Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Leprechauns are cute and all, but what really left an impression on me upon first viewing of Disney's Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959), is this pair of frightening characters that could have stepped right out of the Haunted Mansion... the Banshee, and the Coach of Death.

The banshee is a female spirit that appears when someone is about to die, methodically combing her long hair.

When the time is right, she hales the Coach of Death. Pulled by a team of flying, spectral horses, and guided by a headless driver, the Coach of Death ferries the newly departed to the afterlife.



Belle Dee said...

Watch it every St. Patrick's Day.

Unknown said...

I love this movie :) and love your collection of photos. As much as it terrified me as a child, this was always my favorite part.

Mallory said...

Do you know anywhere to find a clip of that scene? It used to scare the crap out of my sister and I and I want to send it to her! :)