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About A Church for Churches and a Place for Faiths Mission Provide shelter to minority religious groups and to provide public education of minority belief system to promote tolerance. Company Overview To provide sanctuary to minority beliefs and chapels to those who wish to celebrate their belief separately. Description

Axis Sanctuary represents a new project combining the universal(ist) belief that “we are one” and “to do what is right” with the philosophy of Coexist by educating for tolerance .

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Vedma

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Plot:
Ivan Berkhoff, a well known journalist who specializes in covering stories that involve the paranormal and the supernatural, is sent to a small village where there has been reports of strange occurances. What should have been just another story for Ivan, will become one of the greatest challenges he has ever faced when he is mistaken for a priest and is requested to perform Mass over the body of a young girl that is the embodiement of pure evil, for three nights.

Our thoughts:
By accident, I came across the movie “Vedma” while I was browsing through a database of movies. Reading some brief info on the movie, it claimed that “Vedma” was a remake to the 1967 movie “Viy”. This of course caught my attention since I consider “Viy” to be a rather underrated movie. Which is not something you’ll catch me saying very often, since I find the word “underrated” to be thrown around to loosely these days by people who can’t even use it properly. While “Viy” is a bit on the dated side, it features some pretty amazing filming techniques and visuals given the time it was made. So I figured I would give “Vedma” a whirl, thinking I was going to get something just as visually interesting as “Viy”, unfortunately that wasn’t the case.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with either movie, both movies are based on a short horror story that goes by the same name as the 1967 film. The original story is about a monk who’s traveling and ends up staying at an old woman’s farm for the night. During the night, the old woman attacks the monk and rides on his back through the country side. After gaining the upper hand, he beats the old woman and as he’s beating her, she turns to a young woman. The monk flees and ends up at a village where a young woman who was found half dead, asks specifically for the monk to read prayers over her body for three nights. Each night though, she resurrects, more powerful than the night before and turns each night into a frightening living hell.

Now the original “Viy” is more of a direct adaptation of the story, so I more or less thought I’d be getting the exact same thing with “Vedma”. As it turns out though, “Vedma” isn’t a remake but rather a retelling of the original story. Except this time, the writers were a bit more liberal with their source material; in an attempt to not only make the movie more modern to fit the times but to help making it more marketable for American distribution. Which, going by what other critics have said about the movie, is what lead to its failure and it’s easy to see why. Now, other than Andrey Iskanov (director of “Nails” and “Philosophy of a Knife”), I really don’t know anything about Russian cinema, so from my lack of knowledge and experience I can’t offhand say that they American-ized the production of the movie. Though it’s not hard to notice the obvious influence of Western horror films, as it seems to opt for visuals rather than substance. Although, when the visuals are just as dull and repetitive as other previous modern day supernatural movies, what are you left with?

Rather than the story revolving around a monk, this time it’s about a reporter, named Ivan Berkhoff, who specializes in journalism about supernatural and other assorted odd-natured items (including a Miss Big Boobs contest). He heads to a small village known as Castle Ville to investigate some odd occurrences that have been happening there. After becoming stranded; he stays at an old farm house, and like the original story, is attacked by an old woman who turns into a young woman. After escaping he steals the clothes off the dead body of a priest that he ran into earlier, finds his way into Castle Ville, and is mistaken for the priest that the young girl asked for and has to perform the three night ceremony. Excluding the reporter pretending to be a priest aspect; that much of the story stays true to the original. The rest of the movie is where it starts to become its own clichéd story of a man who needs to find faith in order to fight off evil. Even then, the story is quite sloppy as the character Ivan never acknowledges or does anything that would elude to the fact that he is not a priest but a reporter and fills it’s runtime with pointless dialogue exchanges between Ivan and an assortment of various characters from the village that often has very little to do with the actual story.

The worst aspect of the movie is how quickly it moves. I mean, this is a fast paced movie to the point that we can never get attached to the characters or get to see the moral dilemma of a man who is lying to an entire town. Not to mention how somebody who is not a member of the clergy and openly states that he has no faith, can go to face the embodiment of pure evil where having pure faith is needed in order to survive. Instead the movie just blows through each scene, jumping from one scene of character exchanges to the next, to Ivan reading prayers during the three nights that the story takes place. Because the movie moves so fast, not only do you lose proper character and story development, but it never manages to create any scares. Each night sequence lasts anywhere between five or ten minutes. Considering this is where the horror aspect comes into play, having rushed scenes like this doesn’t cut it. Though the scenes were handled just as poorly as the rest of the movie since the possessed body of the young girl only fly’s around the room, and makes attempts at attacking the young man. Where’s the horror in that?

There are plenty of other aspects that help to make this movie an abysmal failure, such as the awful wooden, emotionless acting from everybody involved in the movie. Really though, because the story is so sloppy, moves at a pace of a caffeine fueled A.D.D. child, and there are absolutely zero scares or even a hint of an atmosphere, the movie is damn near unwatchable. I really can’t think of any reason to watch it or any person who would enjoy “Vedma” except for those odd folks who managed to find movies like “Boogeyman”, “Tooth Fairy”, or equally as worthless tripe to be good.

Positive things:
– Allowed me to have more respect for “Viy”. Negative things:
– Unnecessary CGI scenes.
– Bad acting
– Sloppy story.
– The pace of the movie moves so quickly that it hurts the story as well as various other aspects of the film.
– Zero scares or atmosphere.

Rating:
Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 1/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 2.5/5
Comedy: 0/5

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