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‘ONIBABA’

'ONIBABA'

By: Keith Harris // September 6, 2012

In this 1964 Japanese horror film, a stark black-and-white classic, a woman and her daughter-in-law make a living by murdering wayward samurai and selling their weapons and armor. After they enlist the aid of male neighbor, lust and deceit drives the two women apart, and toying with demonic forces ultimately destroys them both. Echoes of Hikaru Hayashi’s creepily atmospheric score — comprising little more than Taiko drumming and pigeon coos — can be heard in Animal Collective’s sparer, more abstract moments.

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