Night Watch (2004) – Timur Bekmambetov

The next title from DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies as I continue my way through the vampire section of the book written by John Landis, is the Russian visual stunner, Night Watch.

Based on the novels by Sergey Lukyanenko, the story gives us a look at vampires and other creatures, all known as Others, as they hold an uneasy truce with one another. There is the Night Watch, which is made of the forces of light, and the Day Watch, which represents the forces of darkness. They enforce the truce and keep the peace, but trouble is brewing as a supernatural storm seems to be brewing over Moscow.

At the center of the story is Anton (Konstantin Khabenskly), he fights for the Night Watch, and soon finds himself caught up in terrifying events, that could see the end of the world brought about, or the end of the truce, which would plunge both sides into war again.

The film is visually stunning and has a unique way of presenting itself, and I love the fact that the movie, which is Russian, incorporates the way the subtitles are presented into the film’s storytelling.


The entire movie feels unique, and that is because the source material is so rich. In fact this film, and its sequel, barely scratch the surface of the novels on which they are based. The trilogy of books are towering tomes that have dozens of characters and little side incidents that fill out the novel. The headquarters we see in the film does not feel like the headquarters, and lecture halls I read about in the book, but they both definitely occur in the same universe.

This, as a film, and a book series, completely floored me. The books proved to be an interesting take on the supernatural genre, while the films told the stories in such a visually stunning way.

The vampires as featured in the film aren’t really the main creatures to be featured, though we do see some of them at work early in the film exerting what they refer to as The Call. Still, it’s a nice take on the creatures, as well as other macabre creations.

There are still vampire titles to come in this section of DK Books’ bloody, and brilliant Mondters in the Movies,  but I think there are very few that could be considered as unique as this entry in the very enjoyable coffee table tome.

This is one worth a look, and if you enjoy it, I definitely recommend checking out the novels, but in the interim, pick up a copy of Monsters in the Movies and find something to sink your fangs into tonight!




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