A mystical drama based on a story by V. Korotkevich. The film is set in out-of-the-way Belarusian woodlands at the end of the 19th century. A young ethnographer, Andrej Bielarecki, comes here to research local folk legends…
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Unbalanced and illogical from the narrative point of view, but rich from its visual suggestions, an unexpected combination of Russian pantheistic cinema with some of Hammer's and Corman's horror victorian films, without this being a "recipe" in the Anglo-Saxon criticism's style but an accurate indication of what went through my mind and my eyes. Lasts a sense of a supernatural breadth without an emphatic debt.
If Viy is a formidable introduction to Russian horror movies with hints of pagan-demonic ritualism and superstitious believes from ancient cults, no doubt that this curious film by Rubinchik is an absolute must seen. Amazing, highly aesthetic and original metaphysical voyage through gloomy atmospheres, cold seduction and aristocratic mindless ecstasy. Somwhere between "Morgiana", "Mr Architect" and "Alucarda".