Timur Bekmambetov directs 'Night Watch' and 'Day Watch,' grunge-noir urban fantasy set in contemporary Moscow.

‘Night Watch’ and ‘Day Watch’: Russian urban fantasy on VOD and disc

The Russian diptych Night Watch (2004) and Day Watch (2006), based on the first two novels of a supernatural trilogy from author Sergei Lukyanenko and directed by Timur Bekmambetov, are what I like to think of as fantasy noir set amidst an urban underworld subculture of sorcerers, shapeshifters, seers and vampires in a depressed modern Moscow. […]