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Russian Horror, ‘Viy,’ Breaking Records Internationally!

Local language fare is continuing its strong start to 2014 at the Russian box office, as director Oleg Stephcehnko’s horror adaptation, Viy, is reportedly on-track for a record opening for a 3D film in the country, reports THR.

Viy, which premiered across Russia Thursday, had taken an estimated $17 million (600 million rubles) by Sunday night, producer Alexey Petrukhin said.

The film, based on a novel written by Gogol, the classic Ukrainian-born Russian writer of the 1800s, was last adapted for the screen in Russia by Georgy Kropachev and Konstantin Ershov in 1967. The new film, which shot on location in the Czech Republic, reprises the classic story of an ancient evil force that is awoken deep in the bowels of a monastery after the death of a beautiful maiden.

A faithful adaptation of Nikolay Gogol’s classic Russian horror story, starring an international cast that includes Jason Flemyng and Charles Dance, as well as Russia’s Alexey Chadov, the film opened to $2.5 million, before adding $3.2 million Friday and $6 million Saturday.



  • dirtyghettok

    Looks good, I’ll see. I’m always up for supporting the foreign market.

  • BradouttaHell

    Best thing about Bloody is finding hidden gems like this. Looks like it could be a whole lot of fun. Had ‘Rasputin’ covered by Turisas playing in my head… “Those Russians”

  • Vengeful-Pinata

    Man, I’ve been waiting for this movie to come out since I first saw the trailers back in, what…2005? 2007? I used to own the 196X version, which was GREAT! Not sure where all the stuff with Jason Flemyng comes from, but the earlier trailers of all the demon and witchy stuff has had me excited about this for a long time. Glad to see it’s FINALLY hitting theaters.

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