Forbidden Empire is loosely based on a famous short story called, Viy, by Russian writer, Nikolai Gogol. It was first released back in 1835, and tells the story of a mythical creature that stalks a rural village somewhere in Transylvania.

This creature will put so much fear into you that it will result in death. and this has the local (and very strange) villagers terrified. Apart from the creature, there is a forest surrounding the village that is filled with all sorts of stuff  from, witches, to winged demons, glowing-eyed bloodthirsty wolves – it really does have it all. Also there is these little flying monster things that you just want to take home and keep as a pet…. but that is probably not a good idea.

fe2The forest scenes were incredibly well done, and the mist and fog that lay thick on the ground really gave a sense of dread. The film itself looked like something straight from a Tim Burton movie, and I mean that in the best possible way – Forbidden Empire is quite visually stunning

The film had a lot of CGI and I thought most of it looked really well. The creatures (and there is quite the variety) were incredibly well done, and very original looking.

feThere have been a lot of  films that have featured this creature, (VIY) with some staying really close to, Gogol’s, tale. If people watched this thinking that it was a direct remake of Gogol’s story, then they’re not going to get what they are looking for. If you’re aware from the get-go that, Forbidden Empire, is just loosely based on Gogol’s story – then you’ll find that this is an original and hugely enjoyable fantasy/horror that is suitable for MOST of the family.

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An 18th century English cartographer, Jonathan Green, sets out on a journey to map the uncharted lands of Transylvania, only to discover the dark secrets and dangerous creatures hidden in a cursed, fantastical Ukrainian forest.

Cast: Jason Flemyng (X-Men: First Class, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones,” The Imitation Game), Igot Jijikine (Safe, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull)

Directed by: Oleg Stepchenko

Written by: Nikolai Gogol (story), Aleksandr Karpov, Oleg Stepchenko

Produced by: Gleb Fetisov, Alexander Kulikov, Leonid Ogorodnikov, Aleksey Petrukhin

Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure

Distributor: Entertainment One





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