Night WatchBy now, internet buzz about the Russian sci-fi/horror/action flick Night Watch has been growning for months which sounds, paricularly when one can't actually see it, like a pretty amazing movie. Based on the visuals alone (the US site is here), if nothing else it's a unusually slick, good-looking, creepy movie, which is more than can be said for a lot of what gets released.

Its plot, which is based on a series of novels by Sergei Lukyanenko, tells the story of an age-old conflict between the forces of light and dark. Under the terms of a truce between the sides, the forces of light rule the day, and those of dark rule the night. "In modern day Moscow the dark Others actually roam the night as vampires while a 'Night Watch' of light forces...try to control them and limit their outrage." Got it?

The movie was originally scheduled to be released in the US over the summer, but it was pushed back and ultimately disappeared from Fox Seachlight's release schedule. Just the other day, though, the folks at Fangoria received word of a new, official date: February 17, 2005. Woo hoo! Getting greedy, it may be safe to assume that, if Night Watch is reasonably successful here, the sequel, Day Watch (which is due for a Russian release shortly) will follow, hopefully sooner than later.