Monday, February 27, 2012
Viy, or Evil Spirit, was a supernatural short story by Gogol. He liked to revel in folk forms before going after larger literary game in The Revizor and Dead Souls. Viy has been made into a movie countless times, but perhaps the most famous version is from 1967, directed by Georgi Kropachyov. It reminds one a little bit of The Exorcist. There is also this stylish new interpretation by Oleg Stepchenko, which seems to be equal parts Gogol and Stoker, with an English cartographer finding himself lost in the dark woods of Ukraina. It will be re-released in 2012 in 3D no less.