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 ...
Sotnik (as A. Glazyrin)
Nikolay Kutuzov ...
Vedma (as N. Kutuzov)
Vadim Zakharchenko ...
Khalyava (as V. Zakharchenko)
Pyotr Vesklyarov ...
Rektor / 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 ...
Uteshitel (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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27 November 1967 (Soviet Union)  »

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Viy or Spirit of Evil  »

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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When Khoma draws a chalk circle on the church floor for the first time, traces of previous circles are still visible on the floorboards. See more »

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Pannochka: A curse upon you! With the wings of a bat! With the blood of a serpent! I shall curse you! Curse you!
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Entertaining and scary.
29 April 2002 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Circumstances beyond his or anyone's control seem to spell doom for an inexperienced priest. The strange and scary witch he confronts will probably frighten grown men. Had the great pleasure of being introduced to this movie at the Egyptian in Hollywood last year. Make it available on VHS and I'll buy myself a copy immediatly and give it as a gift as well! It's funny, too.


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