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III: The Ritual (2015)

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A small European town, where sisters Ayia and Mirra live, gets struck down by an unknown disease which takes many lives. Following their mother's death, the younger sister falls ill. Having... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Polina Davydova Polina Davydova ... Aya
Lyubov Ignatushko Lyubov Ignatushko ... Mirra
Evgeniy Gagarin Evgeniy Gagarin ... Father Herman
Andrey Abramichev Andrey Abramichev ... Doctor
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A small European town, where sisters Ayia and Mirra live, gets struck down by an unknown disease which takes many lives. Following their mother's death, the younger sister falls ill. Having realized that conventional medicine is useless in the face of the sister's disease, Ayia seeks help from Father Herman, a parish priest and a close family friend. In his house she finds books that are very far from the conventional religion. She gets to know that only penetration into Mirra's sick subconscious mind and discovery of the true cause of her disease will give her a chance to save her sister. Ayia is ready to go through this terrifying ritual, dive into the depths of the subconscious mind, and face the demons residing there. Written by Anonymous

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Since the closer to the bottom of the ocean, the darker it gets...

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Germany | Russia

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Russian

Release Date:

23 October 2015 (Germany) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Marburg, Hessen, Germany See more »

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Monomania Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (RCA Sound Recording)

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Beautiful merges Silent Hill, Fatal Frame and The Cell into a visually stunning film
11 November 2015 | by manuelasaezSee all my reviews

I came across this film with very little info beforehand, not even having watched the trailer. There is so much to love about this movie, I don't even know where to begin. The creators are obvious fans of the work of Yamaoka Akira (who did the soundtracks to Silent Hill), the franchise itself, Fatal Frame and the work of director Tarsem. One of the most visually stunning films I have seen all year, III combines art-house aesthetics with stylized horror to great effect. Anyone who has played Silent hill will automatically see the inspiration, as the creature and effects designs would be right at home in the game. The story of one sister attempting to save the other echoes that of Fatal Frame, withe similar eerie undertones. Lastly, having the girl enter her sisters subconscious takes me back to Tarsem's The Cell, also a visually stunning film. The topping on an already delicious cake is the incredible soundtrack; Yamaoka-san himself would be proud to hear music that is clearly inspired by his work, and it flowed so beautifully with the visuals of the film, that it was an almost flawless culmination. Aside from some gaps in the storytelling, and a bit if confusion towards the end, there really hasn't been a movie like this is a very long time. If you love art-house films that are actually interesting to watch, I highly recommend III. Fans of Silent Hill, this is a no brainer.


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