Tuesday, October 2, 2007

The Viy (NEWS)

The Viy (1967) from Russia is one of my all time favorite foreign horror movie classics. Not to give anything away for those who haven't seen it, a young priest accidently kills a witch and is then forced to perform last rites over her corpse for three consecutive nights inside a haunted church populated by an endless array of supernatural horrors. Based on Nikolai Gogol's classic story, The Viy was recently remade again in Russia though I have not yet seen this new version. And now Fangoria is running a story that it's being remade yet again (click HERE for the story), this time starring Christopher Lee and directed by Robert "Freddy Krueger" Englund. Not sure what to think about that... but see the original!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Never heard of this but it sounds interesting. Since when does Robert Englund direct films?

Karswell said...

Englund's apparently just returned to the director's chair this year (back in '89 he directed 976-EVIL and 2 episodes from the Freddy's Nightmares series.) Also, he just completed something called Killer Pad and I guess The Viy is his next project, though there's nothing as of yet on IMdb... Fangoria once again has scooped everyone!

Anonymous said...

Never heard of this either,hope it's good.y'know 'though kids today see Kane Hodder,Brad Dourif and Tony Todd as stars,surpassing greats like Price,Cushing,Lorre,(because their films are "boring")Englund is really the only horror star around(excepting Angus Scrimm,whom i met.)and when he and Lee die,there'll be no more great horror stars,so i hope this movie's good.

Karswell said...

I've met the Tall Man too, he's definitely the last of a dying breed of horror icons. I would never put Englund in the same league as Scrimm, but I guess Freddy does fit in the boat with other horror ho-hummers like Brad Dourif.

Man I hate that my post about The Viy turned into a Robert Englund discussion... he's like the least important part of this whole thing.

Anonymous said...

The Viy is completely awesome, the dvd also comes with the english language option too in case anyone reading this is afraid of subs...... now you don't have to worry like the big unadventurous movie wuss you really are.

Eric said...

Yes, everyone here should seek out the orig. VIY (vij)1967 -- a great story and truly creepy