The Phantom Carriage (1921) and Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922)
Watch and review 31 horror movies before Halloween: 8/31
Movies from 6 Countries:
3 - Sweden
Movies from 8 Decades:
4 - 1920's
2 Folk Horror:
I sighed to myself, wondering What Was I Thinking when I realized I'd managed to Pick two movies from the same country and same decade when there were so many rules to fulfill, but I'm really glad I saw these for very different reasons.
This is almost going to be three reviews in one because I also get to tell you about my new favorite podcast, Random Number Generator Horror Podcast #9. I love it so, so much!
Basically two of the guys behind Welcome to Night Vale started a new podcast. The concept is that Jeffrey hates horror movies, Cecil loves them and is teaching Jeffrey about horror movies "one movie at a time. In a random order."
They have 2 six-sided die, one for the Scare (serial killer, dolls, Satan etc.) and the other for the Style (black and white, Asian Horror, a sequel etc.) They roll both and find a movie to fit. I am discovering so many amazing movies from this podcast.
The Phantom Carriage appeared in their line-up and the synopsis from the internet is basically "The last person to die on New Year's Eve is doomed to drive the Phantom Carriage for the next year." Truthfully, it's a lot more A Christmas Carol than horror, but I really enjoyed it.
Fun fact: it was made as a tool to teach people how not to act during an epidemic. lonelydumptruck
picked out Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages because he was in the mood for "something strange". We got it in spades.
Even though they were made a year apart, these movies are Night and Day from each other. Haxan purports to be a documentary (could this be the first mockumentary?) and barely bothers with a narrative when The Phantom Carriage could be a stage play.
I really enjoyed and highly recommend both.
The Phantom Carriage is available on The Criterion Channel
Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages is available on HBOMax