Yes, i had very low expectations for this horror movie (and low expectations
is always a good thing to have when watching a film, and especially
genre film like this) as it sounded very generic. A Teenage Horror movie
with a ghost creature showing up from some other dimension or something
and i was worried about the usual incompetent over-use of CGI as seen
in umpteen of Hollywood teenage horrors of the Haunted House type.
BUT, this was a Russian Teenage Horror and it cleverly had a middle-aged
man in the main role, a father worrying about his 12 year old daughter.
It didn't show the creature overly much, it had a bleak and atmospherical
setting in an apartment house somewhere in Russia in winter, and with
fine acting and a creepy and ambient sounding electronica score (by
.... i'm not sure, maybe by Pavel Ruminov, more known as a director).
This type of teenage horrors that has swept the world
the last decennia or so isn't my type of horror films, but the first
part of this film i actually
found to be scary, when the rational father Anton ( a very good Igor
Khripunov) at first dismiss the terror of the kids and of his daughter
hysteria, but soon himself starts to feel the terror when he realizes
the creature is for real.
The second part of the film is trashier when Alina Babak turns
into a russian Linda Blair, but that was entertaing too. There
has been a sequel
made in 2019 "Queen of Spades: Through the Looking Glass"
which i haven't seen, and this could be a russian film franchise. Mirrors
are Scary !
Four youngsters (aged from 12 to perhaps 18), Anya (Alina
Babak, holding the candle in the pic above), Katya, Sergey and Matvey
in Katya's aunts apartment where she tells the other three a frightening
story about a nasty ghost, The Queen of Spades, that can be summoned
out of a mirror or a reflecting object by chanting "Queen of Spades,
Show Yourself" and by drawing a door on a mirror. If she appears
she will cut
the hair of the one who annoys her and who's about to die.
The kids perform the ritual and nothing seems to happen, at first, but
a day later Matyev tells Anya that he has seen her, and then he dies
from a heart attack. Anya lives with her mother Marina (Evgeniya Loza)
and she calls her ex-husband Anton (Igor Khripunov) a car mechanic for
support as a neighbour boy has died and Anya is filled with terror.
Anya tells her father that she too has seen The Queen of Spades.
Anton strangely enough .... or not .... won't believe
her, he's sceptic to put it mildly - "Your friends are morons,
Is there nobody normal around?".
But soon Anton starts to see "Her" too, in a mirror and in
his dreams. A man on the Internet seems to know more about this nasty
Anton finds him, he's Smirnov (Vladimir Seleznyov, also great) and he
reluctantly will help Anton. He tells Anton about the history of the
The Queen of Spades ghost once was an aristocratic lady in the 19th
century who murdered children, and was lynched for her evil deeds.
With Alina Babak turning into a Russian Linda Blair
and with Vladimir Seleznyov as Max Von Sydow's Exorcist, the latter
with his know-how about
esoteric things could be the equivalent to a Taoist magic man in a Hong
Kong Gong Tau horror film or the dwarf woman medium in Poltergeist.
The UK DVD presents the film in widescreen ratio (2.35:1) and with a
russian audio 5.1 or 2.0 with english subtitles, no extras. region 2