The year was 2013, I was surfing YouTube for some creepy tunes when I discovered a band named Nox Arcana and the song ‘Night of the Wolf’. You’re probably thinking what the hell does this have to do with this film review but trust me it has relevance so don’t get your panties in a twist just yet. ‘Night of the wolf ‘ by Nox Arcana is the reason I am reviewing ‘The Power of Fear’ also known as ‘Vedma’. If it hadn’t been for the eerie fan-made music video then I never would have been introduced to such a unique horror film. For a long time after first beholding the music video, I knew I had to see the film. Each time I played the tune, hairs on the back of my neck and arms would rise and that is a good sign when it comes to horror films right? So fast forward to the year 2018 and only now after years of hunting down this film am I able to finally review it!
The question here Fiends is, was it worth the wait? Let’s find out.
On a dark rainy night, a cynical journalist finds himself assigned to investigate strange events that have continued to occur in a small town where the townsfolk are unusually desperate for help. Plagued by a beautiful demoness ‘The Power of Fear’ is an alarming journey into the mind of the faithless, a true nightmarish take on supernatural horror. The film first made its debut in 2006 and is directed by Oleg Fesenko. The film is based on a novel by Russian author Nikolai Gogol.
At first glance, the film doesn’t look like much. Admittedly, I took one look at the badly dubbed English and thought ‘Oh God’ but you know what? I bypassed the cheesy voice acting and focused on the main priority and that was the story arc. I’m glad I did because ‘The Power of Fear’ was truly an extraordinary piece of horror cinema. Yes, it lacked the fundamentals of the modern typical horror jump scares but you should know by now that I love psychological horror with a twist and ‘The Power of Fear’ filled that spooky niche.
The film focuses heavily on the supernatural elements of horror, that being atmospheric tension, foreboding crumbling churches, a broken man’s lack of faith and urban legends. For a horror film, I personally would recommend giving it a watch. It’s different and that’s what I like about it. The cinematic experience is rather artistic and adds great credibility to the film. The demoness was creepy and enthralling. Floating white garments, inky black soulless eyes and long claw-like nails paired with an expressionless face was unearthly and added to the overall theme of the film very well.
Yes, there may not have been over the top utilization of special effects, no CGI spookums here, but that’s what makes a good film. If a film can hold its ground with next to no overly done gore just by incorporating a disembodied face here, a glimpse of a demonic entity there, then that’s when I truly hold respect for that film. When it comes to horror many filmmakers feel the need to add cheap jump scares and excessive gore and that’s ok but sometimes, like I’ve said before, you need to tame it in order to create a hair-raising ambiance. There were a few plot holes in the film that niggled at me but apart from that ‘The Power of Fear’ was a truly enjoyable encounter and I highly recommend it.
So in answer to my earlier question was ‘The Power of Fear’ worth waiting for? Yes! If you call yourself a horror fan then you should definitely give it a go. It’s far from perfect but it definitely holds the atmosphere and tension that most other films lack.