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"Onibaba" - William Friedkin picked it as most frightening of all time

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This from the man who made "The Exorcist."


I first saw the Japanese "Onibaba" decades ago in Los Angeles; I've never forgotten it. Two women in medieval Japan kill soldiers for profit. There is a feminist theme running through it. It is savage and dark and eerie. I highly recommend.


Would love to see it on TCM.

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It is a terrific movie.


The director made a second film "Kuroneko" which is more overtly supernatural than "Onibaba." I would like to see that one some day.


They are both great, though I still slightly favor Onibaba. I mean just the thunderous theme song alone is a pleasure to listen to.  Kuroneko has the strongest visuals and the creepier FX work, I'll give it that.

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