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Vij: Alone In A Church With A Dead Russian Witch — embedded YouTube video

Absolutely breathtaking. This is a work of art.

The IMDB has it listed as Viy with a 1967 date. 1967! Forty years ago and what I see puts today’s CGI-infested blockbusters to shame.

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Look at that! The sense of composition, the color, the lighting. It’s like a painting come to life. And this was done before computers, when the people involved had to have talent and know their shit firsthand. No relying on “We’ll fix it in post with the computer” or “We’ll have the colorist touch it up later.”

Hollywood, with its fractions-of-a-billion-dollars budgets hasn’t produced anything as beautiful or as frightening.

Update: TrueGore has it on DVD with English subtitles for US$10.00.

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