The poster to Russian horror movie “Viy” based on Nikolay Gogol’s classic Russian horror story.
Новая версия фильма “Вий”.Панночка.
"Vij (Ukrainian: Вій) is a character from Ukrainian demonology, which often appears in the form of decrepit old man with thick, long eyebrows and eyelashes, through which he sees nothing. His view can be deadly to living things. It is a destructive force that can ruin a house from underground, and in its place create a reservoir.
However, one is spared from this magical power due to the fact that Vij around him can not see anything because of his extremely thick and long eyebrows and eyelashes. In ethnography it is speculated that this image is associated with beliefs ‘about the evil eye, according to which all things under it perish or deteriorate.’”
'Vij is a powerful work of imaginative folklore. This is the Ukrainian name for the most senior of dwarves, whose eyelashes extend towards the ground. The whole story is a folk legend. I do not want to change it, so I retell it almost as easily as I'd heard it.' - Nikolai Gogol
Source: UA Wikipedia
The eponymous Viy of Viy - Spirit of Evil.
Viy - Konstantin Ershov, Georgi Kropachyov - 1967
Viy is just great! Reminded me of a cross between The Singing Ringing Tree and Haxan : Witchcraft Through the Ages!
Russian Horror: Viy (Spirit of Evil) 1967
Viy (1967) is a Russian horror movie based off the short story of the same name by Nikolai Gogol. The story is about a seminary student who must pray over the body of a witch in an abandoned church for three nights.It is sometimes cited as Russia’s first horror movie, but a more correct description might be it as the Soviet Union first horror movie. Combining elements folklore and satire into its phantasmagoric narrative, it is a wonderfully unique experience in horror cinema.