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
The film lags at times, but the effects for the period—and the uniquely Slavic, folkloric setting—make this a film that any folk horror buff can't possibly pass up. Having the chance to see films like this is exactly why I pay for my Shudder subscription.
Oh my god! It's a ghostly mime!
Plenty of slow parts but I enjoyed the end sequence.
Every Russian movie has drawn out drinking scenes, and this is no exception. Watched it due to 'Wrong Reel' podcast gushing and am as disappointed as a bad priest on the third night. Save yourself the time and pass.