While losing himself, 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 summonsed to stand and prey 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, that 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. —IMDb
Georgi Kropachyov (b. 4/15/1930, Leningrad), production designer, film director, screenwriter and actor.
Strong candidate for the greatest final 10 minutes in any horror film. Can't get passed how endearing the practical special effects are here. Weirdly this film film feels like there's a subtext about men not understanding women. Kinda has Raimi vibe where the ghouls are on the fence between simply being annoying and actually wanting to fuck your day up.
Albeit a little goofy at times, this film is as gorgeous as it is creepy. Great practical special effects, and a reminder of the horror films of yore. Prior to gore, sex, and computers - there's eerie spirits and creatures, incantations, possession, religious zeal, and a tense score. The production design is colourful and beautiful in a classic/dated way, while the cinematography is surprisingly interesting.