Mikael Håfström

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Mikael Håfström
The Director of ‘Evil’ Mikael Hafstrom, Actor Andreas Eilson, Director of the film ‘Double Shift’ Maria Essen, the Producer of the film ‘Threat’ Christer Abrahamson Actor Stefan Sauk.jpg
Mikael Håfström (left), IFFI (2005)
Jan Mikael Håfström

OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Years active1987–present

Jan Mikael Håfström 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 short story 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 a film adaptation of Tunnels.[11] In November 2021, it was announced he would direct the sci-fi film Slingshot.[12]



Year Title Director Writer Original title
1995 Vendetta Yes No
2001 Days Like This Yes Yes Leva Livet
2003 Kopps No Yes
Evil Yes Yes Ondskan
2004 Drowning Ghost Yes Yes Strandvaskaren
2005 Derailed Yes No
2007 1408 Yes No
2010 Shanghai Yes No
2011 The Rite Yes No
2013 Escape Plan Yes No
2019 The Perfect Patient Yes No Quick
2021 Outside the Wire Yes No
TBA Slingshot Yes No
TBA Tunnels Yes No


Year Title Director Writer
1989 Terrorns Finger Yes No
1992 Hassel: De Giriga Yes Yes
Botgörarna Yes Yes
1996 Skuggornas Hus Yes No
1997 Chock 1: The Angel of Death Yes No
Chock 2: Kött No Yes
1999 Sjätte Dagen No Yes


  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. Archived from the original on 5 January 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  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.
  12. ^ Ritman, Alex (23 November 2021). "Casey Affleck to Lead Sci-Fi Thriller 'Slingshot' With Laurence Fishburne, Emily Beecham". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 November 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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