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There are several intriguing movies coming out of Russian these days, and Oleg Assadulin’s “Phobos” looks to be one them. That being said, I am a little skeptical. From the looks of the latest trailer, the film appears to be your typical “teens lost in creepy tunnels” flick, not unlike Igor Shavlak’s terrible 2007 slasher “Trackman”. However, there’s a creepy vibe running throughout “Phobos” that I was hadn’t anticipated, which leads me to believe that I’m unfairly comparing this film to its like-minded counterpart. After all, “The Descent” is certainly not “The Cave”. Hopefully that makes sense. If not, I sincerely hope you get over it.
Here’s a brief synopsis from IMDb:
Rainy summer evening… Young people are arriving at the new trendy club named Phobos which is still under construction. Or re-construction – since it’s a former bomb shelter which is reconstructed to become a club. At first, the party sees nothing wrong, but soon the bunker doors turn out to be locked, and the teenagers get trapped underground without light and communication. At first, all of them are joking and do not realize how dangerous their situation is. Then they get frightened. All of them will need to cope with their fears before the bunker will let them free.
“Phobos” is set to scare up business in Russian on March 25th. The rest of the world, I’m afraid, will just have to patiently wait their turn. Damn it. Here’s the trailer.