Moscow Zero (2006)

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In Moscow, the priest Owen hires a team to guide him in the underworld to find his friend Sergei that is missing while researching the legend about the existence of demons and an entrance to hell beneath the city.


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17 January 2011 | rooprect
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| The most challenging ghost story I've seen in years
This is not your typical horror story. If you're looking for monsters, action, blood & guts, look elsewhere. This film spends the first half setting a dark, twisted, claustrophobic mood, and only toward the end does the mystery reveal itself--and even so, it's so cryptic that you may miss it entirely.

Who are the demons? That is the question you should keep in mind while watching the movie. If it ends without you knowing (or saying to yourself, 'I guess they're just a bunch of shadowy monsters from Hell') then try watching it a 2nd time. Clues are dropped along the way, and it's up to you to piece it together. What I really liked was the way the director doesn't bash you over the head with a "surprise ending" but instead you just sort of figure it out at your own pace. The answer is the payoff and ultimately what makes it such a brilliantly written story.

As much as I'd love to devote my entire review to that answer and all the compelling metaphorical statements it makes on a deeper level, I really can't say anything more without ruining it. Just bear in mind that things are often upside-down from what one might expect, and the identity of the demons is entirely based on perspective.

I thought the setting was perfect. Aside from some marvelous shots of the Russian Capital, the entire film is shot in the narrow tunnels of the underground catacombs (which I think are in Seville, Spain). The setting never changes, and much like the great war classic "Das Boot" (set in a submarine), it gives the feeling of suffocation and despair. Just as a sidenote, the end credits pay tribute to a crew member who apparently died there during filming, so I guess it was the real deal.

I don't usually watch horror flicks. I picked this because I saw Vincent Gallo was in it and also that many IMDb reviewers complained about it being "boring" (which, 9 times out of 10, just means that it's an intelligent story). I was not disappointed one bit. The cinematography & directing is captivating. What the film lacks in blood & guts is amply compensated for in mood & artistry. It reminds me of a classic ghost story you might hear around a campfire except, as I said above, it's a challenge to figure out. If you like horror films that work your brain like "Ghost Story" (1981), "The Others" (2001) and my fave "Exorcist III" (1990), give it a shot.

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