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13 January 2011 @ 06:48 pm
My love for movies has shown itself again  
I discovered the Russian band Unreal through the music video they did for the movie Vedma; ever since then I've wanted to see it, despite some mediocre reviews I read. I decided they were most likely written by people who wanted to the shit scared out of them. Personally, I don't mind "thrillers" that aren't really that scary. However, I haven't been able to find it with English subs. Until now.

I love foreign movies; I think what might seem cliche to a foreign audience isn't to Americans, simply because we don't have the same themes. And apparently the story is based loosely on a Russian folktale, and there are several versions in the movies. And actually, I saw the trailer for a newer, remake of a soviet movie, Viy, with the same plot, and decided I didn't want to, simply because it looked so Americanized.

I thought Vedma was wonderful, though. The plot was actually a twist, in that the main character wasn't a priest, but was merely pretending to be so. And quite a bit of the cinematography was absolutely beautiful. The music video, which I've put up, only shows a small amount of this; a lot of the lighting that I love is during the daytime scenes.

And regardless of the heavy religious context, I would recommend it, along, with the American movie Stigmata, which is another christian-based thriller; both are currently available to watch through YouTube. Neither is very scary, but both are beautiful, and I don't believe one has to be Christian to appreciate the stories. (The trailer for Stigmata does absolutely nothing for the movie itself.)

aaa_mazingaaa_mazing on January 14th, 2011 03:25 am (UTC)
Vedma is one of very few Russian scary movies. It was totally ignored here. Do you know it is a very free interpretation of a classical novel. I'd say too free. The original movie version is called Viy as well as the novel by Gogol. The first movie is closer to the written original. Vedma has just a tiny resemblance of the original plot.
MissTeacakes: WantOnemissteacakes on January 14th, 2011 03:46 am (UTC)
I'd say I don't mind when a movie is "free," but I might feel differently if I grew up with it. (I'm a classicist, so the movie "Troy" sent me into convulsions, if that's any kind of example.)

I saw parts of the original Viy movie from the sixties, and liked it for its sixties-horrorness; I then saw a trailer for the 2009 remake Viy, and rolled my eyes at her climbing all over the walls. It's something that's been all over American movies in the past few years, and just annoys me at this point. I'd rather them scrap nearly all the original plot than see something almost identical with over-the-top special effects. However, I also get almost no access to non-english movies outside of Asians films, so I get excited at nearly everything at this point...
aaa_mazingaaa_mazing on January 14th, 2011 04:11 am (UTC)
To my mind Vedma is a very bad 'copy' of a low-rate American movie. Almost nothing in common with the original.
Russian directors suck in making horrors:) But Viy was quite an advance for that time.
BTW, 'Troy' was a hilarious version of the original. Like a history taking place in a paralell universe:) (if you see what I mean)