Language barrier, hell. I've seen Bergman's classic, a few times. Not bad, but I'll take Clint and Clyde over art house Death any day.
I tried to stick with the supernatural, while avoiding the inclusion of zombies (unless they were supernaturally inspired), slashers (with two obvious exceptions, as you'll see), animals run amok, or anything with a hint of science fiction to it.
Ultimately, the film sets down on the side of morality as it depicts the futility of recklessly attempting to regain one's youth by pursuing a superficial sexual fantasy.
I guess showing that Greenpeace short in class and getting us dumb little kids to write heartfelt letters to the Canadian PM gave the Science teacher something to pat himself on the back for, but it contributed to legislation that impoverished and devastated entire communites.
...so I made my own. I thought Mr. Curry deserved better.
Anyone who claims they've seen spiders chased away by the presence of a mere hedge apple (or twenty) is either pulling your leg or basing their opinion on wishful thinking instead of observation.