Viy (1967 film)
|Directed by||Konstantin Yershov
|Written by||Screen writers:
|Music by||Karen Khachaturian|
|Edited by||R. Pesetskaya
|Artistic Association "LUCH"|
|Running time||78 minutes|
A seminary student must survive three nights in prayer guarding the deceased witch maiden while she, along with an army of hellish demons, try to lure him out of his Holy Ring of Chalk.
The movie follows the original tale in a somewhat loose fashion, but manages to retain the majority of the images and action.
- Leonid Kuravlev as Khoma Brutus
- Natalya Varley as Pannochka
- Alexei Glazyrin
- Vadim Zakharchenko
- Nikolai Kutuzov
- Pyotr Vesklyarov
- Dmitri Kapka
- Stepan Shkurat
- G. Sochevko
- Nikolai Yakovchenko
- Nikolai Panasyev
Some of the 'witch' scenes and the ending where Viy appears were toned down due to technological limitations as well as then current restrictions on Soviet film production. The directors were able to avoid the previous restrictions by using what was considered a 'folk tale'.
This was officially the first Soviet-era horror film released in the USSR.
A modern version starring Jason Flemyng has been in production for several years and has gone through several different deadlines, but is planned for release in 2012. The 1990 Serbian version of the film, called "A Holy Place" has run on the Fantasia Festival 2010.
- Staff (2004). The Scarecrow Movie Guide. Seattle: Sasquatch Books. p. 367. ISBN 1-57061-415-6.
- "Viy: News". Russian Film Group. October 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2011.
- Fantasia 2010: Subversive Serbia Spotlight – New Stills: Life and Death of a Porno Gang, A Holy Place, and T.T. Syndrome
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