Cast: Leonid Kuravlyov, Natalya Varley, Aleksey Glazyrin
Studio: Severin Films
Catalog #: SEV93077
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Picture Format:Full Screen 1.33:1
Audio Format:Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Based on the classic novella by Nikolai Gogol – and previously adapted by
Mario Bava as BLACK SUNDAY – the first horror film ever produced in the Soviet
Union remains “genuinely frightening” (1001 Films You Must See Before You Die),
“a visual grab bag of terror” (FilmInquiry.com) and “one of the best horror
films of all time.” (IndieWire).
In 19th century Russia, a seminary
student is forced to spend three nights with the corpse of a beautiful young
witch. But when she rises from the dead to seduce him, it will summon a
nightmare of fear, desire and the ultimate demonic mayhem. Bursting with
startling imagery and stunning practical effects by directors Konstantin Yershov
and Georgi Kropachyov, this “overlooked classic” (Paste Magazine) has influenced
generations of directors for more than half a century and is still unlike any
horror movie you’ve ever seen.
- VIY the Vampire - An interview with Richard Stanley. - From The
Woods to the Cosmos - John Leman Riley on the history of Soviet Fantasy
and Sci-Fi Film. - Short Silent Films: Satan Exultant, The Queen of
Spades, and The Portrait. - Trailer.