Viy – The Soviet Anti-Sex Horror Movie

Viy – The Soviet Anti-Sex Horror Movie


okay team things are going really well
I’ve been making smart people videos for a while and they look very respectable
given my previous content we don’t care if you’re a slut
I really don’t and these are all important topics you know the future
capitalism media loss but what we really need to
talk about is this soviet-era scary witch movie hear me out viii is a 1967 horror movie from Russia
on the surface it’s the story of Khoma a seminary student and a pretty bad one at
that who falls into the clutches of a spooky witch and then bad things happen
to him for 50 minutes but wait I have so much more to say Khoma is a drunk well I
mean he’s Russian so he and his drunk friends are traversing the countryside
and ask an old lady if they can sleep in her barn that night the old woman tries
to seduce , and he refuses but it turns out that she’s a witch because all
unfuckable women are evil- spoilers -and the evil witch ends up writing him
around the countryside Khoma then beats the witch and as she lays dying she transforms into a beautiful woman no she was hot all along no so I
guess she was actually beautiful and she was trying to seduce him as an old woman, ugh,
Russia- Khoma flees like a coward only to find out later that the witch was
actually a local farm girl who by the way died of her injuries after he
savagely beat her after she rode him like a horse the ungrateful swine sorry
I’m sorry Khoma then must conduct her funeral rites
and stand vigil over her body in the church for three nights during which she
justifiably terrorizes him like the Satanic princess she is there’s a lot of
symbolism and metaphor in this movie that’s heavily informed by the politics
of the time it was made so Soviet Russia the Soviet era of Russia lasted for 69
years nice before dissolving entirely on December 31st 1991 this is a very dense
subject that we can’t possibly cover on a granular level in a video about a
spooky witch movie but broadly speaking Soviet Russia had three distinct periods
the Lenin years the Stalin years and the Brezhnev years the Lenin years when
Americans talk about Soviet Russia we have a few go to jokes like the Russian
reversal in Soviet Russia car drives you and it’s generally seen as a time of
intense government overreach and authoritarian control so it might
surprise you to learn that Vladimir Lenin actually put in place some of the
most progressive policies the country had ever seen this was the only time in
Russian history to this day that anti-homosexuality laws were repealed he
also repealed anti-abortion laws and made it easier for women to get divorced
he limited the workday to 40 hours a week and believed strongly in educating
the working class providing free public schools to the masses
this was also a really important time in Russian art and film and Lenin really
wanted to cultivate a strong identity of what the new Soviet era would look like
which is why so much of the propaganda from the time looks so similar
everything needs to be on brand utilized the color palette pushed the merch like
comment and subscribe the Lenin years weren’t perfect there was still a lot of
government overreach but then Lenin died and I cannot stress this enough
everything went to shit the Stalin years Joseph Stalin was a huge dick that’s it
that’s the end of the story when people think of the worst events of Soviet
Russia the breadlines the executions the gulags most of it happened under Stalin
Lenin had been relatively lenient with artists and authors who were critical of
the regime but Stalin was complete trash and would arrest anyone who hurt his
feelings government control hit an all-time high
and just like that a People’s Revolution to free themselves from the rain and
tyranny of a greedy monarch became shorthand for authoritarian control
bummer the Brezhnev years Leonid Brezhnev was
sort of this middle ground like he wasn’t nearly as progressive as Lenin
but he wasn’t executing as many people as Stalin centrist am i right and like
most centrists he was very conservative and this was the time period that V was
made V is one of the only horror movies made during the entire Soviet era
because all films were made by a single government controlled company whose
primary goal was to push pro Soviet propaganda Soviet films needed to
inspire pride and exuberance in the Russian people and horror isn’t great
for that the only reason he squeaked by the censors is its connection to famed
Russian author Nikolai Gogol the original novella the Viy sometimes
translated to the spirit of evil follows generally the same plot but the movie
twists the story to promote Brezhnev’s anti promiscuity message man government
putting propaganda in films so wild can’t even
imagine that what a weird manipulative way to run a country. Anti-promiscuity like
God what a soggy bottom Lame wad fuck you Brezhnev I’m glad you’re dead I’m sorry
I’m I’m sorry I- Khoma’s fatal mistake in the movie isn’t that he murdered an
innocent witchy babe according to the morality of the movie the fatal flaw was
actually here did you catch it instead of rejecting the old woman on
his purity alone he rejects her simply because she’s too old and not hot enough
for him and despite his initial disinterest he does in fact well go for
a ride so your girl’s a cougar I guess the witch riding Khoma is a metaphor for
intercourse and when they land she lays exhausted on the ground chest heaving
the way one might right after sex everything after this moment is comas
punishment honestly the movie doesn’t even get
spooky until like 37 minutes in when Khoma enters the church for his first
night’s vigil over the woman’s body these scenes are what make Viy iconic and so rewatchable it swings hard into Gothic romance imagery before taking a
hard right straighten to oh my god I love this movie so much like it’s just
so weird essentially what’s happening is the witch is rising from her coffin each
night and trying to come after Khoma she can hear him but she can’t see him he
draws a sacred circle around himself and prays as hard as he can until dawn when
she’s forced to return to her coffin the use of religion is also politically
relevant as Soviet Russia was attempting to undermine the church and push
national atheism so showing a seminary student does a drunken fuck boys not an
accident on the final night the shit really hits the fan and this final scene
is just let me walk you through it the which
rises from her coffin and instead of going after Khoma herself she summons all
manner of monsters to find him for her but even with these demons literally
coming out of the walls the monsters can’t see Khoma finally she summons thee
who is decidedly more comical looking than the rest of the monsters but we’re
going to overlook that and he orders the others to lift his huge eyelids to
search for Khoma he’s spotted and the Horde descends on him the rooster crows
everyone scatters the which transforms back into an old woman and her coffin
splits apart honestly the best part of this entire scene is how the priests who
find him react ooh nope and that’s the end he dies from
barn sex I didn’t say it was good I said we were talking about it so what have we
learned today nothing actually I just wanted to talk
about V propagandas bad okay okay there’s more to it than that movies are
not just entertainment it would be cool if they were but they’re not even films
that seem to have no political angle can still be influenced by the politics of
the era they’re made in even the act of not taking a political stance is a
political stance so the next time you’re watching a movie make sure to take some
time to pull it apart piece by piece and agonizingly deconstruct all it’s moving
parts and till it no longer resembles the thing you were previously enjoying
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35 Comments on "Viy – The Soviet Anti-Sex Horror Movie"


