Viy (Konstantin Ershov, Georgiy Kropachyov | Soviet Union | 1967 | 12A)
Konstantin Ershov, Georgiy Kropachyov | Soviet Union | 1967 | 12A
Based on a short story by Gogol (itself based upon a Ukranian folk tale), ‘Viy’ tells the playfully macabre tale of Khoma, a young anti-hero studying to be a philosopher within the local seminary. After a night of misadventure, Khoma finds himself forced to keep vigil for three nights by the body of a local witch he has wronged. Will he manage to keep his sanity (and his soul) as more terrifying apparitions appear each night? And can he survive an encounter with the fearsome Viy - whose mere name makes lesser demons tremble with fear? Reminiscent of the work of Sergei Parajanov and Sam Raimi, ‘Viy’ is a dizzying, rhapsodic trip through Ukranian folklore.