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Baseball and Broomsticks
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.