfström (born 1 July 1960) is a Swedish film director and screenwriter.[1] He is best known for the 2003 film, Evil.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Lund, Sweden, Mikael Håfström studied film at the University of Stockholm and the School of Visual Arts.[3]


Håfström's 2003 film, Evil, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 76th Academy Awards.[4] His slasher film, Drowning Ghost, screened at the 2004 Cannes Film Market.[5]

In 2005, Håfström directed Derailed, which starred Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston.[6]

Håfström directed 1408, a horror film based on the Stephen King novel of the same name and starring John Cusack, in 2007.[7] He collaborated with Cusack again in Shanghai, which premiered at the 2010 Shanghai International Film Festival.[8]

He directed The Rite, an exorcism thriller film starring Anthony Hopkins, in 2011.[9] His 2013 film, Escape Plan, starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone.[10]

In 2013, it was announced that Håfström will direct an film adaptation of Tunnels.[11]



Year Title Role Original title
1995 Vendetta director
2001 Days Like This director, writer Leva Livet
2003 Kopps co-writer
2003 Evil director, co-writer Ondskan
2004 Drowning Ghost director, writer Strandvaskaren
2005 Derailed director
2007 1408 director
2010 Shanghai director
2011 The Rite director
2013 Escape Plan director
TBA Tunnels director


Year Title Role
1989 Terrorns Finger director
1992 Hassel: De Giriga director, writer
1992 Botgörarna director, writer
1996 Skuggornas Hus director
1997 Chock 1: The Angel of Death director
1997 Chock 2: Kött writer
1999 Sjätte Dagen writer


  1. ^ "Mikael Håfström". AllMovie. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Child, Ben (9 April 2014). "Noomi Rapace to join spy thriller Unlocked for director Mikael Hafstrom". The Guardian. 
  3. ^ "Mikael Hafstrom". British Independent Film Awards. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Buzzelli, Susan (1 March 2004). "Amidst Criticism of Its Choices, Academy Brings Together Foreign Language Nominees". IndieWire. 
  5. ^ Rehlin, Gunnar (17 June 2004). "Review: ‘Drowning Ghost’". Variety. 
  6. ^ Dargis, Manohla (11 November 2005). "Derailed - Two Strangers on a Train, en Route to Big Trouble". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ Atkinson, Michael (20 December 2011). "1408 (2007)". Sight & Sound. 
  8. ^ Kerr, Elizabeth (14 October 2010). "Shanghai - Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  9. ^ Hazelton, John (25 January 2011). "The Rite - Reviews - Screen". Screen International. 
  10. ^ McCahill, Mike (17 October 2013). "Escape Plan – review". The Guardian. 
  11. ^ White, James (28 February 2013). "Mikael Hafstrom Digs Tunnels - He'll make the YA adaptation". Empire. 

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