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Visions of Suffering (2006)

Not Rated | | Horror | Video 26 September 2006
Demons cross the divide between the world of dreams and waking reality to capture a victim and drag him back to their nightmarish realm.

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Andrey Iskanov

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Andrey Iskanov
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Credited cast:
Igor Anikin Igor Anikin
Alexandra Batrumova Alexandra Batrumova ... The Girlfriend
Yukari Fujimoto Yukari Fujimoto
Svyatoslav Iliyasov Svyatoslav Iliyasov ... The Man in Black Beret
Andrey Iskanov Andrey Iskanov ... The Priest
Alexander Kravchenko Alexander Kravchenko
Zoya Alexandrovna Makarova Zoya Alexandrovna Makarova ... (as Zoya Makarova)
Irina Nikitina Irina Nikitina
Igor Orlov Igor Orlov ... The Man in Black
Alexander Shevchenko Alexander Shevchenko ... The Man in Glasses
Victor Silkin Victor Silkin
Dmitriy Skripnik Dmitriy Skripnik
Anna Subbotina Anna Subbotina
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Visions of Suffering is alive with outrageous special effects and astonishing visuals that propel the viewer into a surreal world he/she may never escape from. Demons stalk a victim in his sleep. They appear whenever the rain falls and threaten to break free from the land of dreams into his conscious world. A drug-induced vision allows the demons to escape their hellish realm, and the victim is dragged into their nightmare domain. The latest film from director Andrey Iskanov ("Nails", "Philosophy of a Knife"), this Russian tale of horror takes you on a stunning visual journey into the abyss of nightmarish hallucination. Written by biggie

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A dream is a reality rejected by our mind See more »

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Russia | USA

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

26 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A szenvedés víziói See more »

Filming Locations:

Khabarovsk, Russia See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Voice of Alexandra Batrumova was dubbed by another actress. See more »

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(Raskaji mne vse)
Written and Performed by Alexander Shevchenko
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Too much of a good thing
21 May 2008 | by polysicsarebestSee all my reviews

Visions of Suffering is the purest definition of "style over substance" that I can really think of. There's not much of a plot, and what there is of one is pretty... uh... stupid (some nonsense about vampires, drugs, dreams, goth chicks, and a broken telephone). But you don't watch a film like this for the plot -- it's all about the imagery, right? So, yeah, if you watch this film for its imagery, you're probably going to enjoy yourself -- it's EASILY the most insane movie ever made. Honestly, I thought a lot of the images were brilliant, though about half of them were cheesy (maybe intentionally?) in a seriously "Look how many VST plugins I have on my DV editing program!" kind of way. Note the images themselves aren't bad, it's some of the cheesy filters the director puts them through. Unfortunately, we're probably going to be seeing a lot more of this in the future from other young independent directors...

Really, at two hours and six minutes, the film feels about two times as long as it should be, and the initial shock of what you're seeing starts to turn to annoyance at around the half-way mark. Especially that strobe light -- god, turn that thing off. I can safely say most of it wasn't boring, but a LOT of fat could have been excised, mainly all the shots in the rave. On the other hand, I have to give points to the shockingly effective gore and some hilarious dialogue. And despite some of the cheese in the images, there are some that are unbelievable: one shot near the end of a 3D scythe and a man's testicles blew me away. And that's all I'll say about that...

So, long story short: This film is nothing like El Topo or whatever other films this has been compared to, it's not an "art cult film", it's NOT Lynch-like (I swear, every somewhat weird or somewhat experimental film on IMDb gets called "Lynch-like")... it's more of a bedroom DV experiment with a lot of interesting shots and a lot of silly effects. This film could have been brilliant if a good 30 minute chunk of it was taken out. As it is, it's occasionally genius, oftentimes disturbing, but usually only mildly interesting. It's a film you'll never forget, though, which offers kind of a contradiction: after the movie is over, you will say, "That was the most messed-up film I've ever seen!" for sure, but you won't really remember what made it so messed up. It's just a constant onslaught of visuals and weird sounds, but it too offers something of a contradiction. If the point of the director was to make a bunch of insane visuals, why even waste time with the silly storyline and characters? There are just a few too many elements at work here to be able to define this film as "good"... so, don't go in expecting a "good" film, but if you want to see something more messed-up than Begotten, Pinnochio 964, Tetsuo, Happiness of the Katakuris, and Holy Mountain COMBINED (though, again, it's not really like any of those movies), you should check this out. Definitely worth one watch though I highly doubt even fans of this would want to pop it back in for a bunch of repeated viewings.


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