Kaneto ShindoJapan103 minutes1964B&WJapanese
In Kaneto Shindo's eerie folktale set in war-torn medieval Japan, an impoverished woman and her daughter-in-law survive by murdering and robbing unwary samurai. The return of the women's male neighbour — and the appearance of a menacing demon mask — creates a deadly love triangle that leads the trio inexorably toward their dreadful fate. "I saw [Onibaba and Shindo's other horror tale Kuroneko] at age ten, and they did some serious damage to my psyche[:] as exuberant and exquisite as a netsuke carving, these atmospheric jewels show mankind trapped in a cosmically evil world…. Onibaba and Kuroneko make a perfect double bill for the second circle of hell" (Guillermo del Toro).