Indie Trailer Sunday: Sleek Russian Hitman Film 'The Ghost'

December 20, 2009
Source: Twitch

The Ghost Trailer

Today's indie trailer comes from Russia, a hitman action thriller called The Ghost or Domovoy in Russian. Thanks to Twitch for finding it. I chose to feature it today because I love the concept. It's one of those sleek ideas that you're screenwriting friend would come up with to mirror his own writing troubles. Basically, in The Ghost, a novelist and an actual assassin meet up and start working together, setting up an actual hit so that the novelist can get some real life inspiration. The production value in this looks great as well, it kind of reminds me of Bourne a bit. Give it a shot, you may actually want to see the whole thing after watching this.

Watch the original international trailer for Karen Oganesyan's The Ghost:

A novelist (Konstantin Khabenskiy) with writer's block enlists the aid of an assassin for some inspiration.

The Ghost, aka Domovoy, is directed by Karen Oganesyan, a former editor and director of another Russian film called Time Out from 2008. The screenplay was co-written by Oleg Malovichko (Vise, About Love) and newcomer Sergey Yudakov. This already hit theaters in Russia late last year but it looks like this is the first time the film has made its way to the US. It played in some Russian festivals in 2008 and in Toronto but that's it. IFC Festival Direct will be debut The Ghost on Video-on-Demand on December 30th this year.

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Reader Feedback - 18 Comments


wow surprising it's coming from Russia, it looks so well done and coherent... most of the films from there these days involve horrible loud/flashy action films or bizarre comedies...they recently tried to remake scene for scene I'm sold on this one though! was this reviewed when it played at TIFF? It looks more like Anthony Zimmer than Bourne, which is fine by me

Christopher M on Dec 20, 2009


Gee when does the american remake come out?

OCP on Dec 20, 2009


Oh stop your bitching about remakes. There wouldn't be remakes if no one sold the remake rights. 99.9% of the time the producers/directors of these foreign films sell their soul at the drop of a hat to get their film remade by the big bad American film industry. But I'm sure that won't stop people like you from your knee-jerk reactions against any and all remakes. Grow up and get out of your mom's basement. It's called business.

Whatever on Dec 20, 2009


I have come to believe that every film that uses a voice over in its trailer will be a bad film. Its an automatic turn-off for me.

Traveler on Dec 20, 2009


#4-Maybe it uses voiceover because the people speak in russian and it's easier to see the little snipits of the film in this trailer if some guy is explaining it rather than distracting us by trying to follow subtitles.

JP on Dec 20, 2009


I think the twist in this film will be the hitman wants to frame the reporter for the murders by bringing him into his world and setting him up, what do you think? Answers on a postcard. Looks pretty good and Konstantin Khabenskiy rules.

Crapola on Dec 21, 2009


I agree with 6 and 5 (though that was a particularly annoying voice over).

Collin on Dec 21, 2009


I love that Konstantin Khabenskiy's character's name is AGAIN Anton, as it was in Night Watch/Day Watch (Anton Gorodetsky).

Brendan on Dec 21, 2009


The VO sucked, but the movies looks pretty good. XD

Lar on Dec 21, 2009


now thats impressive in its simplicity well cut trailer too i will be on the look out for this one in english

Burak "D'aequitas" on Dec 21, 2009


#7 (Collin) I gotta say that the writer becomes the next hitman 🙂

Name Required on Dec 21, 2009


yup. among my top 10 worst trailer voiceovers. i'd definitely take subtitles any day.

case on Dec 21, 2009


PS: hitman tries to kill writer. writer becomes hitman of hitman. or, writer was hitman all along. also, everyone gets AIDS.

case on Dec 21, 2009


looks good.

xerxex on Dec 21, 2009


Check out "Best Seller" with James Woods for a similar American movie.

Model 101 on Dec 21, 2009


Subtitles would have much suited that trailer better. That voiceover sounded like a parody. Looks like a decent flick.

DLM Entertainment on Dec 21, 2009


I'd watch it.

arjones on Dec 22, 2009


I would watch it.

arjones on Dec 22, 2009

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