A young priest is ordered to preside over the wake of witch in a small old wooden church of a remote village. This means spending three nights alone with the corpse with only his faith to protect him.
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Complete credited cast:
Leonid Kuravlyov ...
Natalya Varley ...
Pannochka (as N. Varley)
Aleksey Glazyrin ...
Merchant Sotnik (as A. Glazyrin)
Nikolay Kutuzov ...
Witch (as N. Kutuzov)
Vadim Zakharchenko ...
Khalyava (as V. Zakharchenko)
Pyotr Vesklyarov ...
Rector of the Seminary / Dorosh (as P. Vesklyarov)
Vladimir Salnikov ...
Gorobets (as V. Salnikov)
Dmitriy Kapka ...
Overko (as D. Kapka)
Stepan Shkurat ...
Yavtukh (as S. Shkurat)
Georgiy Sochevko ...
Stepan (as G. Sochevko)
Nikolay Yakovchenko ...
Spirid (as N. Yakovchenko)
Nikolay Panasev ...
Schoolmaster (as N. Panasev)
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Getting lost, wandering home whilst on leave from his seminary, novice monk Khoma stays in the barn of an old woman. A scuffle breaks out. Later, he is summoned to stand and pray over a young dead woman, in the local church, for three nights. It is here that, while in the long, dark nights of the locked doors, the dead regain life, the souls of Hell taunt the young monk to near terrifying insanity, and the test of Faith will be as powerful as the witches, monsters and the mighty demon Viy who haunt his every step and bay for his very soul. Written by Cinema_Fan

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Viy or Spirit of Evil  »

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Trivia

Originally a Ukrainian folk story. See more »

Goofs

In scene, when Pannochka tries to across "saint circle" you can see, that an actress rests to glass (her palms touching surface). At the same time Khoma mirroring in glass. See more »

Quotes

Pannochka: I summon the vampires! I summon the werewolves!... I summon Viy!
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Version of Black Sunday (1960) See more »

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Night on Bald Mountain
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It could have been scarier
11 April 2006 | by (Archangel, Russia) – See all my reviews

Good fairy-tale that can show what potential existed in Russian cinema decades ago. What makes it so special is not special effects but special rich national atmosphere: costumes, huts, talks, dancing, music, etc. It all has Russian flavour (Ukrainian, if you like). This film was very popular among Soviet kids and truly it remains the highest achievement of Russian cinema in horror/comedy genre. Years have passed but time only points out that it is an example of professional and artistic cinema.

9 out of 10 (have a feeling that its makers were restrained and were not allowed to dish all the horrors out). Thank you for attention.


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