The Devil's Bath Finds Folk Horror in Historical Reality

The Devil's Bath Finds Folk Horror in Historical Reality

This isn’t a spoiler but a warning: if you are particularly horrified by seeing the deaths of children or animals, stay far away from The Devil’s Bath, because it is built around those two things. The animal deaths are simply the texture of life in 1780s Austria; the children’s deaths are the movie’s fulcrum. The deaths are not gratuitous at all, but they are—especially in one case—drawn out, and awful to watch. The film was written and directed by Veronika …