Nichego strashnogo is a screen adaptation of Victor Pelevin’s short story titled “The Blue Lantern”. It is about a group of boys in camp who tell each other scary stories while waiting to fall asleep.
The film consists of several such stories, each implemented in a different style: first one features live actors, and the rest are animated. The stem story (boys lying in their beds and trying to scare the hell out of each other) is also live-action. On all accounts the execution is nothing to complain about: the actors all do really good, there’s no overaction or formal acting anywhere; the animations are nicely done, albeit each of them is a pretty simple technique; more importantly, all the elements are merged into a single work seamlessly.
All in all, this is a great work, especially considering that it’s a student one.
Released in: 2000
Directed by: Ulyana Shilkina
Written by: Ulyana Shilkina
Performed by: Evgeniy Kraynov, Yura Savchenko, Volodya Filimoshin, Vladik Remin, Stas Alekseichenko, Natalya Aristova
Entertaining quality: 5- out of 5
Art quality: 5 out of 5
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