Every week or so I can expect an email in my inbox from my friend Jussi in Finland, asking me if I know some totally-off-the-wall obscuro 1980's metal band whom he worships. Recently he sent me a link to a documentary trailer for Shock Tilt, a film recounting the story of a Finnish group who went to Germany to seek fame and fortune only to have their lead singer butchered by their creepy manager, which became a big national news event. What struck me most about the trailer was its odd sensibility for editing, all these strange and somewhat inappropriate backing tracks pop in as bed music in a sideways kind of way, although maybe it's just my American conditioning and it's all completely normal for Scandinavia. On further inspection of trailers for some of the other films put out by Halalax Productions, the Finnish distributor, I have come to the conclusion that it ain't me. Check out Idi Amin (22MB mov file), Riot On (16MB mov file) and you can download the trailer for Shock Tilt as well (33MB mov file). You might as well check out the trailer for Sobhraj:The Hippie Killer too, a documentary about the friend of a serial killer, with "Magic Carpet Ride" blazing amidst the somber images (!?) These are indeed real movies. The list of other Halax documentaries and video games is quite diverse as well, ranging in subject matter to the "dark and insane side of Kung Fu" to students of a tech institute being forced to make beer or out basic raw materials.