Petersburg at the end of the 19th century was embraced by a massive enthusiasm for the occult sciences and esotericism. British medium Olivia Reed arrives in the capital of the Russian ...
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Petersburg at the end of the 19th century was embraced by a massive enthusiasm for the occult sciences and esotericism. British medium Olivia Reed arrives in the capital of the Russian Empire on tour and gathers crowds of people at her public spiritualistic sessions. At this time, a series of ritual mysterious murders takes place in the city. Girls are abducted on the streets, their mutilated bodies are found in various parts of the city. The investigation is carried out by a young police officer Rostov and his assistant Ganin. With each new victim, things are becoming more confused. Suspicion leads Rostov to Olivia, and he decides to turn to her in the hope that her genuine or imaginary ability to summon the spirits of the dead can help to get on the trail of the killer.Written by
Seances, book of the dead, ritualistic serial killings and putting everything together.
I've watched 10-15 Russian films and for the most part, they have been ok. I've come to enjoy their attention to color and costuming very much and it may be what really keeps me interested in watching more.
There is a lot of CGI stuff in these films. Mostly used as backdrops or enhancements, they are quite noticable and the beginning of this film in particular, it was almost too much. After the opening scenes, they weren't so blatantly obvious though.
The action scenes could've used a bit more finesse as they looked very choreographed.
The story here is decent but it lacks depth and detail. There's enough to keep you engaged but I kept waiting for things to be explained more. I was disappointed that the rituals were not explained but they were still intriguing.
My guess is that there may be sequel to this and if so, I liked this enough to want to see what else may happened. So, I thought it was pretty good. If you like period horror/thrillers check it out.
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