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An 18th century English cartographer, Jonathan Green, sets out on a journey to map the uncharted lands of Transylvania, only to discover the dark secrets and dangerous creatures hidden in a cursed, fantastical Ukrainian forest.

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Early 18th century. Cartographer Jonathan Green undertakes a scientific voyage from Europe to the East. Having passed through Transylvania and crossed the Carpathian Mountains, he finds himself in a small village lost in impassible woods. Nothing but chance and heavy fog could bring him to this cursed place. People who live here do not resemble any other people which the traveler saw before that. The villagers, having dug a deep moat to fend themselves from the rest of the world, share a naive belief that they could save themselves from evil, failing to understand that evil has made its nest in their souls and is waiting for an opportunity to gush out upon the world. Written by RFG

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Pravda v tebe (The truth is in you) See more »


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An adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's popular 1835 short story about the demon Viy -- whose gaze was deadly if met eye-to-eye -- it was originally scheduled to be released in 2009 to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Gogol's birth. See more »

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It put's your brain at work
24 March 2014 | by (London) – See all my reviews

The movie is filled with symbols you can read them well if you pay close attention, also the movie is charged with morale stories. Sometimes it is required your full attention in order to extract the idea.

The only drawback is that sometimes the story doesn't connect very well like the scene with the ogres, something that maybe want's to be surreal or an influence from the evil forces, a dream state that has the opposite effect on our protagonist. The movie has an original look that is one step away from the Hollywood typology. The effects look well with minor observations, the movie want's to be a horror movie but it isn't, it's a dark fantasy with religious themes. It s worth to mention that the budget was only 26 million and the results are spectacular for this amount.


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