A Holy Place Soundtrack (

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Rating: 7.40/10 from 1300 votes
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Alternate Names:
Title in Español:

Sveto mesto

Title in Italiano:

A Holy Place

Title in Português:

A Holy Place


A Holy Place (Sveto mesto, 1990) is based on a literary classic, Nikolai Gogol's 1835 short story, 'Viy'. However, Kadijevic uses it only as a starting point for his own explorations into the dark side of eroticism. Gogol's story deals with Toma, a reluctant theology student who is forced to read the Psalms over an (un)dead girl for three nights in a row. All the while supernatural forces are trying to grab him from the Holy Circle drawn on the church floor.

Kadijevic adapts and enriches 'Viy' by inventing a new backstory for the witch-girl and her father. The dead girl, Catherine (unwittingly killed in the prologue, while in the shape of a hag), is referred to as a 'saint' and her father is a harsh and unpleasant man. Kadijevic departs further from the original story, and introduces an excess of perversity and horror more reminiscent of the Anglo-American gothic than the milder Slavic attempts in a similar mode. Incest is the name of the game here.

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A Holy Place
Suns and Stars
End of an Era
The Birth of a Soul
The Gravity of Love
Made of Stardust
Leap of Faith
A Matter of Time
Lettre à élise
Rise - Epic Music
True Strength - Epic Music
Agape Meets Eros
The Bride

User reviews

Brian Martinez

The soundtrack effectively conveys the sense of foreboding and supernatural elements present in the narrative, heightening the overall viewing experience.

Joshua Lewis

The lack of cohesion and consistency in the musical themes detracts from the overall viewing experience. The shifting tones and styles of the soundtrack make it difficult to fully immerse oneself in the story, resulting in a jarring and disjointed listening experience.

Timothy White

The music enhances the suspense and tension throughout the film, keeping the audience on edge and engaged with the unfolding story.

Amanda Gonzalez

The soundtrack of A Holy Place effectively captures the eerie and unsettling atmosphere of the film. The use of haunting melodies and dissonant chords enhances the sense of dread and unease as the story unfolds. The music perfectly complements the dark themes of eroticism, perversity, and horror present in the film, creating a chilling and immersive experience for the audience.

David Evans

On the other hand, some may find the soundtrack of A Holy Place to be overly intense and overwhelming. The constant use of discordant tones and intense instrumentation can become grating and may overshadow the narrative at times. While the music effectively conveys the dark and disturbing nature of the story, it may also detract from the overall viewing experience by being too overpowering and distracting.

Stephanie Miller

The soundtrack of A Holy Place fails to capture the eerie and unsettling atmosphere of the film. The music often feels out of place and disconnected from the dark themes and disturbing imagery presented on screen.

Lisa Parker

The composition of the music reflects the twisted and perverse nature of the characters and their actions, adding depth to their portrayal on screen.

Carol White

The diversity of musical styles and instruments used in the soundtrack enriches the listening experience, offering a range of textures and moods that complement the film's intricate narrative.

Mary Nelson

The haunting and eerie atmosphere created by the soundtrack perfectly captures the dark and unsettling themes of A Holy Place.

Kenneth Walker

The soundtrack seamlessly blends with the visuals, enhancing key moments and emotional beats in the film without overpowering or distracting from the storytelling.

William Evans

The musical choices in A Holy Place do little to enhance the suspense or tension of the narrative. Instead of building anticipation and fear, the soundtrack often falls flat and fails to create a sense of dread or unease that would complement the horror elements of the film.

Dorothy Williams

The use of traditional Slavic music elements in the soundtrack adds an authentic and immersive layer to the film's setting and storyline.