Interesting tale in style of Dreyer's Vampyr.
A woman takes over the job of ferryman on a river, and saves her lover's life by sacrificing her own to drown Death when he comes for the lover. Of interest, though not ...展开quite as good as its minor cult reputation suggests (mainly due, at least in English-speaking countries, to William K. Everson writing about Wisbar's sort-of B movie remake of it, Strangler of the Swamp). There's nothing Hollywoodish about the original, which has the stark (and slightly ponderous) simplicity of a folk tale, and the same kind of unblinkingly realistic approach to supernatural events that Carl Dreyer's Vampyr (also starring Schmitz) takes. Wisbar is not Dreyer's equal, and as a last gasp of German Expressionism the production seems much less elaborate than that of pre-Nazi-era films; but there are certainly effective moments and an impressive overall atmosphere of peasant fatalism.