Directed by Janusz Majewski
Based on the 1869 gothic novel by Prosper Mérimée, LOKIS concerns a pastor and ethnographer who visits a remote corner of 19th-century Lithuania where folk customs associated with the area's pagan past still have a hold on the population. There he finds himself the guest of a strange old family consisting of a sadistic Count and his mad mother, who—legend has it—was raped by a bear on her wedding night, the Count himself reputed to be the product of this bestial assault. A brooding, atmospheric film that trades on the folk horror trope of the detached observer from 'enlightened' society thrust into the backward beliefs of those isolated in a liminal region.
Based on the 1869 gothic novel by Prosper Mérimée, LOKIS concerns a pastor who visits a remote corner of 19th-century Lithuania where folk customs still have a hold on the population.
Cast: Józef Duriasz, Edmund Fetting, Gustaw Lutkiewicz, Malgorzata Braunek, Zofia Mrozowska
I found this intriguing and enjoyable. The cinematography and acting were on point. Really beautiful film and well portrayed classic creepy dark fairytale. Definitely one of the best (spoiler alert) Therionthrope (not sure if that is a recognized word in English, but I tried) movies I’ve seen in awhile.
Pretty cool stuff.
3.5/5: Interesting from a cultural/folklore perspective, but a bit too slow for my tastes.
Enjoyed this one. Missed it in the 70s.
A Protestant reverend from Germany finds himself in the heart of wild Lithuania, where many pagan beliefs still linger. This is a really beautiful and atmospheric film, with some nice details as to folk customs and songs and some amazing historical buildings used as filming locations. It really has the feel of a gothic novel, probably because it's based on one by the author Prosper Merimee. It's not truly a "horror" film in the modern sense, but it is a dark, gothic film with an undercurrent of the ambiguous supernatural. The lead actor who plays the Reverend and the actors who play the Doctor and the Count are all very good and subtle in their roles and their contrasting personalities play well against each other. This is a deliberately paced film which takes some time to tell its story. If you are expecting axe-in-the-head type material, keep going. This isn't for you.