Viy #MovieReview

Film 204 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1967’s “Вий”. Or as it’s known, “Viy” or “Spirit of Evil”. This Konstantin Ershov & Georgi Kropachyov Russian fantasy comedy drama is based on Nikolai Gogol’s novel of the same name and is about a group of students from the city go on summer break, drunkenly wandering the countryside who all end up lost, and spend a night in the company of a haggard witch. A scuffle breaks out, and one of the students, Khoma, murders the witch. Only it turns out he really killed a beautiful landowner’s daughter, and now he must sit with her body in a church for three days, protecting it from evil spirits. This was an absolute nightmare to watch. The cameraman can’t keep his camera straight and is either zooming back and forth a lot or, for no reason, everything in the background including the sets are wobbling around. Did they film this in a wind tunnel? The main character we follow, Khoma… How are we suppose to like him? He’s clearly the sort of person who does what he wants when he wants. He killed a witch because she rode on his shoulders and looks like someone who needs a good punch in the face. This film has not only given me a massive headache but has made my eyes hurt. Overall, don’t watch this. I can only recommend it if you are as drunk as everyone in this film on vodka. I’d recommend Spirytus Polish Vodka. It’s the strongest alcoholic drink around (192 proof <- whatever that means). If you have seen this film, or the 2013 remake, then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1967’s “Вий”

Film – Viy (Вий)
Year – 1967
Director – Konstantin Ershov & Georgi Kropachyov
Written by – Konstantin Ershov, Georgi Kropachyov, Aleksandr Ptushko, Nikolai Gogol
Based On – “Вий” by Nikolai Gogol
Staring – Leonid Kuravlyov, Natalya Varley, Aleksey Glazyrin
IMDb Rating – 7.6/10
Length – 71 min (1h 11min)
Genre – Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Our opening credits shows a giant spider web in the wind
At a place with lots of monks, they trick goats into reading
You’re all going home! Don’t do anything stupid like steal chickens
So.. as soon as they leave they steal ducks, food and women
Three monks are hiking through the countryside while singing barefoot
They have shoes… but they choose not to wear them
The road has disappeared! It’s somehow turned into a tree covered in ants
All they want is vodka
Why is one of the monks carrying wellies on a stick?
They found a farmhouse but there’s no room
You! Pretty looking one! You sleep in the bedroom
The tall one can sleep in the loft
And this one that talks too much… sleep with the pigs in the farmhouse
What’s with the camera shaking about? Was the cameraman drunk?
The old woman become creepy and stalks Khoma
She sits on Khoma’s shoulders and makes him walk in the night
She’s clearly a witch! Brush made out of twigs and making Khoma float
That is some back green screen. I can see the studio light reflections
Khoma has killed the witch… who seems to be enjoying it
Wait… the old witch isn’t old! She’s young… and looks like Kristen Stewart
I think it is her as she can’t keep her mouth shut
Khoma returns to the church to confess about what he has done
This is clearly filmed in a studio
News travels fast as everyone knows about the witches death
I didn’t know lashing a tongue affected how you sat down
This film has given me a headache
And it’s making my eyes hurt
Can someone tell these cameraman to stop messing about with the zoom?
They stop for the night and get drunk on vodka
I feel like I have to be drunk to watch this

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