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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Konstantin Ershov, Nikolay Gogol (story) (as Nikolai Gogol) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Leonid Kuravlyov ... Khoma
Natalya Varley ... Pannochka (as N. Varley)
Aleksey Glazyrin 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 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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Storyline

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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Drama | Fantasy | Horror

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

Goofs

The first time Khorma inscribes a sacred chalk circle on the church floor, it is possible to see a partially erased circle already present, possible left over from previous takes of the scene. See more »

Quotes

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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Version of Viy (1996) See more »

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Night on Bald Mountain
Composed by Modest Mussorgsky
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Loving the atmosphere
10 September 2010 | by kneiss1See all my reviews

Minimalistic story, minimalistic effects, amazing result. This what you' ll find watching the first Russian horror movie. A totally unusual movie, with an amazing atmosphere. I found it absolutely interesting to watch. I felt like exploring a new world.

Of course the movie isn't perfect. Of course most effects look odd and cheap. Yet, it's an interesting visual experience. It has beautiful nature pictures in it, and a few seriously impressive effects and a great set.

This movie is totally unusual and odd. It'll not be to the liking of most modern watchers. If you like watching the unusual (like me), this movie is for you.


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

27 November 1967 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Viy or Spirit of Evil See more »

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Luch, Mosfilm See more »
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Runtime:

| (VHS)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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