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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 Romanian forest.

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Dzhonatan Grin (as Dzheyson Fleming)
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Otets Paisiy
Aleksey Chadov ...
Petrus
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Nastusya (as Agniya Ditkovskite)
Yuriy Tsurilo ...
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Overko
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Dorosh (as Igor Zhizhikin)
Valeriy Zolotukhin ...
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Zhena Yavtukha
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Taras
Ivan Mokhovikov ...
Anatoliy Gushchin ...
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Bursak Khoma (as Aleksey A. Petrukhin)
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Panas
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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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Ne boysya... (Don't be afraid...) See more »


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30 January 2014 (Russia)  »

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Forbidden Empire  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)
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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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Version of Viy (1967) See more »

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Extraordinary effects, poor dubbing
10 January 2017 | by (Vojvodina) – See all my reviews

Unlike some comments, I think the effects in this movie are extraordinary, especially the church and dinner scenes, and I cannot remember when I saw such in any movie recently. And it keeps going throughout the whole movie (including complete scenery in whole movie!). The kid in you will watch it mouth open!

Unfortunately, for some reason, someone has decided to dub the movie into English since it is originally in Russian and this was done quite poor. I was watching it on the movie channel and I was not sure what is wrong with the tone until I found out this is Russian movie which was dubbed (I am against dubbing)... And I am looking to watch the original version.

If you like this type of movies (fantasy), you will have 2 quality hours of full enjoyment!


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