Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Bad Omens For Night Watch

Russian horror blockbuster Night Watch, released last week, came preceded by an aggressive poster and trailer campaign which hardly let on that the film hadn't flown in direct from Hollywood Central. Reportedly the most expensive production in Russian cinema history, Timur Bekmambetov's episode-one-of-three features the forces of light and their Night Watch breaking their thousand-year truce with the army of darkness and its Day Watch, all on the Moscow metro. Don't mention Underworld's werewolves-vs.-vampires high concept, but feel free to think of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's similarly-themed collaboration Good Omens, a 1990 comic novel of which the Gazette owns a battered and well-loved copy.

What a shame, then, that Gazette Towers' local cinema has obviously received so many customer complaints about the programme not being in English that there's now a sign stuck all over the door:

Night Watch has subtitles and some English narration.

And this is Guardian-reading Lib Dem-voting Richmond. Heaven help Kingston.


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