Ever heard of Viy, or ‘The Forbidden Empire’ (not the one with Jackie Chan) as it’s known over here? I won’t be surprised if the answer is no, because the 2014 Russian dark fantasy movie has somewhat slipped under the radar. It might have come out a while ago, but movies and TV shows are increasingly turning to CGI to bring fantastical characters to life, (Rogue One even brings back (opens in new tab)), sometimes it’s good to remind ourselves that practical effects still have a place in movies. Telling the tale of Jonathan Green’s travels through the East, the cartographer ends up getting stuck in Ukraine. Heavy fog and an impenetrable forest hide a village that’s barricaded themselves against the evils that lurk outside. Somehow a moat doesn’t prove very effective against the hellish monsters, though… Downright outstanding practical effects blended with CGI mean that its creatures refuse to leave my mind, so I’ve decided to share them with you. Because I’m considerate like that.