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Interesting story (a porn film writer dictating plot ideas to his secretary), but doesn't really deliver effectively as this or as a real movie.
As a side note, you know you've made the right choices in life when a character starts watching 1900s silent Austrian erotica and you know the name of the movie he's watching
A lot of cool ideas, but doesn’t deliver enough on most of them. Not enough was done with the religion angle, and once they settled into the Iceland plotline the visual style became more routine. Some of the scenes felt very muddled and unclear. A pretty decent movie, but a missed opportunity in my opinion.
As an aside, an interesting amount of similarities with The Witch: emphasis on accents, period piece, muddy rural life, pagan religions, and of course Anya.
Very strong and ahead of its time. Feels remarkably modern compared to the other stodgy gothic horror films of the 1960s. A genuine supernatural element, mostly atmospheric horror, and no reliance on silly special effects (as in House on Haunted Hill, for example, which I otherwise love). Robert Wise is an underrated director! He made this and then Sound of Music two years later; what versatility!