A trailer and posters have arrived online for the controversial Russian vampire horror Empire V, which was pulled from its release by the Russian government just one week before it was set to hit cinemas, leaving it effectively banned in its home country.
Written and directed by Victor Ginzburg and set to premiere worldwide at Fantasia Fest this month, the film is set in modern-day Moscow and tells the story of a 19-year-old man as he becomes part of an elite echelon of society controlling humanity after being turned into a vampire. Watch the trailer below…
In the film, a 19-year-old Moscow nobody is turned into a vampire, and thereby becomes part of an elite and powerful echelon of society who have controlled humanity since time immemorial. Empire V is an astounding visual feast, featuring innovative and propulsive visual effects sequences that enhance and elevate its timely social commentary.
The film stars Pavel Tabakov, Taya Radchenko, Miron Fedorov, Vladimir Dolinskiy, Vera Alentova, Vladimir Epifantsev, Andrey Smirnov, Bronislav Vinogrodsky, Igor Zhizhikin, Maxim Drozd, Igor Gordin, Viktor Verzhbitskiy, Marina Zudina, Fedor Bondarchuk, Andrey Fomin, and Sofya Sinitsyna.
Empire V will premiere at Fantasia Fest in Montreal this month.