Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

2 Episodes

Drunken nights lead to encounters with the Grim Reaper—and, paradoxically, a chance at rebirth—in these tales of death and transfiguration. In Alan Holly’s animated phantasmagoria CODA, a brush with death begets not terror but a wondrous cosmic journey through the glories of life. Then, Death comes at midnight in Victor Sjöström’s groundbreaking silent masterpiece THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE, a shivery New Year’s Eve–set ghost story renowned for its otherworldly special effects and pioneering use of flashbacks.

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Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
  • Coda
    Episode 1


    Episode 1

    Directed by Alan Holly • 2013 • Ireland

    A lost soul stumbles drunkenly through the city at night. In a park, Death finds him and shows him many things. This multi-award-winning animated short film begins as a chilling cautionary tale but ends on a heartwarming note.

  • The Phantom Carriage

    Episode 2

    Directed by Victor Sjöström • 1921 • Sweden

    The last person to die on New Year's Eve before the clock strikes twelve is doomed to take the reins of Death's chariot and work tirelessly collecting fresh souls for the next year. So says the legend that drives The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen), direc...