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 can't believe this isn't more widely known and talked about. The classical gothic material being played with is filmed and explored so beautifully. Honestly, I think this might capture the gothic horror in a more grounded-yet-terrifying way than nearly any other movie I've ever seen. But maybe I'm just a sucker for this sort of film.
Quite an interesting movie, I'm going to read what it's based off of.
Cool movie. Don't go in expecting to get your socks scared off. At times the story isn't as good as the sets, costumes, camera work etc, but they all come together well. Also the opening scene is cool as hell at least watch the danged opening scene.
I wouldn’t say this movie is scary, but I definitely enjoyed it. Weird and macabre. I will be watching this over and over, because I definitely don’t fully understand after one watch. I found it strangely relaxing.
Exceptional gothic story. Great elements of the uncanny. Well worth the watch.