in about 100 words or less
Japan 103m, B&W
Director: Kaneto Shindo; Cast: Nobuko Otowa, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Kei Satō
Set in 14th century rural Japan, Onibaba is a strange sexual psychological horror film about a woman who loses her son in the civil war, and her efforts to convince her daughter-in-law to continue killing unsuspecting soldiers and trading their swords and armor as a way to earn their living. Visually engaging, Shindo uses a minimalist set consisting largely of tall grasses, a deep pit, and the interior of closed in huts to convey claustrophobia, dread and helplessness in this frightening supernatural tale of jealousy, lust and murder (Klaus Ming December 2015).