Baseball and Broomsticks

Baseball and Broomsticks

3 Episodes

Something witchy this way comes in these sinister brews of satanism, black magic, and . . . baseball? Sean McCoy’s eerie occult exposé THE BEANING finds a diabolical conspiracy in the 1920 death-by-fastball of Cleveland Indians shortstop Ray Chapman. It casts its unholy spell in part through the use of creepy archival footage, including material from Benjamin Christensen’s legendary silent danse macabre HÄXAN, another one-of-a-kind pseudodocumentary that presents the history of witchcraft as a hallucinatory gallery of the grotesque.

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Baseball and Broomsticks
  • Sean McCoy Interview

    Episode 1

  • The Beaning

    Episode 2

    Directed by Sean McCoy • 2017 • United States

    Devils in the outfield! Steeped in occult dread, this experimental documentary uncovers a sinister conspiracy theory surrounding the death of Cleveland baseball player Ray Chapman, who was killed by a ball thrown by Yankees pitcher Carl Mays in 1920.

  • Häxan

    Episode 3

    Directed by Benjamin Christensen • 1922 • Denmark

    Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and a satanic Sabbath: Benjamin Christensen's legendary film uses a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that the witches of the Middle Ages suffered the same hysteria as turn-o...