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
I’ll have to admit, the ending bumped the score tremendously! Other than that, I’d just give the film a #1 for monk hair and also #1 serious legit staches 😜
A bit of a slow start, but once it gets rolling, you're in for a treat of special effects and suspense. The set design, color, and make-up effects are especially noteworthy considering this was the first Soviet-era horror film to be officially released in the USSR. I would have preferred if Shudder had the original audio throughout for immersion's sake, otherwise, a solid watch.
A good attempt, and nice piece of history. Bava did the story better though.
good movie, a few unintentionally funny moments from the dated effects but overall enjoyable as a horror movie. would have preferred to watch it with the original audio and voices and just have subtitles tho
Super cool movie. There were a bunch of times where i laughed cause of some dated effects but just as many times as i said "That was dope." Hilarious dub, crazy sets and costumes, A+ for novelty.