Reviewed May 11, 2012
Dave Jay’s review:
Wow, quite an experience... an Estonian sci-fi detective flick from 1979, THE DEAD MOUNTAINEER'S HOTEL is a truly stylish, atmospheric and near-hypnotic movie with a fantastic soundtrack that veers between atonal synthesised noodlings and cracking, tripped out prog-rock.
DMH also appears to point the way to Ridley Scott's BLADE RUNNER (released three years later) through the way it approaches 'neon noir'. The DVD I have from Tallinnfilm seems to be rather grainy and murky, but maybe the original print was itself (the film was obviously shot by director Grigori Kromanov on a paltry budget).
Also included on the DVD are trailers for other Russian sci-fi ultra-obscurities such as THE PURPLE BALL and TEENS IN THE UNIVERSE - I'm gonna have to track down those two very soon!