This year we at YRCS are ringing in the most wonderful day of the year by counting down with a new public domain horror movie every day leading up. Sometimes we’ll put a historically relevant pic, sometimes a short, but always tying in to spooky themes.
Day 3 brings us to an iconic Japanese period piece from 1964. Oninbaba (which literally translates to “The Demon Hag”) was inspired by a 14th century Buddhist parable, and tells the tale of a mother and daughter who make a living murdering civil war soldiers (from the Battle of Minatogawa) and stealing their belongings.
The film’s symbolism touches on themes of humanity’s darkness, the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and jealousy. The film’s revolutionary use of film production, and settings earned the film a place in the Criterion Collection.
WARNING: Nudity, NSFW, Not suitable for children, You’re welcome