Watch the 1967 supernatural horror story “Viy” based on the 1835 novella by the Russian writer Nikolai Gogol, where a student philosopher from the Christian seminary encounters a young woman with dark powers who can summon the ogre, King of the Gnomes, which the author claims comes from Ukrainian folklore tradition.
Goethe’s “Sorcerer’s Apprentice”: Power Over Wisdom
“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” an ages-old fairy tale interpreted as a poem by Goethe, made famous today by Disney’s “Fantasia,” illustrated the dangers of power over wisdom, and the risk of human creations getting out of control.
B. Traven’s “Macario” – Magical Realist Journey on Day of the Dead
The Mexican film Macario (1960) weaves a tale of magical realism – with special appearances by God, the Devil and Death. It all begins on the Day of the Dead, when a campesino named Macario goes on a hunger strike. B. Traven, the mysterious German writer exiled in Mexico, wrote the story, inspired from indigenous folk tales.
E.T.A. Hoffmann: The Soul’s Adventure on New Year’s Eve
E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Literary Gothic: Every New Year’s Eve the Devil keeps a special treat for me. He knows just the right moment to jam his claw into my heart, keeping up a fine mockery while he licks the blood that wells out.