Esteemed Readers, Samhain is coming, so I thought about something really spooky this year. Besides, there will be an incredible full moon that day, so we might dedicate a post to the Soviet horror. Strangely enough the Soviet cinema did not make movies of the kind. The “Vij” I present you today is a lucky exception (for those of you who are fond of this genre). I suppose that it had some political reason behind. A Soviet man had to be happy with his reality & each movie had to convince him in what a wonderful world he lived. Horror movies were something completely extravagant.
The “Vij” is based on the horror story by Nikolaj Vasilievich Gogol, our famous, unique & first author who dared to write in this genre. Gogol’s literary style is so particular that he is able to make frightened even experienced amateurs of such stories. In accordance with our mythology Vij is a spirit of Evil, who brings the death. He is alike the Spirit of the Down World who comes to the new dead to welcome them, however if he meets an alive person, he will take one with him.
The plot so far: “Khoma Brute, a seminary student, with his friends stay in a farm-house of an old woman. The last one tries to seduce Khoma but he refuses & runs away from her. She jumps on his back, rides him giving to comprehend that she is a witch. Khoma fights with her. The witch pretends to die & turns into a beautiful maiden. In the morning Khoma & his friends return back to the seminary. The Rector begs him to perform a funeral service over a daughter of a rich merchant died that very night. When Khoma reaches the place he discovers that the girl is the witch he fought with. He will have to spend three terrible nights in a house alone with a dead young maiden-witch accompanied with Vij & his servants…If his Faith is strong enough to survive such a great evil?”
I have discovered the original version with the English subtitles. However, this genre might not need them.
Enjoy it, Esteemed Readers!