31 Days of Halloween — Day 8: The Phantom Carriage (1921) — by Dr. Shock

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Editor’s Note: Dave “Dr. Shock” Becker is a host on Horror Movie Podcast and the Land of the Creeps horror podcast. He is also the mastermind behind DVDInfatuation.com, a movie review blog where he is watching and posting one review every day until he reaches at least 2,500 movie reviews. Follow Doc on Twitter: @DVDinfatuation.

Ingmar Bergman, believed by many to be one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, was only a boy when he first saw The Phantom Carriage, a 1921 fantasy / horror movie directed by his idol, Victor Sjöström. Yet, despite his age, this picture would have a lasting impact on the future director.

“It completely overwhelmed me,” Bergman said when speaking of the film during a 1981 interview, adding that it left him “shaken to the core.” The themes of death and redemption, which figured prominently in Sjöström’s movie, would resonate with Bergman throughout his career, making their way into some of his best works, including The Virgin Spring, The Seventh Seal, and Cries and Whispers. Continue reading