Viy

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A group of seminary students from the city go on summer break, drunkenly wandering the countryside. They end up lost, and spend a night in the company of a haggard witch. A scuffle breaks out, and one of the students, Khoma (Leonid Kuravlyov), murders the witch. Only it turns out he really killed a beautiful landowner's daughter (Natalya Varley), and now he must sit with her body in a church for three days, protecting it from evil spirits. This horror movie was based on a story by Nikolai Gogol.

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Critic Reviews for Viy

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  • Russian director Alexander Ptushko is known for his special effects, which have an appropriately low-tech charm in this 1967 folktale.

    October 17, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The Viy itself is a disappointment, a lumbering, silly looking thing that would be right at home in The Neverending Story.

    October 17, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Viy serves as the prototypical horror film of the 1960s, one whose special effects and lowbrow exterior disguise its own considerably more nuanced agenda.

    October 17, 2016 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 4, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Viy

  • Nov 07, 2011
    If you combine Bergman and some of Bresson's metaphysical elements with the subsequent fantasy touches of Pasolini in 1974 and the random horror/fantasy insanity you're already familiar with in this era, you get <i>Viy</i>, a groundbreaking glimpse into the collision between the impossible magic of celluloid and a "Tarkovskian" struggle of faith against demons. Unique and influential masterpiece that opened new boundaries for camp fun in the most artistic way possible. 99/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2010
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2009
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2008
    the russian horror classic can now be seen in it's entirety w/english subs on youtube here: http://youtu.be/zyg0WUsY9HI . 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: http://www.youtube.com/user/mosfilm
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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