Viy (1967)






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This Russian film adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's story was for a long time the only horror film made in the Soviet Union. Khoma (Leonid Kuravlev), a young novice, travels across the countryside and stays for a night in a barn that belongs to an ugly old woman. When she attacks him at night and takes him for a broom ride, the scared novice fatally wounds her, and before she dies, she turns into a beautiful young noblewoman (Natalya Varley). The latter leaves a will, according to which Khoma should … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Horror, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
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On DVD: Aug 21, 2001



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Typical of Ptushko's work, it mixes gothic horror, from a short story by Nikolai Gogol, and grotesque animated effects in a proletarian automatic blender.

Full Review… | May 4, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Viy


the russian horror classic can now be seen in it's entirety w/english subs on youtube here: . legendary russian movie studio mosfilm has a youtube channel where they are posting their most famous films, most with english subs. they'll be adding 5 new features a week for a total of 200 by year's end. tarkovskys, eisensteins and plenty of lesser known gems can be found here:

Stella Dallas

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A seminarian in Czarist Ukraine must say prayers for three nights over the corpse of a deceased witch who had a vendetta against him. This Soviet era film, now available in the West, is one of the true classic horror movies, with no blood, sex or CGI but a brilliantly chilling story, amazingly elegant effects, and a final reel of full of horrifyingly conceived monsters . Faithfully adapted from the Nikolai Gogol short story.

Greg S

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A philosopher monk must spend 3 nights vigil over the body of a witch he possibly murdered.  I?ve heard that this is Russia?s first horror film, made in 1967, and boy, is it a doozy.  Though most of the characters are fairly unlikable and the story slows down in spots, this is a visually astounding film.  And the payoff, with the monk spending the third night with the corpse, has to be seen to be believed.  Great stuff.

Christopher Brown

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