As enchantingly ethereal as it is bewitching, Benjamin Christensen's 1922 silent film "Häxan" is an outstanding documentary on the history of witchcraft and it's relation to the ignorant hysteria in the foul understanding and disturbing view of psychiatric patients in that time. Grounded by an enthralling thesis, Christensen's film delivers on the haunting and arresting visuals with terrifying imagery that will send chills down your spine. Featuring a tinge of cleverly utilized humor and a powerful finale, this eerily bizarre film is an honest masterwork that holds up stronger than ever today. Truly one of a kind.
Jeff Lierberman's "Just Before Dawn" is a massively underrated 80's slasher that's way ahead of its time. "Madman" by way of "Deliverance", "Just Before Dawn" offers a varying array of positives to stand out from other slashers of the decade. Kicking off with a bone-chilling whistle that serves as the ghost in the background haunting this film, Brad Fiedel's immaculate score further compliments this subtle noise with his synth drones and arps. The main thing that sets this film apart…