NOCHNOY DOZOR (NIGHT WATCH)
Konstantin Khabenskiy, Vladimir Menshov, Mariya Poroshina, and Galina Tjunina. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov. The film broke all box-office records in Russia. In the International version of the film Yegor (Dimitriy Martynoy) is seen watching BTVS (Buffy vs. Dracula).
The clip from Buffy that was used in the international version of the film is the part of the episode in
which Dracula introduces himself to Buffy.
BUFFY: Who are you?
DRACULA: I'm sorry, I thought you knew. I am Dracula.
BUFFY: Get out!
That part of the film gives one a bit of insight into what it might be like to live in Moscow (lots of high tech surrounded by crumbling buildings). It is a well-made film; a bit gory even for a vampire flick; but the story is kind of funny. It seems that Russia (at least this particular filmmaker) perceives Heaven and Hell, Good and Evil, as being administered by a giant bureaucracy. And solutions to problems are quite simplistic. For instance, to remove a curse, all that is needed is for the person who did the cursing to take it back. Verbally. No pesky rituals or incantations required.
Director Timur Bekmambetov's latest film , ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, was released on 18 June 2012 in the US. The notion is that Mr. Lincoln's mother was killed by a vampire inspiring in him a vengeful quest to destroy vampires and their slave-owning minions.