“Forbidden Empire” (also known as “Viy”) is a 2014 fantasy horror film directed by Oleg Stepchenko. The movie is based on the Nikolai Gogol short story of the same name. The film is set in 18th century Ukraine and follows a cartographer named Jonathan Green who is sent on a mission by the British Crown to map the uncharted lands of Transylvania. Along the way, he encounters a number of strange and terrifying creatures, including a witch who has the power to bring the dead back to life.
The film features impressive special effects and production design, creating a believable 18th century world. The creature design is also well done, with the witch and her minions being particularly memorable. The story is a bit slow at times, but it builds to a satisfying climax. The acting is solid, with Jason Flemyng giving a standout performance as Jonathan Green.
Overall, “Forbidden Empire” is a well-made fantasy horror film that should appeal to fans of the genre. The film’s blend of horror and fantasy elements creates an eerie and otherworldly atmosphere that is sure to keep viewers on the edge of their seats.