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32 Days of Halloween VII, Day 16: The Phantom Carriage!

Phantom Carriage

Tonight’s a silent movie night and we’ll get to that in a moment. First of all, let’s sit back, relax, and enjoy Vincent Price giving you some badass spoken word fun. This is Witchcraft Magic: An Adventure in Demonology. Sample it if you’re lacking time but it’s Price, so it’s worth checking out. Yes, even for an hour and forty minutes. If you want to save it for later, remember that it’s on Spotify here. Or you can snag the whole thing as an MP3 bundle for just $5. Nice.


Then I thought about your friend and mine, Roald Dahl. I think I’ve mentioned it elsewhere on the site: yes, his children’s stories are delightfully morbid whimsy. But his adult short stories will twist your head around. (For a primer on such, I recommend the book I was given to introduce me to it: Kiss Kiss. Which is out of print. So damn it all to hell.) From that book, “The Landlady,” here adapted for Alfred Hitchcock Presents. With Dean Stockwell.

Update: Alas, the episode has been taken down. If anyone finds it again, please let me know.

That’s from the sixth season, which is getting a burn-on-demand release at some point in the near future.

And lastly, for one of our silent film slots, we have the Swedish film from 1921, The Phantom Carriage. Sort of like It’s a Wonderful Life but without all the “life without you” flashbacks, it’s the story of David being shown how he did screw up his life and how there’s still the chance to make things right. Or at least to make them suck less. And remember when you’re seeing these special effects and whatnot…this was released over 90 years ago. Enjoy.

A restored version of the film was released on the Criterion Collection a couple of years back.