Europe, the late 19th Century: Janick is a brilliant but ultimately doomed young doctor in a remote town under the black cloud of a great Plague. His radical theories about life and death ...
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Europe, the late 19th Century: Janick is a brilliant but ultimately doomed young doctor in a remote town under the black cloud of a great Plague. His radical theories about life and death make him an outcast, driving him from his position at the medical college and from his beloved Esmeralda, into exile. Soon after Janick disappears Esmeralda becomes sick, and without his help, shortly dies. Enter a mysterious masked figure who exhumes her newly deceased body, takes her back to his remote lair and begins performing experiments upon it. Waking to find herself given a new life, Esmeralda slowly begins to re-learn the simple acts of life: eating, walking, dancing... all under the watchful tutelage of her mysterious savior. As awareness slowly creeps back into her psyche, she begins to wonder what his true motivations are. Written by
The motion picture was shot over a period of two-and-a-half years, primarily in areas around the directors' home city of Pittsburgh, PA for the unbelievably small budget of $4000. Locations included the notorious Dixmont State Lunatic Asylum (since demolished), an abandoned steel mill, and a dilapidated (and structurally unsound) condemned house. See more »
I saw this movie during a week run in LA's Laemmle Grande 4-plex. It was amazing! They did a great job of making this movie, shot on video, look like an old Nosferatu-era film! And to make a period piece on a super low budget is a true challenge, but they pulled it off. The buildings they used for the sets definitely fit the era. They all looked very industrial and and dwarfed the actors, which really added to the production value of the film. It's hard to believe that it was shot in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and not in the Czech Republic! The cinematography was visually stunning and the score really put you in the correct time frame. I can't wait to pick up the DVD and watch it again.
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