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A mysterious Dark Horseman slays young girls near the village of Dikanka, and he has already butchered 11 ladies. Nikolai Gogol, a scribe from Saint Petersburg has to take charge of the investigation, but the closer he gets to solving the case, the more fits he has, causing macabre visions.
When he learns the next victim is his beloved, Liza, he doubts that he can protect her and resist the murderer. Fortunately, he meets somebody who can help him: Khoma Brut, the witch hunter, martial artist and philosopher. Together they spend three dreadful nights in an old chapel reading the funeral service for Ulyana, the witch, and calling upon the ghastly evil spirit Viy.
Like an idiot I watched this - the second of a trilogy - first because I saw a Svetlana Loboda music video on Music Box UA and it had clips from this in it and I'm that much of a Loboda stan, it seems. Indeed, the Loboda song plays at the end of the movie so at least I got the right film. However, I had no idea at the time it was a trilogy.
I've now rectified my error and ordered the other two parts but yeah. I'm dumb. Anyway, these movies all seem to pit Nikolai Gogol played brilliantly by Alexander Petrov against the dark nightmares of his own creations. That's usually one of my least favourite tropes…. Viel neues passiert im zweiten Teil von Chroniken der Finsternis nicht, aber eigentlich schon. But this time the quality control was lowered: wrong takes, false notes, inappropriate music and bad acting a faithful companion of russian cinema.
Petrov still has no clue and overdoing it every available second. Looks great and has epic moments, but is just as cheesy at times as the first one. But unlike the first one you start to feel, that this is a re-edited TV show.
There just seems to be missing something, like backstory for some characters. Also, some of the characters are stereotypical and douchie like Binkh, for example. Still: solid entertainment, great visuals and epic call backs to Gogols life and dark russian folklore. Die Fortsetzung unterstreicht das mit der Ausstattung und der Settings nochmal deutlich.
Insgesamt ein solider Fantasy-Streifen. It turns out that I was right, and that this was created as a TV series, but was decided to be released into theaters in Russia. After watching this I need to delve more into dark Russian folklore. Part two of the Gogol trilogy. This time he has to face a demon hunter. The rider marked the houses of seven girls. The second film is better than part one. They can make a biopic on Nikolai Gogol that tries this hard to not deal with his writing, and it will still somehow turn into an adaptation of "Viy".
As many movies as they've made out of that story, we never saw how Gogol got the legendary idea, and I reckon we never will. Leave now if you didn't think I was describing this as a biopic jokingly, because you must not know that this is a sequel, picking up where "Gogol. The Beginning" left off with Gogol's investigation into the supernatural forces harassing the humble village of Dikanka. The Dark Horseman has been on quite the bloody spree against young women on church holidays, and when he sets his….
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A mysterious Dark Horseman slays young girls near the village of Dikanka, and he has already butchered 11 ladies. Nikolai Gogol, a scribe from Saint Petersburg has to take charge of the investigation, but the closer he gets to solving the case, the more fits he has, causing macabre visions. When he learns the next victim is his beloved, Liza, he doubts that he can protect her and resist the murderer. Fortunately, he meets somebody who can help him: Khoma Brut, the witch hunter, martial artist and philosopher. Together they spend three dreadful nights in an old chapel reading the funeral service for Ulyana, the witch, and calling upon the ghastly evil spirit Viy. View More. View Edit History.
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The Beginning. After the events of the first film, Nikolai Gogol finds a case: among the things of Yakov Petrovich Guro is a secret file on himself with a postscript: "Mystery of birth — dark? Five brothers of Gogol died at birth or soon after birth; later, in the visions of Nikolai and the memories of Yakim who does not dare to reveal the truth to the gentleman , Vasily Gogol-Yanovsky accepts from despair the offer of a stranger with a bandage on his face, covering his nose. The stranger promises that the baby will survive, but payment for this will be an agreement with certain forces; Vasily replies that he is ready for anything, just to not bury his children anymore. When Nikolai is born, the stranger revives the stillborn baby. In the morning, foreign sorcerer Basavryuk arrives in Dikanka: local people know him and are afraid, because he is famed as a hunter for the souls of Christians. However, there are no grounds for his arrest, and the priest warns Gogol to stay away from him.
The title is also the name of the demonic entity central to the plot. Every summer, there is usually a large procession of all the students moving around the area as they travel home. However, the group is reduced to three students: the theologian Khaliava, the philosopher Khoma Brut, and the rhetorician Tibery Gorobets. As the night draws in, the students hope to find a village near the main road where they can find some rest and food. However, they become lost in the wilderness, eventually coming upon two small houses and a farm.