Zmeu is a demon summoned from Hell by a child’s game. He quickly kills young Vadim and kidnaps another child. Luckily, the town has an albino religious healer who fights Zmeu and wins. The family prays to see Vadim again at his funeral. It’s a case of be careful what you ask for when Vadim returns in Black Mass Rising.
The plot is a merging of every 1970s Hammer Films movie. It has demons, Satan, Dracula, and even Van Helsing. It is set in a grim Transylvanian landscape. The artwork is suitably grayed out and some is stunningly beautiful. However, the plot doesn’t flow very well. Scenes jump around in time making it difficult to understand. Luckily, the conclusion of Black Mass Rising does have a surprising twist. 3 stars.
Thanks to TKO Studios and Edelweiss+ for a copy in exchange for my honest review.