Release date: 2009
When I have written about the story Viy and, more so, the films thereof, I often mention the strigoï vii and strigoï mort. Though these two types of vampire are not mentioned in story and, indeed, hail from Romania rather than the Ukraine (the source of Viy), it was the easiest way to describe the vampiric principle.
The strigoï vii is a living vampire or vampiric witch, the strigoï mort is the undead (or, more properly, dead) variant. There are blessed few books and fewer films that actually feature traditional strigoï (and in those I’m classing the Viy variants). So this British funded, Romanian shot film with Romanian actors performing in English was already intriguing – it uses the strigoï mythology.
|a kangaroo court|
|post execution party|
|Rudi Rosenfeld as Nicolae|
|Catalin Paraschiv as Vlad|
|Constantin Barbulescu as Constantin|
|Ileana hungers for food|
|sat in his grave|
|removing the heart|
|Octav and Vlad|
The acting is superb throughout. Special mention to Catalin Paraschiv, Rudi Rosenfeld and Camelia Maxim – who all bring their characters to glorious, eccentric life. 8.5 out of 10.
At the time of review the film is only available on Swedish DVD but the imdb page is here.