Milla Jovivich, who I know best from 5th Element and The Messenger (Jehanne d’Arc) is a Kievan ‘Rus. She was born in Kiev of a Russian mother and a Serbian father. Oh. And she is a fellow Sagittarian :o)
I liked the first film. It was zombie-fun-ish.
That was the only one of the “franchise” that I saw.