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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leonid Kuravlyov ... Khoma
Natalya Varley ... Pannochka (as N. Varley)
Aleksey Glazyrin Aleksey Glazyrin ... Sotnik (as A. Glazyrin)
Nikolay Kutuzov 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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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

27 November 1967 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Viy or Spirit of Evil See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Luch,Mosfilm See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (VHS)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First horror film made in Soviet Russia. See more »

Goofs

While stopping at the inn for food and vodka (on the way to Sotnik's village) the horses are taken off the carriage, fed and watered too, but in between the shots of the horses, firstly, being watered and then fed, we still see them attached to the carriage between shots. See more »

Quotes

Pannochka: I summon the vampires! I summon the werewolves!... I summon Viy!
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Version of Sveto mesto (1990) See more »

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Entertaining and scary.
29 April 2002 | by goodellaaSee 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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