Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages

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  • Fake Documentary, Fantasy, Foreign, Horror, Mystery, Silent, Thriller , produced in 1922 Denmark, Sweden
  • Actors: Oscar Stribolt, Maren Pedersen
  • Directed by: Benjamin Christensen
  • Rating: 7.8 out of 10
  • Plot Summary: An terrifying assault on the eyes, Benjamin Christensen's 1922 documentary is a landmark film of witchery, possession, and sadism. Originally released under the Swedish title HAXAN, this eerie, unusual film experience uses seven chapters to illustrate a history of myths and beliefs regarding the occult. The film uses animation, creature effects, nightmarish sets, reenactments of satanic rituals and intense sexual imagery to weave a tale that ranges from being darkly humorous to severely disturbing. The original version ran 104 minutes and exists both in black and white and in a tinted Swedish Film Institute version.

    HAXAN is commonly available as the re-cut WITCHCRAFT THROUGH THE AGES, a version that runs 74 minutes. Voice over narration by William S. Burroughs and a score by Jean-Luc Ponty in this cut only strengthened the film's status as a cult classic.
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