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Viy (1967) ( Spirit of Evil )


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  • Actors: Leonid Kuravlyov, Natalya Varley, Aleksei Glazyrin, Vadim Zakharchenko, Nikolai Kutuzov
  • Directors: Georgi Kropachyov, Konstantin Yershov
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: NjutaFilms
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004IIM1W0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,624 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sweden released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Russian ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), German ( Subtitles ), Hebrew ( Subtitles ), Italian ( Subtitles ), Japanese ( Subtitles ), Portuguese ( Subtitles ), Russian ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), Swedish ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Documentary, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Acclaimed Russian horror tale based on Nikolai Gogol's story of Khoma Brutus, a theology student made to recite scripture for a young woman who has died. Unknown to him she is the Devil's agent on earth and he is drawn into a frightening, twilight world. For three nights Khoma is enticed and tormented by the Devil's helpers, challenging his belief and resolve...

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Rigby on 25 Feb. 2008
Format: DVD
I loved this film. It looks beautiful from start to finish with a great sense of care being taken with colour and light.

As the other reviewer has pointed out it's not really a horrifying horror film but it does get quite tense and there's a real sense of drama about it; especially in the build up of each consecutive night.

The protagonist is funny and engaging making for a watchable performance. Elements are camp but if you like a more artistic approach favouring style over realism then this is a little gem of a movie.

Also of note for those wary of foreign/subtitled films, the pace is snappy and I was surprised when it finished as it didn't feel like I had been watching it for that long.

This isn't Hellraiser but it is a wonderful experience that should delight any fan of stylised cinema.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. E. A. Molloy on 22 April 2010
Format: DVD
One of the most lushly coloured and beautifully-shot films I've ever watched, The Viy is gripping, funny, creepy and lot of fun!
A young trainee-priest is engaged to watch over the body of a recently-deceased young woman, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy farmer, for three nights before her funeral; but knows something no-one else does - she's a witch! After being locked in to the chapel every evening, he is tormented throughout each night by various ways and things!
I cannot recommend this enough! If you like creepy films you'll love this. It looks like it was shot yesterday, and it genuinely gave me shivers down my spine :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ken Raus VINE VOICE on 17 Jun. 2010
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If you're a fan of the writer or of fairytales,this is for you ,given you're not a snob about trendy effects or reading subtitles...It is a great film because it's a literary translation of an interessant story about a shapeshifty witch, the daughter of a tough rich kulak or lordling,who seems like a hag and is yet a beauteous damsel who abducts frivolous seminary students for piggyback trips through the sky...It's not really scary but it is a fun romp and I thought the effects excellent and effective-It is theatrical and of its time,to be sure but so what?It's a european and a mythical theme and people still love such tales as it is a picturesque antidote to both the thematically bland or shabby and tendentious fare Hollywood stills churns out...It's good but many of the extras never played on my copy although the three silent films did as did the Gogol film...Good extras even then-A worthy buy.Dead Souls (Classics)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Catzilla on 25 April 2007
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Creative and creepy 'Viy' is pretty much forgotten these days but when it was shown in the old communist days in Russia it scared the pants off audiences! When my wife saw it at the village cinema in the Ukraine she had nightmares for weeks! (Well she was a child then but it put her off horror movies for life! One day I'll get her to watch Suspiria!) It's the wild and wacky story of a priest attempting to keep a corpse dead. It's all quite quaint now but it shows great flare and imagination especially in the fun special effects. If you love old vincent price/Roger Corman films and the Universal horror movies then this is certainly for you!
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