The Phantom Carriage

The Phantom Carriage ★★★★

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This review may contain spoilers.

This Swedish silent film from director Victor Sjöström (who also acts as the main protagonist) is often placed within the horror category but is actually more of a supernatural morality play, albeit with some memorably haunting imagery. Although its handling of the female characters seems very one-dimensional by today’s standards, it remains a powerful tale, powerfully told.

A scene involving Sjöström’s character breaking down a door with an axe to get to his estranged family was copied several decades later in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

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