Imagining a Better Future by Re-imagining the Past

Saturday, August 3, 2019


Where is the line between Steampunk and Dieselpunk? A new movie from Russia is blurring the boundaries between the two genres. The movie is Abigail.

According to IMDb,

A young girl Abigail lives in a city whose borders were closed many years ago because of an epidemic of a mysterious disease. Abby's father was one of the sick - and he was taken when she was six years old. Going against the authorities to find his father, Abby learns that her city is actually full of magic. And she discovers in herself extraordinary magical abilities.

However, the IMDb article doesn’t capture the style of the movie. According to Wikipedia,

Shootings will take place in Saint Petersburg, Moscow, and in the historical part of Tallinn, Estonia. The visual image of the fantasy city will be created on the basis of ancient buildings and narrow streets of Tallinn and Saint Petersburg, and finalized with the help of computer graphics.

Principal photography was completed in Tallinn will be transformed into the streets of the fictional city Fensington, in which, according to the plot, fairy tale events take place. The scenery combining the images of the 1930s.

Filmmakers of Abigail have developed an original conception of magic and a stylistics of closed fantastic city that combines steampunk and atmosphere of the early 20th Century Fox. There were created the unique images of the suits of city residents, rebels and their enemies - inspectors of the Security Division.

Note: The wording of the Wikipedia article is odd. I transferred it exactly as it was written.

Is it Dieselpunk, Steampunk or a fusion of both? Check out the trailer and decide for yourself.

Abigail is scheduled for release on August 22, 2019.

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