Viy (1967)

This Russian film adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's story was for a long time the only horror film made in the Soviet Union. Khoma (Leonid Kuravlev), a young novice, travels across the countryside and stays for a night in a barn that… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 27, 1967
DVD Release Date: August 21, 2001
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Fred Camper
Chicago Reader

Russian director Alexander Ptushko is known for his special effects, which have an appropriately low-tech charm in this 1967 folktale.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Typical of Ptushko's work, it mixes gothic horror, from a short story by Nikolai Gogol, and grotesque animated effects in a proletarian automatic blender.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

The Viy itself is a disappointment, a lumbering, silly looking thing that would be right at home in The Neverending Story.

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Matthew Monagle
Brooklyn Magazine

Viy serves as the prototypical horror film of the 1960s, one whose special effects and lowbrow exterior disguise its own considerably more nuanced agenda.

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the russian horror classic can now be seen in it's entirety w/english subs on youtube here: . legendary russian movie studio… More
Greg S
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… More
Christopher Brown
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,… More