Storia semplice e appassionante. Gli scontri fra il diacono e la strega sono realizzati bene e con scelte visive veramente appaganti. Lei ha un fascino ipnotico. Bel tono sopra le righe del protagonista, che si attenua nei momenti più critici. Bella visione esoterica delle campagne russe. La regia dà il giusto tono e, con effetti speciali efficaci, crea belle scene. Montaggio incisivo, che lascia un'impronta positiva
it's a cute fantasy film with outdated horror elements but surprising practical effects - the coffin closing and lights going out or the flying scenes are amazing. the whole "religion is the making of drunkards" idea is kind of cool, but, although it shows it wasn't rushed, the way it was used felt like it, since it wasn't the film's main goal. as the atmospheric horror experience it was trying to be, it's outdated.
Cool piece of russian folklore/horror. A seminarian has to spend three nights praying over the body of a witch with more horrifying results each night. By the third night an old school onslaught of visual effects take place. (pretty cool except for the title demon). If you're a fan of sixties hammer films or polanski's fearless vampire killers this one is for you.
A Christian remake of a Russian cosmologic legend mentions another Gogol in a good vs. evil plot. Sky & Earth missing, God flew about. He saw a floating waterbird (gogol). It was Satanaël. Asked to identify, S says: I'm God. Who's God then? "Lord of Lords, God of Gods". G sent S to the sea bottom, making him greatest of all angels. But when S wanted his throne above the clouds, G urged archangel Michael to crush him.
Strong candidate for the greatest final 10 minutes in any horror film. Can't get passed how endearing the practical special effects are here. Weirdly this film film feels like there's a subtext about men not understanding women. Kinda has Raimi vibe where the ghouls are on the fence between simply being annoying and actually wanting to fuck your day up.
Albeit a little goofy at times, this film is as gorgeous as it is creepy. Great practical special effects, and a reminder of the horror films of yore. Prior to gore, sex, and computers - there's eerie spirits and creatures, incantations, possession, religious zeal, and a tense score. The production design is colourful and beautiful in a classic/dated way, while the cinematography is surprisingly interesting.
A priest kills a witch and is then forced to spend three nights praying for her soul, which causes her corpse to come back to life and torment him. More light and comic and than that sounds this Gogol adaptation, features stunning special effects in it's climax of "werewolves, vampires" and the titular spirit of evil itself, which resembles something the Toxic Avenger might have done battle with. I enjoyed it.