Directed by Konstantin Ershov, Georgiy Kropachyov
Based on the classic novella by Nikolai Gogol – and previously adapted by Mario Bava as BLACK SUNDAY – the first horror film ever produced in the Soviet Union remains genuinely frightening. In 19th century Russia, a seminary student is forced to spend three nights with the corpse of a beautiful young witch. But when she rises from the dead to seduce him, it will summon a nightmare of fear, desire and the ultimate demonic mayhem.
In 19th century Russia, a seminary student is forced to spend three nights with the corpse of a beautiful young witch.
Cast: Leonid Kuravlyov, Natalya Varley, Aleksey Glazyrin
A pretty great watch; the effects are equal parts good and a little silly depending on the scene. I'm a little confused by the description saying that the witch rises from the dead "to seduce him", since it seems to me that the whole movie she's trying to curse him/get revenge, but that's more a fault of the site's description than the movie itself.
Man, I've been wanting to watch this movie for nearly 20 years and the last scene of the flick was worth that wait... so whimsical and eerie and inexplicably otherworldly. The movie as a whole is rather slow to get going, but it has a nice spooky atmosphere throughout. My only gripe was that some of the animal actors were a bit roughly handled but otherwise awesome flick!
Pretty great story.
It was a good movie.