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
This is definitely a weird ride. It’s also beautiful though with it’s goofy nature and engaging visuals. The synopsis made me envision a very different film, but I thoroughly enjoyed what I received!
As someone who had never seen any Russian cinema up until the point I watched this, I think it was very, very interesting. I think the cinematography was very good too.
Weird but entertaining
Really weird and unique. I enjoyed the aesthetic and it included a lot of droll humor. For the time period, I was pretty impressed with the special effects. Overall, a worthy movie.
Russia’s first horror film. Classic fable vibe. It’s as if Disney and Hammer got together and had a baby. Great score, great camera work and the final ten minutes of the film are visually stunning, even to the most dulled aficionados. Nice piece of film history.