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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 ... 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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Details

Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

27 November 1967 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Viy or Spirit of Evil See more »

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Production Co:

Luch, Mosfilm See more »
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Runtime:

| (VHS)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Nikolai Stepanov who plays the demon Viy, was a circus artist. See more »

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In scene, when Pannochka tries to across "saint circle" you can see, that an actress rests to glass (her palms touching surface). At the same time Khoma mirroring in glass. See more »

Quotes

Pannochka: By the shades of night, may he go blind, turn his hair white. Bewitch him. Cover him with snow.
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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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