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Critic Reviews for Viy
Russian director Alexander Ptushko is known for his special effects, which have an appropriately low-tech charm in this 1967 folktale.
The Viy itself is a disappointment, a lumbering, silly looking thing that would be right at home in The Neverending Story.
Viy serves as the prototypical horror film of the 1960s, one whose special effects and lowbrow exterior disguise its own considerably more nuanced agenda.
Audience Reviews for Viy
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
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.
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.
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