Baba Yaga: Terror of the Dark Forest is a 2019 Russian horror feature film about a young family terrorised by the titular demon. The original title is Yaga. Koshmar tyomnogo lesa

Directed by Svyatoslav Podgaevskiy (The Mermaid: Lake of the Dead; The Bride; Queen of Spades: The Dark Ride) from a screenplay co-written with Natalya Dubovaya and Ivan Kapitonov, the Non-Stop Productions-QS Films production stars Maryana Spivak, Svetlana Ustinova, Aleksey Rozin and Yuliya Aleksandrova.


The young family who moved to a new apartment on the outskirts of the city. The nanny hired by them for the newborn daughter quickly gained confidence. However, the older boy, Egor, talks about the frightening behaviour of a woman, but his parents do not believe him. The surveillance cameras installed by the father for comfort only confirm everything is in order.

Then one day, Egor, returning home, finds no trace of either the nanny or the little sister, and the parents are in a strange trance and do not even remember that they had a daughter. Then Egor, together with his friends, go in search, during which it turns out that the nanny is an ancient Slavic demon, popularly known as Baba Yaga


“The film isn’t just kid centred, it’s kid-friendly. There’s also no blood apart from the split lip Egor gets from his father. And, despite the material, the film is never really scary. There’s the odd jump scare, but that’s it. There’s no sense of real danger or threat. I’m sure however kids will find it a lot more thrilling than I did.” Voices from the Balcony


Yaga. Koshmar tyomnogo lesa was released in Russia on 31 October 2019. In the USA, the movie is released on Digital, On-Demand, DVD and Blu-ray on September 1st 2020 by Scream Factory.


Maryana Spivak
Svetlana Ustinova
Aleksey Rozin
Yuliya Aleksandrova
Marta Timofeeva
Denis Shvedov
Igor Khripunov
Oleg Chugunov
Glafira Golubeva
Artyom Zhigulin

Technical details:

113 minutes


Baba Yaga – folklore

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