  1. The excitement on your face when you said "Soviet Russia" was everything I needed today. Also this movie looks wonderfully awful and I'm so happy you have introduced this to me.

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  2. The Worker and Parasite short that played in front of Viy was very good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2_dhUv_CrI

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  3. The Soggy Bottom Lamewads is the name of my Mumford & Sons Cover Band.

    This just makes me want to recommend that everyone play the game VVVVVV. It's phenomenal. Support independent creators.

    Anyone else wondering what Brezhnev-era arthouse films would have been like?

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  4. Sexual liberation is important. Don't ignore the damage puritanical "values" has had on society for the sake of self deprecating humor.

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  5. Is there any actual definitive evidence that movies and art has the amount of influence cultural commentators say it does?

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  6. There's a new Viy movie coming out this year (a sequel to the remake) staring Jackie Chan, Rutger Hauer and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    I just typed this and realised it sounds like a joke… but it isn't

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  7. I'm loving all these new videos, but this one was definitely my favorite. Can't wait for the next one 🙂

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  8. I love so much your outburts "Like, Comment and Subscribe!"; it's so hilarious the way you do it and sometimes even witty (Stay on brand Einstein! I said s-t-a-y ON BRAND!).

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  9. I'm pretty sure I loved this video a lot more than I would love watching this movie. Still, thanks for shedding some light on this atrociously bizarre film! 😀

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  10. This is surprisingly not bad (sorry, I'm Russian, I am always expecting the worst when it comes to the topics like this)

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  11. I read the story a while ago and this movie has been on my YouTube watch list since then. This definitely makes me want to get to it sooner 🙂

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  12. I'm Russian and just want to clarify that Gogol (being a Russian/Ukrainian author) wrote about Ukraine, the movie is set in Ukraine, it's based on Ukrainian folklore, stop erasing Ukraine and calling it (Soviet) Russia! It was called a Union for a reason.
    Sorry if that sounded rude.

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  13. This is absolutely wild. As someone from Russia who grew up reading Gogol (the emphasis is on the first syllable btw, Gógol), but, granted, only saw the film after watching this video, this interpretation is just wild to me. IMO, there just was no such thing as sex in soviet Russia, to the degree that an anti-promiscuity message in a movie would have been considered too lewd. Riding or being ridden by a witch, or an imp just reads as completely normal to me? And so does the whipping? This is just kind of what you do with an evil spirit in a Gogol novel? Gogol was a pretty sheltered guy even for the early 19 century, so I doubt that there were any sexual implications in his novels. So with that context interpreting the film as an anti-promiscuity metaphor is… like I said, wild. Anyway, the ageist stuff is definitely a way too modern interpretation for a soviet era film. This is like you're playing 4D chess with an opponent who's barely grasping the concept of not hitting you over the head with the chessboard.

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  14. nice fun video, comrade. I was watching this one making a pause from this one https://youtu.be/tmimHKLDWcU , funny enough, relatad to Stalin, who "killed the entire population of the Earth sevenfold". so, maybe some of the criticisms of the context of Soviet Russia, given the new information presented here and the fact it came from Ukraine and so on, maybe there's room for some nuance. I don't know, and I'm honestly not trying to be confrontational, really. I just got that weird reaction in the Stalin related part. anyway, good video. lots of solidarity!

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  15. Cool vid. Thanks to Kyle Kallgren for bringing my attention to it. I've been aware of this film for a while, but never seen it. I remember it being described as an adaptation of the Gogol story that is both vastly more faithful than the Mario Bava version and vastly less well known. I now need to watch this film.

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  16. To be fair, it's not the only Soviet horror movie. In 1989(?) there was "Gospodin oformitel'"(can be translated as "The Designer"). Also, many movies marketed as family and/or child friendly were, in fact, dark fantasy and had horror elements.

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