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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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Pravda v tebe (The truth is in you) 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 Black Sunday (1960) See more »

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A Complete Mess
11 October 2015 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

"Viy", a.k.a. "Forbidden Empire" is a fantasy film with a confused story about a British cartographer that flees from England (actually from his future father-in-law) expecting to raise a fortune in the East to marry his beloved girlfriend but finding a cursed place. The film has wonderful special effects but is hard to be followed since the pretentious screenplay is not well-written and is totally disconnected with many plot points.

The 1967 film is a Russian classic horror movie and a little gem. However this unnecessary remake is a complete mess and difficult to understand which the target audience is. My vote is three.

Title (Brazil): "A Lenda" ("The Legend")


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