One of the glorious things about the horror genre is that no matter how long you’ve been a fan, there are always titles from decades ago that come to light that just blows you away. Not only in its presentation, but also the fact that somehow even the existence of the title had eluded you for so long. That is how I thought when I first heard about this Russian film several years ago. In all my years of paging through reference books, I never remember coming across this. So upon my first viewing of Viy, I really was blown away.
This 1967 film, the first horror film ever produced in the Soviet Union, was directed by Konstantin Ershov & Georgiy Kropachyov, and based on the story by Nikolay Gogol, it stars Leonid Kuravlyov as a student priest that has a run with a witch, which later comes back to haunt him. The special effects used for this movie, especially for that time, are just amazing. Just check out the trailer:
And now, thanks to the fine folks at Severin Films, now you can add this important title to your collection. The Blu-ray comes with the following:
- Viy the Vampire: An interview with Richard Stanley
- Soviet Cinema: John Leman Riley on the history of Soviet Fantasy and Sci-Fi films
There are also some extra goodies if you order now. Severin is having a HUGE sale, taking off 50% on a lot of their titles. Plus, if you order this weekend, you can also order the VIY bundle, which includes a T-shirt, poster, and an limited exclusive slipcase. For all the information, head over to Severin’s website HERE. Don’t delay…sale ends Monday at midnight!