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The Horror Pod Class Episode 123: Viy (1967)

live from the Dr. Roman Armitage Memorial High School AV Room Welcome to episode 122 of The Horror Pod Class. This week it is Viy. My name is Tyler and I am the editor in chief of  Signal Horizon a magazine dedicated to exploring genre fiction in and out of the classroom. 

What are We watching/reading

Tyler: Double Dead Chuck Wendig. Shadow and Bone. Devils Carnival

Orrin: Precious little this week, more’s the pity, as I’m buried in one work thing or another. 

Dark Corner of the Web: Episode 93 of The Outer Dark.

Essential Question: What can VIY tell us about Gothic Literature and Filmmaking

SUMMARY: A young priest is ordered to preside over the wake of witch in a small old wooden church of a remote village. This means spending three nights alone with the corpse with only his faith to protect him.

Directors: Konstantin Ershov, Georgiy Kropachyov

Writers: Konstantin Ershov, Nikolay Gogol (story) (as Nikolai Gogol) | 2 more credits »

Stars: Leonid Kuravlyov, Natalya Varley, Aleksey Glazyrin | See full cast & crew »

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Complete credited cast:
Leonid KuravlyovLeonid KuravlyovKhoma
Natalya VarleyNatalya VarleyPannochka (as N. Varley)
Aleksey GlazyrinAleksey GlazyrinSotnik (as A. Glazyrin)
Nikolay KutuzovNikolay KutuzovVedma (as N. Kutuzov)
Vadim ZakharchenkoVadim ZakharchenkoKhalyava (as V. Zakharchenko)
Pyotr VesklyarovPyotr VesklyarovRektor / Dorosh (as P. Vesklyarov)
Vladimir SalnikovVladimir SalnikovGorobets (as V. Salnikov)
Dmitriy KapkaDmitriy KapkaOverko (as D. Kapka)
Stepan ShkuratStepan ShkuratYavtukh (as S. Shkurat)
Georgiy SochevkoGeorgiy SochevkoStepan (as G. Sochevko)
Nikolay YakovchenkoNikolay YakovchenkoSpirid (as N. Yakovchenko)
Nikolay PanasevNikolay PanasevUteshitel (as N. Panasev)

Talking about the Nun

Def in the Gothic Tradition and in that way could be quite useful for classrooms

Good Detailed Breakdown of Gothic Lit

Some heavy Mime action towards the end.

Its like the mountain fight in LoR

Color palette is rad. 

Black Sunday is based off of the short story

Keeping the dead company really makes me think of the Vigil which is GREAT!

Four Films: It’s a trick question, because there ARE no other films like Viy!

Orrin: Haxan (1922) and Black Sunday (1960)

Tyler: The Nun (2018) Hagazussa: A Heathens Curse (2017)

Anonymous Letterboxd User

It looked really good but the story was slow as shit. For only being 77 minutes long, it dragged. Some shots were really dope and the creatures towards the end was genuinely creepy. Shoutout to Mother Russia. Like The Weeknd said, “You want to be… high for this.” Good news tho, I definitely found my new haircut inspiration in this movie. CLOSING

Next Week: Saint Maud with Nadia Bulkin